Here’s the view from behind the carrot stalks …
We CAN do it … that’s been amply demonstrated. We had a long run of being unbeaten at home, we beat Arsenal, we drew against Citeh. That was this team, not something different.
A number of things changed at certain times but IMHO one of the big things is getting people back up to speed and confidence after being sidelined. Broja turned shit, Salisu looked lost, Tino was out of confidence, Stuey was half the player he started as. That all happened afer injury and it needs to be sorted.
We’ve got too many “nice to have” players like Redmond. He’s a good player (and who would have thought we’d see the two performances like the last 2 games ?) but he just has this habit of “going shit”. I don’t know whether it’s a confidence thing - or is it an “over confidence” thing. Even Klopp clapped that goal last night … where the fuck was that sort of strike 9 games ago ?
There’s too many other players that are not consistent - Redmond, Ely, Broja, Diallo to name a few.
Then there’s the “squad” - WTF is Djenepo contributing. Great player, just not in the Prem. Moments of brilliance, hours of crap performances.
Our CBs are blunt objects - I thought all 3 of them were solid last night. Big game, big solid wall. Happy days. Then Salisu noticed the blonde in row 4 and brain farts start. We’re not Real Madrid - keep it simple, get your foot through the ball, do not try fancy play. Lyanco got away with one last night with the circus stunt flick over Origi’s head - just fucking don’t do it please.
Substitutions and adapting the play … I don’t know why we waited until the 85th minute last night to suddenly decide that we were going to take the game to them? I’m not talking about “do it from kick off” but we could all see that Broja wasn’t going to score if that game went on 'til next Sunday. Adams was fresh, ready to go, 20 minutes left, get him on and tell him to work the defence. No, we leave it too late, the subs DID make a difference but it was too little too late. That’s Ralph IMHO - whether it’s him or his staff, it’s him. Too fucking stubborn to change it … pisses me off.
Don’t get me wrong - I don’t want us to become a Leeds … they play high press at any expense. That’s madness and why they are going down. There is a time for pressing and teams you can - there is a time for soaking it up and teams you can’t. I’m not sure we can see when to do it and when to not. Ironically, our best purple patch of late was during lockdown when all you could hear in the stadium was Ralph bellowing … coincidence ?
Next season will be the same as this. We’ll have ups and downs, probably stay up and we’ll take some big scalps. Carthief will flap like a windmill in a hurricane, Lyanco will think he’s Ronaldinhio, Salisu will forget which way he’s passing and Redmond will be Redmond. That’s why we kep coming back …