There is one thing I think most of the fans in this forum and in general need to recognize. I think this everytime after Jose gets criticized for the kind of performance we put in yesterday or even at the weekend against Huddersfield for that matter. The average fan may not have been pleased by the performance, but Jose was, so criticizing him is futile. Even if he reads whatever the media says or what the average fan says, it'll never resonate with him because according to his ideology last night was perfect. We came away without conceding away from goal, for the most part were defensively solid, yes DDG had to make a couple of great saves, but then that's why he is there. So many times Jose has talked in press conferences about how he likes to be "humble" when approaching big games, because that's the way he sees the game. He expects the other team to dominate and be better coached in an offensive style, because that's not his strength. His strength is his defensive nous and people can whine all they want about how our GK saves us and our defense is shit but the fact is we don't often concede many goals. I often get the impression watching our defending that we are quite happy to let the opposing attacker have a shot at goal as long as he can only strike it at a single angle, because we back DDG to able to save it (Example Muriel's header last night, there was not enough time for him to be able to place it wherever he pleased). The job of the defense is to prevent an attacker from having multiple options when in front of goal, its only when they fail to do that has there been an error ( example the goal we conceded against Newcastle). Jose has built his career on the back of being nigh invincible at home and he's not gonna change that. People were having a go at McTominay for playing too safe, well that's what he is there to do. Away from home Jose is never gonna ask someone like McTominay to even try to do anything expansive. Jose likes him so much because he's the perfect player for him in such situations. The problem is fans expect us to play a certain way because they feel we are the superior team. Jose doesn't see it that way, especially not in an away CL knockout match. He will always analyse the strengths of the opposition and our weakness and try to counter those rather than doing things the other way around. You may not like it but that's the way he is. We need to keep our ideological bias to the side when we are analyzing our performances. Personally I don't like Jose's philosophy, but I never criticize it whenever we have a supposedly "bad " performance because its futile. His ideology is what it is and in games like Liverpool away or last night they worked perfectly. Whether his ideology is the ideal match for this club is a different matter, but as long as he's here we need to stop bringing in our own ideological bias while judging our performances, otherwise you're just making an exercise in futility.