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  • This is bizarre. We’re seriously comparing these two now?
  • Yes, Brentford look very much like they’re being extensively coached in terms of repetitive attacking patterns. Interestingly, so do Atalanta in terms of their attacking play - it’s actually pretty remarkable watching their level of...
  • There is a lot of truth to this. Atalanta lost their heads, shape, composure, discipline completely in the second half. It was a mixture of being overwhelmed by the crowd noise, occasion, fast tempo, first goal - they basically stopped playing...
  • I’m not sure it comes naturally unless you have a team of extremely gifted players with an excellent first touch and instinctive tactical ability to continually reposition themselves to create passing lanes (zidane’s CL winning sides come to...
  • Play 4-2-4 as you did against Atalanta and you’ll get absolutely pulverised. Firmino will drop into the empty acre of space between your 4 attackers (none of whom like to either press high or drop back sufficiently to close the half spaces to...
  • el_loco_bielsa replied to the thread Gavi.
    Because academies in this country favour power over technique, a reversal of the philosophy at La Masia. He‘s not the first very slight looking 17 year old to be produced there who glides, one touch controls, skips past opponents, measures a...
  • I’d love to see what klopp would be capable of given the mind boggling resources and players Pep’s been gifted at Barca, Bayern, city. At Barca he inherited all time greats like messi, xavi, iniesta, busquets and then threw money at zlatan...
  • They now officially have the richest club owners on he planet. The wealth of the Saudi state dwarfs the emirates and Qatar. MBS paid half a billion for a fake da Vinci just to hang it in his yacht out of sight of the world. Imagine the amount of...
  • I assume they’ll follow a similar trajectory to Man City. A few years of bumming about throwing large fees at big club rejects and being better known for noise in the transfer market than on the pitch. Then they‘ll hire a half decent manager...
  • The word fraud in the dictionary needs to have a massive pic of Arteta complete with his trademark frown on next to it.
  • Just a limp, feeble, disgraceful, spineless performance. The lack of fight in this side is staggering. And Arteta seems to have fooled the footballing establishment into thinking he’s some sort of tactical wizard in waiting when he’s no more or...
  • el_loco_bielsa replied to the thread Jack Grealish | Man City.
    He’s just a staggeringly bizarre buy for city. I mean, Pep buys players for his system and always has done. They may flop, but you could never look at a pep buy and say you were struggling to understand the purpose behind the purchase. So then...
  • I disagree. Xavi fits your definition if you’re going to keep it extremely narrow and just stick central midfielders in there who never played in the advanced midfield positions, but there is little to differentiate an iniesta from a Platini or a...
  • It‘s difficult to choose 10 but broadly speaking my top 15 (in no particular order) would include Maradona, Platini, matthaeus, neeskens, zico, didi, riijkaard, falcao, rivellino, gullit, zizinho, xavi, iniesta, kopa, Rivera. Maradona makes the...
  • Xavi ——— Iniesta (inseparable, these two both sneak into my top 10 list of the greatest midfielders to play the game, none of the others do - daylight between them and the others) modric ——— pirlo gerrard———scholes (both overrated by their...