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  • Sounds like a strategically timed leak to (a) place pressure on domestic clubs to relinquish more power, and (b) to make the big picture stuff sound comparatively more palatable.
  • Gio replied to the thread Virgil van Dijk | Performances.
    Agree on Fabinho. On Werner, more about the path of his run, as opposed to his top speed, which is pretty quick (100m time of just over 11.0 at age 16 according to the Chelsea site) by footballer standards.
  • Michael Cox was saying that generally strikers are outperforming their xg at the moment, which is largely why there have been so many goals. The shot conversion ratios in that table are ridiculously high and I can't see them getting sustained...
  • I don't think there's much intent to harm there. More panic - fed by his recent mistakes - in lunging out to close the danger. Regardless of intent though, all that matters is that it's extremely reckless. However the rules around...
  • Well played @Jim Beam. Good ding dong.
  • Final throw of the dice, with minutes on the clock and since I've not really mentioned him. Maradona against the Milan of Baresi, Rijkaard and Maldini...
  • Fair enough. Ultimately it is a team of midgets without the protection afforded by a handful of bigger players that was the case for Spain 2008, who had 3-4 in that category to do the heavy lifting at set-pieces, or even later versions of Spain...
  • I'd say it's a myth that Laurent Blanc was vulnerable to pace. This is him bossing it against Brazil's Ronaldo and Romario attack in Le Tournoi in 1997: It's hard to imagine a more explosive centre-forward duo. In fact his record against...
  • Come on, that's rather disingenuous. In the 2 games prior to those fixtures he scored 3 goals and in the 5 or so after he scored 6 goals. Even accounting for that dry spell above, where he typically had to play as a lone striker versus a...
  • Nah, it might have seemed a 4-3-2-1 on paper but in reality it was more of a conventional second striker / striker front two set up - “The system was a lot more 4-3-1-2 than it was 4-3-2-1. Djorkaeff plays almost in a conventional striker role...
  • Fundamentally though playing a defensive tactic with that Spanish trio in midfield is completely alien to how they played and the systems in which they played their best football. Xavi and Iniesta excelled most in systems that sought to dominate...
  • Agree with you that Cannavaro in particular was great in the air, so we don't want to labour the point too firmly as it doesn't tie with how either of us see the game - of course anticipation, positioning and technique are just as important (if...
  • For all the talk of remakes, ours is a reasonably accurate replica of the same system France won the 1998 World Cup. That was the tournament when Thuram was defensively imperious whilst providing constant width in attack in a 4-3-1-2 which is...
  • All the belated best @Jim Beam. Something not touched on in the OP, but worth highlighting here. With only 1 of the opposition XI reaching the heady heights of 6ft (Krol at just over 6 ft), we feel we have a massive aerial advantage to exploit...
  • Dave Mackay did well to come back from 2 leg breaks at a time when the treatment and rehabilitation for such injuries was limited. Narciso, Brazilian midfielder in the 1990s, had leukemia and made a comeback of sorts.