- Sep 19, 2017
Well I watched it a couple of times to be honest. Its an interesting piece of play even if the result fecking sucked.He was caught ball watching in no mans land in the phase of play leading up to the goal in because he's not a defender and doesn't have defensive instincts. He doesn't know how to marshal a defense and re-adjust to slot back in with the line because he's not a defender. Valencia has to be one of the only ones I've seen consistently just ignore Smalling and what Smalling is telling him to do and do what he likes. But he is the captain, so I don't think there is much more that can be said than *shrugs* "well he's not a defender, so...?"
Erm. Pardon? Do you realize that Fred started in the opponents half? There is nothing more Fred can be doing there, a proper defender gets back into the line and tells Fred to get back and get in front of his man (or calls Pogba from the edge of the area over). Not just stands around in no mans land marking nothing and then isn't even first his man who slots it into the net (Smalling was).
Don't think you are remembering that one correctly there.
Yeah, Fred started in the opponents half to begin with. Because he lost the ball first and didnt track back at once. Then Pogba lost the ball again (and also jogged back) which left a big space in front of our back four. Valencia chose to cover that, which IMO was the correct decision by him.
I mean he can shout at Fred as much as he want but the area in front of the CBs needs to be covered there. At once.
Then Shaw could have done better as well, a ltb of luck as well and we were fecked.
That goal is a good example of what can happen if a few minor mistakes accumulates. I would blame Pogba and Fred firstly if blame needs to be appropionated.
But it was a good strike as well. Just dont see what Valencia did wrong here.