- Oct 25, 2020
Yeah thinking about it, that seems to be most likely scenario.
Normally I'm firmly a 4231 man, but I also expected 352 for this one (but not 442 diamond, which I doubt is a good fit against PSG). It may of course have something to do with available players, given that Shaw and Tuanzebe (and Bailly, at least fully?) were all unavailable. That brings it down to Mengi or Fosu-Mensah as the third man.When we played a diamond in the last game I thought it was a test run for this game. It would have made sense, either playing a 3-5-2 or a 4-4-2 diamond and controlling the midfield battle. We didn't need a win, and the onus was on PSG to come up with solutions, so we should have made them work harder and commit more players forward to give our forwards space to exploit. What happened is that from the beginning they controlled the midfield, and you just knew this was going to be a difficult game.
Poor tactics aside, both teams created and missed some easy chances. The result could have gone either way, but it was annoying the way our players missed easy sitters. Their attempts to wind our players up and influence the refs eventually gave them the advantage and cost us.