No longer at risk of being mistaken for a Scouser
- Oct 2, 2013
The height of the ball at the near post he cant clear it. Or I didnt think he could anyway.If he's covering the near post then he should have cleared it regardless of what run Welbeck makes
You're giving a lot of credit to Lindelof believing he's made all those calculations in his head just as a first time cross comes in. Actually I wouldn't put it past him as Lindelof is more of a hypothetical/zonal defender instead of proactively dealing with the problem first. It's exactly why he messed up because instead of adjusting his body to deal with the cross, he's more concerned about everything else.
Watch the clip again; he's defending empty space, relaxes his shoulder and is on his heels. He's not prepared for an aerial ball, which again he has lots of history with.
If this was Maguire, who 'missed' the header, everyone would quite rightly be questioning his poor approach/technique.
Im not giving him credit for calculations you’re naking that up. I said quite explicitly that he is covering 2 possible areas where the cross can come the near and the beyond that to the middle. If he knew where the cross was going before hand then he could have just moved back and he clears it
“Defending empty space” yes thats your job if you’re not marking a man you defend the possible spaces they can run to especially if someone already has the man. Just so happens there was more than one here