I never ignore threads (though I have a lot of posters on ignore. I even un-ignored a few lately). Good to see the range of views in the Caf, I feel, however supercharged daft they are.
I have changed my mind about this thread, for example. I appreciate it now as an excellent place to corral and vent for Football Manager type fans. I understand that there is a journey in knowing/understanding any team game, because I had my own journey, which I am still on. I am a typical enough football fan. I mean any time I am at a match or in the pub watching on TV I am pretty unexceptional in most respects. I started off as a kid not knowing about offside, etc. In primary school, for example, we played a frantic game resembling chase-the-chicken along a concrete pavement, everyone 'attracted' to the ball in a mad crowd, repeatedly breaking the school window with a heavy plastic ball that hurt badly to head and even to kick.
No offside there, but lots of horrible knee scars. In later life I played a bit in school, usually defensive midfield. I was a fairly committed tackler. I learned about formations, about keeping shape, about how the game gets compressed. About why its sometimes good to play one-touch, sometimes good to make breaks, sometimes good to slow it down. Theres a thing about keeping the opponent in the corner of your eye, ready to move when the defender is balanced wrong, going to their right, over the extended left leg (the stock dribble for a right footer attempted to beat the defender on their right, tempting a tackle and dodging). My shin bones are all lumpy from kicks, the painful way of learning how to protect yourself from injury. When two players kick a loose ball at once, for example, getting your studs embedded in the ground, blocking, probably meant you came out best.
I liked other sports, too, including Gaelic football. In later life I learned enough basics of the rules and team positions of rugby (union, and even a bit of rugby league on TV) to appreciate and enjoy the game. Before that, I found it hard to see the point of rugby, just as today the point in horse racing and American football completely eludes me.
Anyone who doesn't get why Bruno is a lynchpin of the current set up and so valued by the manager must be at a level of knowledge that makes 'soccer' rather unenjoyable. Maybe they spend their days in a variety of forums, spouting equally uninformed opinions on everything from nuclear fusion to foot-binding in Medieval China.
Fair play to the football people willing to venture in here to take on the elephant-sized task of explaining to this cohort why Bruno is an ideas man; why he's the answer to massed defences; why he takes chances because that's his job, etc. Etc. Etc. ETH. And so on, forever and ever and ever.