- Aug 24, 2015
- Reaction score
It was built on confidence and unity. We don't have either right now. We don't move together as a unit anymore. We used to, there's no doubt about that. We used to do it really well, both our high press in their buildup, and our relentless counterpress when we lose the ball. We're now still high up, but we don't press as well and they easily get by Giroud's weak press and then around Leao and suddenly they're running through the middle. Our counterpress with 4 attackers that don't work together also suddenly went to shit.It worked perfectly fine for more than two years, at least for Serie A standards. I don't think he suddenly got found out, especially if it were so easy as you say. Nah, this is more than just "he got found out".
I have a feeling that once we play a midfielder instead of Brahim/CDK, and swap Giroud out for either Rebic, CDK or Origi, that our press will suddenly be a LOT better.
We're not going to fundamentally change the way we play. That's an admission of failure of the entire plan. We can still play a young team in a high and direct and attacking system. The problem we're facing now is that we need to readdress the balance since we can't commit to the extreme interpretation of that strategy anymore, because of the sudden loss in confidence. We need to get back to basics, take fewer risks, figure out why we've lost our edge in pressing (remove Giroud!) and try to make sure we're not as easily cut open when we lose the ball. A few wins and clean sheets and things will quickly get back to normal.
What was happening this month is that we kept forcing the extreme playstyle that required super high confidence, and when we conceded early (because we don't believe in ourselves, in the press, in our keeper, in each other) then we spiral downwards. Our balance was off, because we can't justify the risk we used to take anymore.