Amazing. And I was put off all that long time ago because it was getting really technical. Cant handle the terminology and I still cant. Haven't read all the contributions and promise I will go back and read them soon.
Just wanted to make an observation about Sunday's game .....
- OK. We had Masch and Lucas playing the DM/CM role brilliantly.
- Kuyt started out behind Torres initially and then switched with Benayoun who then slotted in behind the striker. Both running their socks off from beginning to the end and combined very well..... as well as combining with Lucas who went forwards very often to support the attacks.
HOWEVER, it seemed to me that we had another "joker" in the pack. Aurelio. He not just covered the left hand side with Insua, he was also over on the right occasionally, and provided that extra bit of confusion .... because he was not playing just an out and out leftwing position. He was also helping out in defensive duties when Masch and Lucas needed it.... to protect the back 4.
They all did their jobs with concentration and with a dedication which you could only admire. From the beginning to the very end.
However, I will note here that I think this type of play and especially commitment ..... which is probably what we all want to see ...... can not be sustained. It costs a lot of energy. It will also tire out most mortals over a period of time. So. I expect to see us play a more "containment" like football which is not so energy intensive .... in the game(s) immediately after such a massively energy intensive game like the one on Sunday.
I expect to see another team being picked for the Arsenal game .... to be able to give the likes of Masch (red card anyway), Lucas, Benayoun, and Kuyt .... a bit of a rest.
I think the Fulham game will be pivotal. It might require a different tactic to that against the Mancs. May be my hunch is just a load of cobblers.