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Post-match Foxes

Discussion in 'The Football Forum' started by rurikbird, Oct 6, 2019.

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  1. rurikbird

    rurikbird Part of the Furniture Honorary Member

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    Now that I've calmed down a bit, some tactical observations from the game:
    • My guess is Klopp reshuffled the front 3 with Mane on the right, Salah middle and Bobby left for one main reason – to counter the attacking threat of Chilwell down our right. If so, it shows the kind of respect he has for this Leicester team – also confirmed by his post-match interview talking about Leicester playing in Europe next season as a near-certainty. Mane and Salah switched positions a couple of times and ironically both of Sadio’s goal contributions came from his usual left side, but this switch did lead to a few crucial defensive interventions from Mane on Chilwell and also allowed Trent to play his normal attacking game having better protection from his wing-forward.
    • The midfield was reshuffled too – Milner came in for Hendo, but not directly in his position, as might be expected. Instead, Gini moved to the right and played as the most attack-minded midfielder of the 3, Fabinho played his usual role of pushing up very aggressively to fight for second balls cleared from Leicester's penalty area, while Milner assumed Gini's role of covering space left by Fabinho, which led to him often being the deepest-lying of the 3, almost the Lallana-Jorginho role. Not sure how viable it is long-term, but it was interesting – Milner created Mane's goal from his deep midfield station (Gini probably wouldn't have made that pass), while Gini got into a few dangerous attacking positions, maybe not enough, but still showing more goal threat than Hendo does in most games.
    • Salah had a stinker of a game and it started with his poor passing – probably the weakest part of his game and the first thing that goes when he is not on form. This is the first time in a long time I can remember myself screaming at the TV at one of our players; some of his passes in the 2nd half were just pathetic and you can see how it started to affect his overall confidence as the game progressed. People say he's selfish, but some of it might be just not trusting himself to get the weight of the pass right.
    • Lallana coming on for the injured Salah to play in the front 3 gave me unpleasant flash-backs to the Kyiv final. But he was actually the one who won the header against Ndidi with his first touch that dropped for Origi in space, which ultimately led to the penalty. We probably don't win this game if he doesn’t win that header. Meanwhile, Rodgers' half-time substitution of Albrighton has ultimately backfired; the experienced player completely lost his head, made a silly mistake and then compounded it by lunging at Mane. That's where the element of luck comes in and fortunately it arrived at a crucial moment for us. It's this combination of little key moments like that which builds the winning momentum...


     
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    doctor_mac My cowboy name is Garland Justice Moderator

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    Modo A contentious scando Member

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    Rurik really put some work in.
     
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    Modo A contentious scando Member

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    Salah's poor passing often stems from him trying to make a last second decision to pass. He holds the ball for too long sometimes trying to create an opportunity for himself before looking for someone to pass it to. In many cases it's already too late.
     
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  5. Dreambeliever

    Dreambeliever Looking on the brightside Member

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    Ultimately on another day it would have been very comfortable.

    Currently only City are at our level.

    This season the league is like real Barca or Celtic Rangers season from 15 years ago.

    Beat City home and away and 11pts will be hard to make up
     
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    Modo A contentious scando Member

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    I say this every season. The title is always in our own hands. Win all of our matches and we win the league.
    I'd rather we stop looking at City and focus on continuing our win streak
     
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    Rodgers is off his nut by saying Leicester deserved a point.
    We bossed that game and deserved the win.

    The mentality in this team compared to a few years ago is insane.
     
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    doctor_mac My cowboy name is Garland Justice Moderator

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    Managers have to think like that I suppose, but yes, it is bullshit.
     
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    Modo A contentious scando Member

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    they had one shot on target.
     
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    Dreambeliever Looking on the brightside Member

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    Ya but that’s stupid and builds pressure early.
     
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    A transfer to Liverpool in the summer?
     
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    Ok

    If I had the choice of winning the game or something more, I'd choose winning the game.

    Unless that something more was a night in Nicole Scherzingers bed
     
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    He must have had Millie in his fantasy footy team
     
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    Re: the match. I've rewatched a bunch of it this morning - i prefer Gini to Hendo in that more advanced role. If Keita steps up then longer term maybe it is Fabs - Keita - Gini. We've seen what he does attacking wise for Netherlands, and he's scored big goals for us over the years when he gets in the box. Just not frequently enough.
     
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    And only 2 in total
     
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    Yeah, I think he always thinks about how he's going to score first and foremost, from every attack. Then when that opportunity starts to close down, he thinks too late about what else is around him or what alternative he has. His all round play in that sense is pretty poor, compared to Bobby and Mane.
     
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    Salahs passing has been woeful although He has noticeably been looking for his team mates more. Its not working presently but I think it bodes well for the future when he gets it right.

    The way we dominated most of the match, then found a way to win at the end is very pleasing and encouraging. I thought they were great with the exception of so many misplaced final balls....
     
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    Cue Bluemoon conspiracy theory - the whole Leicester team placed massive bets on us to win
     
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    Haha - I'm pretty sure he meant respect. And they've earned that this season.
     
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