Following we have two respected AAers coming to very similar conclusions re: Hector and Stephan. Could this work?
First up, your Copenhagen correspondent……..
Torn apart down the right flank by a very average team. Bellerin struggling. Mustafi and GB too far apart and outpaced.
It is becoming a familiar pattern.
To be fair to Bellerin, he was playing against a very good winger in Antonio and Arnautovic’s movement can cause problems for most defences. Also, as we can see from the graphic below (thank you FGG) UE set up the team so that Bellerin spent most of the game in WHU’s half.
I find this graphic very interesting. Look at the midfield and how compact we are. Douzi and Xhaka occupy the same area giving Hector no assistance.
I know that Emery is averse to playing a back 3 and prefers the 4-3-2-1 but unless the midfield shield Bellerin we will continue to struggle.
My question is this … If Emery wants Bellerin to play as an attacking right sided MF and almost as a right winger, then why not bring Lichtsteiner in to play at RB? Drop a MF – we do not need Mhiki, Iwobi, Ramsey, Douzi and Xhaka all occupying a narrow space and keep Hector forward, allowing him to protect the Swiss chap, I seem to recall AW doing that by bringing Eboue into midfield.
Or do we just rely on scoring more than the opposition?
N.B. I know very little about tactics, formations and all that stuff, so the above could be total cobblers. Also, I quite enjoy shouting at the television when a simple lofted ball allows an attacker to go one on one with Cech. 😀
written by Big Raddy
Followed swiftly by our Devonian dissector…….
I believe it was LB who once posted this:
My guess was that the question marks highlighted the lack of a naturally fast right sided attacker.
Ok, the next bit, and this pains me somewhat.
I now have to give credit to a grown up gentleman who I know sits high in East Upper and spends the majority of the ninety minutes putting two Cheesy Wotsits up either nostril, one in each ear, then carefully arranging one Smokey Bacon flavoured Hula Hoop onto the tip of each finger before slowly consuming each salty snack, but here’s the rub, only someone in attendance could have made this comment:
August 26, 2018 at 6:28pm
In the warm up, Bellerin was being passed balls on the right hand side of the box to control and then use to find a runner in the middle. It was exactly as happened for the 1st and 3rd goals.
So there we have it. Goals win games. Bell set up two, while probably being responsible for conceding the one at the wrong end. How about leaving the fashionista up top with the good players and sticking Licht (who can defend) at the back where he belongs?