Building from the back…

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Our first recruit is Nuno Tavares – a 21 yo Portuguese who plays at LB mostly but can also play at LM and eventually RB…He is young, quite quick and athletic, a Under-21 Portugal player and he is the…back-up of A.Grimaldo at LB at Benfica…So we are now buying the back-up of Benfica to add some depth to our squad…I would have rather gone for Grimaldo to be honest but of well, let us hope that Tavares adapts well to English football and our squad. He is a very energetic full-back apparently and he may come in handy to support Tierney at LB over the season…

I think we definitely missed a chance to sign Emerson Royal as I am sure he will do well…

Tavares coming in may mean the end for Cedric and maybe AMN and definitely for Kolasinac…

Here is our probable defensive line-up for next year as it seems that we are building our squad form the back:

Chambers, Bellerin, Holding, RECRUIT (White), Gabriel, Mari, Tierney, N. Tavares

To all the English fans today: Good luck tonight! I am rooting for you but I believe it will be:

  • A tough win if you win, beating Italy is never easy
  • A tough loss if you lose, losing a final is never easy especially at home

If I were Southgate, I would play a 433 tonight:

  • Pickford – Walker, Stones, Maguire, TRIPPIER – HENDERSON, Rice, K.Philipps – MOUNT, Kane, Sterling

I think Philipps has to press the likes of Verratti and Jorginho and he will need Henderson’s and Mount’s help. Trippier would start ahead of Shaw for this game for me as England needs to be more tight at the back…Depending on how the game evoles, Shaw, Saka, Grealish, Sancho, Rashford, Bellingham could all come in…To beat Italy, you need to

  • constantly run between their CBs and FBs and Sterling and Mount could do that ;
  • press Jorginho and Verratti and Philipp, Henderson and Mount could do that;
  • Keep the ball as much as possible, this is where Henderson comes in;
  • Not make any mistakes and take your chances and this is were Trippier and Kane come in.

My biggest worry for you is Pickford and also sometimes Stones-Maguire can be caught off-guard by pace and trickery and Walker can make a loose pass as well. Don’t make silly mistakes tonight. Keep tight, keep the ball and score.

CO England ๐Ÿ™‚


14 Responses to Building from the back…

  1. LBG says:

    Thanks for your good wishes RC.
    Amazingly ( only joking) agree with your 433, but think Shaw is better than Trippier for that first and early goal, and has improved defensively for me.
    I would also play Henderson for more competition in midfield and actually encourage Phillips further forward to sit on Jorginho and support Kane closer in attack. I would, on this occasion, pick Saka on the right and take Mount out. His central role should be taken by a withdrawn Kane, to give Italian centre backs noone to mark.
    We will see, and then we can begin to concentrate on the important footie to come.
    Hibernian v The Arse Tuesday 13th July. COYG.

  2. RC78 says:

    Shaw has improved but still, I d play more cautious…

    I hesitated between Mount and Saka but thought that Mount could really help more with the pressing and the runs…He can bother the hell out of Jorginho and their left back and Chiellini and when he is pooped, you can bring in the pace and trickery of Saka or Sancho…

    I think A goal for England COULD come from that right side of your attack…Let us see.

    I think it is going to be a very edgy and cagey final…I am worried for England though – I am not liking the rhetoric from outside saying that they did great to reach the final. They d do great if they win – winning finals is everything…the rest is crap to be honest…So let us hope for a 2-1 victory for England with a 1-1 draw at the end of regular time and an ET goal from England to seal the win…
    – Bonucci or Jorginho to score for Italy from a set-piece
    – Kane or Philipps to equalize
    – Sterling, Saka or Sancho to score the winning goal

    If it goes to PK, you still have a chance. If you score first, you will win.

    In any case, I am not very confident about England winning tonight so as one blogger said earlier, my heart says England and my head says Italy. I hope the heart will prevail

  3. RA says:

    Really good stuff, RC, well done. ๐Ÿ˜

    I came to the UK for a two year contract, but somehow, many years later, I am still here.

    This is a great country, so I am rooting for England today, but like you, RC, I expect a really tough game, with England, hopefully, just making it – but Italy are a very canny team, with players like Imobile who, at one moment, was seen lying dead, apparently, in the penalty area seeking a foul, I suppose, but leaping back to life when he had a sneaky look around and saw no one was taking any notice of his acting, because Italy had already scored.

    The referee will have his work cut out tonight, as Kane goes over the top too, rather like Granit for Arsenal, and he gets his share of dubious fouls given, too.

    Anyway, fingers crossed for all the AA Limeys, and I hope you win!! ๐Ÿ˜œ

  4. Aaron says:

    Hindsight is always 20/20, but putting 3 youngsters to take the pk’s was asking for it.
    All that attacking flair, and GS played it Arteta safe, and well, we all know what happened.

  5. fred1266 says:


  6. RC78 says:

    Sorry guys…PKs are always the lottery and for some reason, some key players did not take the PKs like Shaw and Sterling…

    Gotta feel for Saka but he is going to come back tired but a better player. He knows he can compete with the best and now, he s gonna be harder to keep. If a team like Man City comes knocking, it is hard to refuse and am afraid ESR and Saka may soon be tempted to join better teams

  7. JM says:

    There are some seasoned veteran heads and former players other than head coach Roberto Mancini (who has experience in winning titles as both a player and manager in his Serie A sides and Man City) in the Italian coaching and backroom staff: I saw at least Gianluca Vialli, Attilio Lombardo, Alberico Evani and Daniele De Rossi. Their team manager, Gabriele Oriali, is also a World Cup winner.

    Italy is well prepared to win. I believe every Italian player in the team, except their 3rd choice GK, got to play some minutes in this Euro 2020. In other words, every player is ready to step up mentally and physically when called upon.

  8. LBG says:

    Saka and ESR are Arsenal to the core, and there are no “better”teams or Clubs!!

  9. LBG says:

    “The Smith” rules OK.

  10. RC78 says:

    The French press is having a go at Southgate

  11. Pete the Thirst says:

    Time to get back to Proper Football now. Too much Jingoism for me.

    England almost did it, but I always thought it would take Southgate to drop his comfort blanket of two holding midfielders to cross the Rubicon. All Phillips & Rice did was to try to win the ball then pass to somebody with better ability, usually backwards.

    At times yesterday England were playing with 7 defenders. The forwards were isolated and Italy dominated the ball from half time onwards.

    Penalties are a lottery. Take the chance to win it before then. Be braver.

    Good predictive calls on the match RC.

  12. GoonerB says:

    Thanks RC. I’m not too sure what our priorities are this transfer window. One thing I stand by is that with only the domestic league and cups to focus on this year we need players who can help us hit the ground running.

    That means players already adapted to the EPL and there are a lot of good ones to look at that would also look at us as a step up and be committed. I am not that keen on players that will need time to adapt to the EPL or that see us as a back up option and we seem to be linked to a few of these.

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