TIA Youth Team
- Jul 23, 2011
If we're going to play that high then we need to bring our pressing 'A game' and we haven't done that yet bar moments in the second half against City and at times against Norwich. Last night it didn't function at all and Chelsea played through us with ease. It could have been the heat and humidity but then why not just drop off a bit? It's such an energy-sapping way of playing.We are too high right now by at least a 5 yards or so average and I'd be interested to see a heat map of our games thus far. That said, I think part of the problem is the midfield; opposition players are finding themselves with space between the lines with no pressure on the ball allowing them to find runners with the defence caught square.
Looks all a bit sloppy at the moment but I genuinely thinks its just a little tweak combined with players finding full fitness and form as we get into the season to come right.
The shape of the team just doesn't look right at the moment and generally we look a bit under-prepared and maybe struggling with fitness. We tend to get stronger the longer the season goes on but we are long way from controlling games in the way we did last season. So far, we've got away with some pretty erratic performances. I think it will come but given there's so little room for error for us if we're seriously going to compete with City, it needs to come quickly.