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ttfn last won the day on 14 March 2015

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  1. Whoever is leaking the team needs weeding out
  2. Interesting post, thanks. That drop off in xG is huge but (as ever) unsurprising. The shots on target going up but the xG going down so much is a sure sign of a team running out of ideas. You only had to look at Maddison repeatedly shooting on Sunday. If there’s one thing you don’t do against Burnley it’s shoot from range, they stick so many men behind the ball it’s never going to find a way through. It was a similar story against Wigan and Villa too, two games I guess don’t feature in your analysis but to the naked eye appear to follow a similar trend.
  3. Surely nobody is “gripped” by this? Watching Liverpool win every week is just about the least entertaining thing I can think to do with my free time.
  4. Aside from the more pervasive societal issues that unfortunately seem to permeate football stadiums there is nothing that annoys me more about the sport than the inability of the referees to ensure a fair amount of time is played. Diving, tactical fouling, bad tackles are all problems which will exist forever, there’s no obvious solution to them. VAR and the inevitable associated delays have exacerbated the issue football has with timekeeping. People have mentioned plenty of examples on here but it happens every week. In the Arsenal v Chelsea game the other day the referee added on (an already way too light) 3 minutes, Azpilicueta went down injured for 90 seconds of it, the ref pointed at his watch as it to say he’d stopped the clock accordingly and then blew his whistle at 93:03. Our game against Villa in the League Cup was punctuated by time-wasting, injuries and substitutions and there were 3 minutes added on at the end. 6 would have been too few. The Burnley game on Sunday, again 3 minutes despite 5 subs, 2 goals (both of which took over a minute and a half for play to restart) and a penalty which took nearly 3 minutes from play stopping to restarting. What is most frustrating is that there are 2 obvious solutions to stop this from happening: 1) Take the timekeeping away from the referee. I’m convinced that the biggest issue is that referees just have too much other stuff to focus on. You could easily give time management to somebody else, a third party or even a computer to manage with a clear set of rules - any time the ball is out of play for over 30 seconds gets added on - goal, corner, whatever. 2) Use a stopped clock with 30 minute halves. This would be just as effective as option 1, but you would have to change football away from being a 90 minute sport at the top level. Currently the ball is only in play for 55-60 minutes of most games and making the ball be in play for 90 minutes would lead to a completely different game as it couldn’t be played at the same pace. Such an easy thing to change but nobody seems interested in doing anything about it. I leave most the ground most weeks feeling cheated by how much football I’ve seen, particularly in the second half.
  5. There were at least a couple of occasions in the first half today where Burnley pressed us, we beat it and then Perez or Maddison pissed about with it for 2 or 3 seconds and the advantage we got from beating the press was gone as Burnley were able to get back in shape.
  6. I agree with what you’re saying but it’s not been 3 months. We were still playing well in mid-November, but since then we’ve had about 15 games and played well once.
  7. We’re carrying 4-5 passengers every game at the moment and with no Ndidi and even Ricardo and Vardy our of form it is genuinely hard to see where the next win is coming from. To salvage the last few weeks we needed a minimum of 4 points from Burnley and West Ham and to progress in at least one of the cups. Losing to Burnley in the form they’re in is a shocking result for any side let alone be with European aspirations. 7 points from the last 7 in the league. Yes we’ve played Man City and Liverpool but all of the other 5 sides are in the bottom half.
  8. No fight, no leadership and perhaps most worryingly of all no quality.
  9. This is the point though, now it is balancing out. Realistically we weren’t going to carry on finishing so efficiently all season. The cold truth is that we were never as good as people thought we were back in October/November. The xG supported that, as did numerous other more traditional metrics that people are universally happy to see the value in. It doesn’t help that in addition to being less clinical, we’re simply not playing well at the moment.
  10. We had better wingers in the Championship than we have now.
  11. That was good, 2 minutes and 10 seconds of pre-match coverage.
  12. 4-1-4-1 is definitely not hindering Maddison, he’s streets ahead of where he was last season and a massive part of that is that Tielemans is there to feed him as well as taking away some of the creative burden. I liked Puel but the way he set up the team (style and system) put way too much responsibility on Maddison’s shoulders to create. Chilwell looked pretty good in a 4-1-4-1 throughout October and November having been quite poor in August and September when we were chopping and changing systems. The team looks so much more balanced in a 4-1-4-1 but it’s dependent on Ndidi being fit. This has compounded the main issue that right now we’re lacking any quality wingers. As for Chilwell, I think he’s just out of form, not for the first time this season.
  13. Not to mention that Liverpool won the lottery with Coutinho. He’s no better than, for example, Mahrez but they got twice as much for him as we managed.
  14. Definitely 2 penalties, one after about 30 seconds.
  15. Tbf I was saying the same thing in the first half on Wednesday. They could barely string 2 passes together until they scored, had their tails up for 5 mins and then did nothing afterwards. Wednesday was a really poor result especially with penalties available after 90 mins of the second leg.
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