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Fair play to him. It worked well today after a turgid first 30. My hope is that the players have finally worked out how to execute this game plan as now its worked he definitely won't change it. 5 goals against a Pep side ain't a bad scalp

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This win has got to do a lot for the confidence of the squad. I have always believed the double loss to ManCity and Liverpool at Christmas is what crushed the team's spirit. It exposed them, and just crushed their confidence for the back end of the season.

 

A win like this -- with so many players out injured, one of only two signings unavailable, one player playing his first PL game after two years, and coming back after a goal down in the first few minutes  -- it helps you believe, even if there are hiccups in the future. It also instills a lot of faith in your manager, when he changes the teams shape and playing style as massively as Brendan did for this one.

 

I am thrilled.

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9 minutes ago, Chrysalis said:

well we now actually doing professional foul's now to stop counters, so he he appears to be learning.

That’s all you can ask. His interview today has pleased no end, that he’s able to admit mistakes and learn (sort of).

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Might be brave, might be stupid but he's not afraid to throw in a curveball. Luke Thomas in for Sheff Utd last year against all predictions- stormer. Amartey in for the first real game in two years- solid.

 

Both times it has worked.

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He says it all here.  The ability to play possession and counter attacking football. What do you even call that? A club that can play like Barca one night and Athletico Madrid the next. That sounds like a nightmare. Still trying to wrap my head around what I just saw.

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Going down to an early goal obviously wasn’t in the plan.

But it didn’t matter cos the plan worked anyway.

Brendan knew they were defensively dodgy (in fact, shite) and that we have got real pace going forward 

So we sat deep, defended and then hit with speed on the counter

Rodgers 1, Pep 0

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Was busy after Celtic game today so not seen the match yet (recorded) but from reading a lot of the discussion on here this seems as if it could be a real watershed moment for Rodgers and I mean that in a good way. It sounds like he really altered the approach based on the opposition for once, particularly against the elite sides. Excellent.

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Just now, Muzzy_Larsson said:

Was busy after Celtic game today so not seen the match yet (recorded) but from reading a lot of the discussion on here this seems as if it could be a real watershed moment for Rodgers and I mean that in a good way. It sounds like he really altered the approach based on the opposition for once, particularly against the elite sides. Excellent.

Let's hope so. After the first 20 minutes or so it didn't appear that was the case but something switched and we were rampant. Man City inexplicably playing a high line didn't do us any harm either 

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2 minutes ago, foxfanazer said:

Let's hope so. After the first 20 minutes or so it didn't appear that was the case but something switched and we were rampant. Man City inexplicably playing a high line didn't do us any harm either 

Nothing switched. We had a game plan, stuck to it and it worked.

They also missed some good chances from set pieces which certainly did help

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55 minutes ago, Corky said:

He's the most ruthless, bullying manager we've had, I reckon. In 18 months we must've won by 3 goals at least ten times.

 

He kicks teams when they are down, good and proper.

This was what I was coming on here to say. Regardless of what Rodgers achieves or doesn't achieve with us in the future, the amount of times we have absolutely chinned the opposition 3, 4, 5, even 9 goals is astonishing. When we are good we are out of this world good. He deserves a lot of praise for that and really pleased he's got that first win vs a top 4 side and especially away from home and so convincingly. 

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Glad to see him taking a leaf out of the 2016 play book, worked pretty bloody well that year. Said himself that today's approach went against his instincts and even admitted that after 13 years it was the first time he'd really done that. Fair play to him.

 

Like @UpTheLeagueFox said, I don't see many better managers we could realistically have in charge here. Considering the way last season ended, he's done brilliantly to help the team bounce back the way it has.

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