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Finally got to watch both matches (Bayern and BVB), had to avoid BR until I'd watched them lol.
Bayern's new system is insanely fluid. 3-4-3 that regularly becomes a 4-2-3-1 and 4-3-3, and can do so in a number of ways. It's mostly down to how versatile the players are. I like how the team is finally starting to play in the ruthless manner they played during the treble season.
BVB are indeed weird. They destroy Gala without ever really going past first gear, and get beaten by nearly everyone they face in the Bundesliga. Hopefully now with Reus, Guendogan, Mikhi and co. back they will turn things around, because the competition looks pretty fierce this season. By the later stages of the campaign their best hopes of making it into the CL next season might just be winning the whole thing.
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Hi there K L. I have also had problems and have had to re-register, so perhaps they did not me to fuck off...
Totally agree on improvement in Federer's BH and the BHDTL was certainly used to devastating effect several times against Djokovic. Some were saying that he was rushing the net at inopportune moments, and he did indeed get burned a few times. But I see this as a deliberate tactic, against Djoko anyway, to upset rhythm etc. And it worked very well, plus he was also extremely successful at the net - big improvement here, and more confidence as well which is down no doubt to Stefan, although would not be successful of course without the Feds' talent.
You're probably right about fielding Tsonga and Monfils. But how are they health wise? Tsonga's looked very shaky; Monfils always seems to be carrying an injury. However, they've both had a bit of time off, presumably to sort this out. Simon also has many issues with his back. Still not sure about Stan - out early again - he looked as though he couldn't be bothered. As you said, I'm sure he'll lift his game for DC because it's surely important for him, I just hope he's able to find his form.
Cheers K L... :)
Agreed. Not too many positives to take. What bothered me most of all was the way the team was set out. It was, regardless of intention, pretty much a flat 4-5-1 at times and a suicide 4-1-4-1 at other times. ADM and Januzaj were too far back, taking up the space that should have been occupied by the FBs, leaving the FBs to drift inwards, and because there was no CAM it left RvP isolated up front too often with no clear playmaker behind him. Januzaj especially bothered me here because his presence on the far right was blocking Rafael from getting involved properly, which would have been fine if Januzaj didn't slow the play down to a crawl almost every time he had the ball.
Mata isn't suited to covering defensively, but he still should have done better than what he did, and Herrera was pretty much awful, but I won't hold it against him because he's still recovering. He should have been introduced later on in the match, if at all, though if he was this far from match fit. Blind was left isolated defensively in the midfield far too often from beginning to end, which caused him to be desperate way more than he should have been.
Jones and Rojo were decent for stretches but also borderline terrible for stretches. Shaw was pretty bad too. The WBA goals were both pretty laughable. Where was Herrera for the first goal? Shaw over-reached to cover his man in the buildup and was then completely out of the picture when the ball was carried forward down his flank.
I would have liked to see ADM play on the right today, with this setup, so that he could have been more of a direct goal threat for us. Also, what was with the absurd number of crosses and long balls? We had zero central penetration and looked devoid of ideas for large stretches of the match. It reminded me far too much of the Moyes days.
Hmmm I think we'll win against West Brom, and I think it'll go fairly easy. We were shaky towards the end defensively against Everton, but looked pretty solid up until that point. I think with Rojo and Jones partnered in the middle of the defence we'll stand strong defensively. We haven't really had an issue in terms of scoring, but I didn't think we looked as fluid (surprisingly enough) with Mata as the CAM compared to when we had Rooney there, and I suspect that may have to do with Mata having less energy to get around and be involved in our fast-paced, expansive attack.
I think our performance will be good overall though and we'll manage to score 3 goals, while conceding 1. With Herrera back (and hopefully playing) we should dominate the midfield and control most of the ball and dictate the pace of the match. I don't think we're quite there yet defensively to get the clean sheet, but I think it'll be a largely one-sided game and West Brom's goal will be off one of their few chances.
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Finally finished my project! Relief! lol
Anyway, Herrera being back is fantastic news. Once we get back into the CL and the world really sees him in action he'll be considered world class in no time.
And Pep... I want him nowhere near our team. He runs Bayern like a moron. The quality of the players is pulling the team through, and to some it validates his idiotic decision making but definitely not for me. Come CL crunch time, this Bayern side will be crushed by one of the stronger teams. His Bayern is just a disaster waiting to happen.
Klopp over Pep every single time.
Apparently we have a preliminary agreement for Dani Alves to sign on a free transfer. Can't say I'm excited about that. Didn't like him in his prime, and will certainly not like him as an old man. Wingers disguised as FBs are not my cup of tea.
Rumours are that DDG is signing a new contract, but nothing from a credible source as far as I know. Hopefully this gets wrapped up before any more transfers, we NEED him to stay on.
On the site: perhaps they want me to fu** off!
Yes, I do think the forehand is firing much better; very few shanks now, and he's hitting with confidence. Some great shots down the line with that forehand this week I thought. Backhand is a revelation - really hitting with purpose and winning points on a regular basis. I sense he now feels very comfortable with his new stick. Not good news for his opponents, you're right.
I agree on your thoughts re y/e No.1. I'm slightly torn - I'd love to see him get it, and with Djokovic baby birth imminent he has a chance, but I believe that winning DC trophy is closer to his heart. My worry is that StantheMan has looked very shaky of late; several losses has led to a big drop in confidence in his game it seems. I just hope (since it's clearly important for him also) that he is able to raise his game at the right time. It's important, as you say, that Federer has enough left in the tank; he has a lot of matches to play. Basel's important to him, but do you think he might ease off a little - it's stiff competition there.Simon troubles them both, do you think he'll be put in singles for DC?
K L - unbelievably my comment has now disappeared from your site. So fed up with b/r - it's crap.
Anyways, brilliant from Feds in match against Djokovic - yes, probably best match to date - Feds at his imperious best. High win percentage on 2nd serves (and against Simon) which has not been the case of late, and that makes all the difference. He had to play a much more patient game against that pesky Frenchman (who basically forced him to play the baseline game) but the win is his. I'm happy!
Do you think he has a real chance at y/e No.1?!
Hi there K L: yes, match against Djokovic, just superb. What I noticed was improvement in second serve winning percentage - from the previous matches - from about 36% to well over 50% - and ditto against Simon. The difference was that Simon kept him away from the net (or at least reduced winners Feds was able to get), and forced him to play from the baseline. Also Sky showed how against Simon he changed his tactics from high percentage of topspin (used in other matches) in first six games, to far more slices. He had to be very patient also, but had a lot of success even with 9+ rallies. All round immense improvement and I feel he is now very comfortable with that new racquet.
He's got a chance with y/e No.1 - of course a tall order - how do you rate his chances?