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Perhaps it was too quick to think we were good enough to beat *Leicester City*... sigh...
My bad I thought I got back to you already. I was waiting for a response to a message I never left lol.
At full strength I would use this lineup for BVB:
Piszczek Sokratis Hummels Durm
Aubameyang Kagawa Reus
Some tough choices here. At CB I've been really impressed with Sokratis so I give him the starting position over Subotic, though they are pretty much interchangeable. In midfield Sahin is good enough to start, but a fully fit and in form Guendogan is better IMO. Aubameyang get's my vote at LW because he's been really good, plus his pace is unreal. Like with Sokratis/Subotic, Kuba is just as good though so it's a matter of taste. Kagawa will always start in my lineups because he's one of my favourites, plus Mkhitaryan was terrible in front of goal. I chose Immobile over Ramos because so far he's impressed me a bit more, though both have looked really good. I need to see more of them to make a better judgement. Alternatively, Kuba could play on the left and PEA could play up top, though I'm more of a fan of having him on the left.
How would you do it?
I've watched the match now, and you're right, Cilic absolutely on fire - once Feds lost his serve, that was it. Commentators pointed out the difference between where Cilic stood to serve a few years ago - a long way from the central point thus leaving large areas of the court where opponents could return the ball, and where he serves now - right next to central point, ready to respond off both wings (if his opponents are lucky enough to return his serve!). The accuracy of his serves, and the vicious returns was astounding.
You may be right on France/Switzerland. Monfils has always been a dangerous player, and if he plays with more stability (as he did in his match against Federer), he could well carry the team to a win + more depth as you suggested.
Shanghai next and Nadal's planning to be back, nicely rested. It's a slow (and IMO pretty brutal) court - this one could be his perhaps?
As long as injuries don't absolutely rape them again, I'm calling that BVB will win the CL this season. They finally have the one thing they haven't had before; real depth with high quality players on their bench. Plus Reus is most likely starving for a trophy.
Holy crap this actually doesn't look like a pipe dream anymore...
Hi K L - since my holiday (Norway - spectacular scenery), events have overtaken any thoughts I might have had, but (since he went to both finals, and won one of the last tournaments before USO) I thought he did well to get to the SFs of USO. After the Monfils match which he won by the skin of his teeth, I thought the energy levels would be low so, even though I thought he would get through Cilic (based on past history), clearly Cilic was playing at his absolute best, it's not entirely unsurprising I guess. Maybe if Feds had higher energy levels. I was amazed that Nishi got through Djokovic so it was unsurprising that Cilic rolled across him.
Ah well, at least Wawi and Feds won their DC SF and are through to the final, so there could be a useful consolation prize there for them to add to their resume. Cheers!
Yeah I think it's the same ankle again. I hope it doesn't become a recurring problem and this is the last we'll see of it, because it would be a real shame for his career to be stunted by injury.
Hopefully Giggs sponges up a lot of LvG's knowledge then, he'll need it. No more flat 4-4-2 please, ever.
Agree on Blind. The only concern I have is that he's a little bit on the lightweight side, and he may need to muscle up a little bit for the PL. Otherwise fantastic, as were Herrera and ADM.
Yeah it was just QPR, but at least things like the vision, movement and drive were good, which don't really depend on who you face.
Agreed on Januzaj, he should start. The right side was empty and we only really attacked (meaningfully) down the left. RvP and Rooney seemed to get in each other's way more than anything.
I can't really remember Evans giving the ball away too often, but if you caught it then I'll take your word for it. Defensively he was much more in line with what I expect from him though, so at least that was good. With Jones back instead of Blackett we should look better, but like you said we're not at the elite level there quite yet. LvG said so too so hopefully we'll get reinforcements there in January or during the summer window.
It's a very free-form formation though, none of the attacking players really has a set position. The starting shell looked to me like a really compact 4-3-3 like this:
Which can take both the diamond shape when Di Maria stays back and Rooney and RvP move forward, and also a more standard 4-3-3 shape when Di Maria moves up the left wing and Rooney/RvP move forward. Mata is a bit of an attacking pivot in that the attackers sort of flow around him in a predominantly central position.
Yeah Reus has pretty much come and said that he won't join Bayern, so I don't think he will. Besides, Bayern have so many attacking players already and I'm tired of them taking BVBs players :(
If we got Klopp after LvG I'd be ecstatic! Plus, like you said, it would really open the door for both Hummels and Reus to join us.
Good point about Vidal's knee. He's also getting on in the years now, so you're probably right that we should pass on him now.
Pogba, I dunno if he'll ever come back. It seems like he doesn't really want to, but if he was open to it then he'd be worth whatever it costs.
Varane would be excellent! I wonder if he's consistently playing for RM right now? I think Pepe is still starting, so if we were to swoop for him it would have to be now before he's a guaranteed starter IMO.
Kramer is really good and I'd love it if we got him. Don't know much about Carvalho or Lucas Silva TBH.
Yeah that was a really strange decision to sell Lawrence. Why not a loan? I don't understand...
If Juve do want Mata then cash+Pogba would be fantastic, but it would have been better if we'd kept Kagawa. Oh well, I'd still do it in a heartbeat, because 10's are all over the place right now while world class CM/DM players aren't so abundant.
That ideal 4-3-3 looks insane! Can't wait for the weekend, these international breaks right after the season starts are dreadful.
Falcao not quick?! Say whaaat.
Di Maria is there.
As is, Rooney, who last night proved me that he's not lost it completely. Watch the highlights for England vs Switzerland, he was rapid. One Journalist was saying he was back to the 08' Rooney.
Mata is slow, correct, but with Di Maria, Shaw, Rafael, Rooney and Falcao there he will be great.