Date:Saturday October 5 2013
I know how much I do so I'll just let you all know my thinking on it…. Well to begin with let me remind everyone that we have 7 new players and 2 loanees returning to our squad. We have also lost a few of our old squad, selling some dead wood (as some called them) and also losing GB. Now before this season we were basically relying on Bale to get us out of the mire but now we are more of a team than a one-man band!
I'm old enough to remember Danny Blanchflower and Bill Nicholson and the great team of the 60s. The ethos of that team was entertaining the crowd. The idea being that the team should play attractive attacking football and not bore the supporters or send them to sleep. This is how Bill Nick approached our beloved game.
We had a similar ethos under Burkinshaw who won cups for us. The last time was with HR, some great entertaining football but alas with no end product. (Silverware) One season in the CL was all he achieved. His idea was to 'run about a bit' but it worked with our speedy counter attacking style it was good entertainment. Alas we shipped goals and, bar the one CL, won nothing.
Right now we have a new squad and a new manager with an entirely different way of playing. It's not about one or two players now, it's about a team. Moving forwards to attack and back defending 'as a team'. After watching Thursday nights game and the Chelsea one at the week-end I was happy that we managed to get results from both. The manner of last night's win was about 11 players working together for 90 minutes to get the result which puts us in charge of our group.
Sunday's game v Chelsea was the same, if not quite so positive over 90 minutes, but working as a team. The reason we have conceded so few goals this season is purely because of that ethos that AVB has instilled in this squad. We are hard to beat, because we are a team, no matter which 11 players are on the pitch. I congratulate AVB for the work he has put in but I also realise that we are nowhere near the finished article.
Back to Thursday night and although the pitch was terrible and we had problems controlling the ball we still came away with the 3 points. Yes I know ANZHI were bad but when that guy Traore came on in the second half they were an entirely different proposition. They really went for us and we contained them, no goals conceded again.
In my opinion we are working towards being a fast moving attacking team with a resolute defensive unit. It will take time put the pieces are beginning to fit together, the more we play the more the cohesion within the squad. It may not be 'total football' this season but I think, if we can keep AVB and the squad together with a couple of more recruits, we will be on our way to being the new top dog in the EPL.
Written by longtimespur
Date:Saturday October 5 2013
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