We Are A Bit Behind
After the City game, some of Poch's quotes...
'It's true the squads are completely different but we are building the squad. Maybe today they have a little bit of an advantage, they are ahead of us because they have signed and kept the players that they want.'
'We are a little bit behind but working hard to sign some players who can help us and bring some energy, and make us more competitive.'
'It's not trying to justify, for me they were better, but our main players 14 days ago started training and it's very difficult to get fit if you only focus on playing games.'
'We pushed a lot to train to train and develop our physical condition. Yesterday it was a tough training session and we knew it would be difficult to compete with City, who have a lot of quality.'
It raises the following questions for me:
Players started training 14 days ago!...
What's the norm for return to work after summer break? Most didn't have any international games to contend with. Did City players return to training a month ago?
Behind on signings...
Did our scouting team not identify suitable players? Were we relying on academy promotions? Or did we think that we had made it and there was no need to add? Is it really a cost/salary issue?
So, 14 days is obviously not enough to train and build fitness which means any signings will certainly not be ready for the start of the season.
We were only 'calm' about the TW just one week ago. Now we are 'behind'. Are we likely to hit a 'desperation' mode? We know what we did last summer! Sounds like a horror movie!
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