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Offline kramer0

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Re: Silva’s Playbook
« on: January 07, 2019, 11:30:57 PM »
I think it's fair to ask questions at this point.

Silva has a reputation for playing a counterattacking 4-3-3 with heavy emphasis on creating chances through the wingers. Brands' PSV were similar, although maybe less counterattacking since they were one of the top sides in the league. Yet most of what we've seen is a 4-2-4 that packs the final third, often putting too many bodies in the way of our wingers and leaving too many men forward when we lose the ball. What should be a third midfielder has consistently been pressing high up the pitch as a second striker (Silva even had Dowell doing this in preseason).

I can kind of see the argument that he doesn't have the players to play the 4-3-3 exactly how he wants but given our form over the past month, it really does beg the question as to why he doesn't try asking Sigurdsson to defend deeper.

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