From the games that Iíve seen this preseason (bury, Porto, Rennes) the biggest fluctuation is the pressing when we donít have the ball and then a subsequent plan of what to do when we get it back.
The best bits in the first two of those games involved us getting into the other team quickly and then moving the ball quickly to wide areas where we made sure we had 2-3 options for the player in possession.
Yesterday was also the most rigid 4-2-3-1 (whether by design or as a result of who was playing im not sure); the other two were more approximate to 4-3-3.
But as vase theories we can either pick a 3 who all will press pretty naturally or we can work on/ hope that the best individuals work at it better.
It looks like silva wants a player of Schneiderlinís profile at the base of the midfield, as vs Porto he was well used in getting the ball from one side of the pitch to the other. But he also pressed much more regularly in that game too.
This meant that Davies and Dowell spent much more time further forward and were subsequently more involved.
Yesterday was back to last seasonís performances with not much energy either with or without possession, and it showed.
So I can see the idea of Besic here but all the concerns of positional discipline remain, especially if heís there on his own.
I donít know wether yesterday was made worse in that Gueye and Sigurdsson havenít had much preseason yet but finding the balance in midfield is going to be vital.
In addition this also impacts on the defence.
Goal aside, we generally defended pretty well vs Porto as, because we were on the front foot it made their attackers go deeper meaning that if we lost the ball they werenít in positions higher up the pitch to immediately be up against an exposed defence, or the player in the ball didnít have the time to look up properly.
This of course will take some time as a new manager finds out exactly what each player can/ canít and will/ wonít do.