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February 04, 2019, 04:22:29 AM
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I thought we had moved to 433 but that Paul Riley fella is saying we are still doing basically the same thing.

Presume he’s basing that on something but even from the kick off yesterday you could see it was 4-3-3.

Obviously we abandoned that when went 3 at the back.

Thought it worked better with link up play (in the first half at least) as it provided better angles for Tosun.

Sigurdsson is likely to end up further forward when we’re chasing a goal (or just anyway) as that’s what he is.

Plus with Gomes at 6, he’s not a natural sitter so won’t just be there in the middle.

So whether we were successful may be an argument but I’m pretty sure we tried 4-3-3.


February 04, 2019, 12:55:31 PM
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Yeah I dunno what to say really, assume there's some nuance of the 433 that he feels we arent doing or whatever but I felt we'd been 433 and keeping the ball a bit better but I dunno if that was even part of our problem or whatever.

He's very grumpy and can be a bit of knob about what evertonians think, forgetting not everybody is a bloody professional analyst like, but he's generally spot on I think so was disappointed to read him saying it's still not really a 433.


I’d say also that in both games (sending off and losing at HT) we’ve had situations that would influence what we’re doing, intentionally or not.

February 09, 2019, 01:25:17 AM
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Yeah deffo.

One of my big issues with him is that he isn't physically capable of just creating distance between him and another player once he's shifted past them.

If you're not fast you have to be strong, but he ain't really either.

Positioning of the ball away from the man key here.

Am sure he’ll pick this up as he develops.

Will probably be able to bulk up a bit too


March 04, 2019, 01:55:23 AM
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Very deliberate the way he talked about atmosphere before and after the match.

Shows that the atmosphere does make a difference to this group of players.

Particularly about acknowledging won’t be that like for every fixture but should be “something” for most games.

March 04, 2019, 02:44:19 AM
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It makes a difference to every player.

He was using it to try to cover our complete lack of belief and tactical fluency though. It worked, to an extent.

It’s the games that aren’t fuelled by a typical, ale fuelled derby atmosphere that he has to prove his worth though.

Think that he was talking about it before was that he wanted to avoid the silence/ negativity that permeates so many matches (often in ones where we’re better/ have more chances than today).

May 04, 2019, 04:57:16 AM
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How fsr would you have to go back to find an everton manager who's team went 6 months without conceding at home in the lesgue?

Not just that but 9/11 clean sheets since the break is very good.

Not too tough aways but certainly games where we could have conceded set plays. 

Small point but noticed in second half there was an attempted pass over the top from deep that their CB headed back into midfield.

Silva was waving madly that the back 4 plus CMs should have been a lot more aggressive in following the pass and on top of the ball that dropped down.

Small detail but indicative of what we’re actually trying to do.


May 10, 2019, 01:29:07 PM
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Wouldn't xg be somewhat redundant to look at near the end of the season?

I would imagine there is a difference from season to season so should we be looking at actuals (in terms of goals scored and conceded) at this stage?

Yes and no.

Xg now would be useful if all things remain the same.

They won’t but large parts may, so it’s still something to bear in mind (see RMs first season where the xg for and against werent as good as actual performance).

As it happens, the defensive xg is promising as you don’t need to score bucket loads to get a decent points return.

For us in terms of attacking xg I think we get in decent positions but often make a terrible decision with the final pass or don’t even get a shot away.

I think they can be improved simply with players who are better in those situations. As in I think that’s easier that solving the formations we use given the current balance of players that we have.

September 01, 2019, 11:00:45 PM
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Re the wide positions I thought Sig moved out wide well today.

But when he does we need to make sure the ball goes that way, as that’s where the numerical advantage is.

September 29, 2019, 02:50:34 AM
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Interestingly, city very much 4-4-2 without the ball. De Bruyne pushed right up.

They have the luxury of playing two 8s like today or two 10s vs dross, or a mix.

Offensively their assurance that a) passes will reach the man and b) they’ll control it allows much greater freedom on where players stand and run.

September 29, 2019, 02:56:12 AM
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I know it's not great when it's another player, but KDB is a joy to watch. His delivery and overall play must be a dream for his team mates

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No problem with watching other team’s quality players.

Essential for a bit of balance to be fair.

Eg Mahrez would be “shite” in comparison with a lot of their players but he was controlling almost every pass on his laces.

Small things but times that by 300 or whatever their pass level was and it makes a huge difference.

October 01, 2019, 02:46:33 AM
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You can’t discount who someone is and what they’ve done before.

Supporter patience is short enough as it is without adding extra things in the mix.

Players you can get away with more but managers are more singular and therefore the focus of scrutiny is greater.

We’re not likely to have massive variations in performance, or ultimate finishing position so as soon as some of the known traits of that manager are in evidence the complaints would come out and patience start to dwindle.

October 01, 2019, 02:54:08 AM
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Massive difference between managers I rate, and managers I’d want here though.

Chris wilder for example. What’s he’s done over the last couple of years is incredible, but he’d be out of his depth here.

Eddie Howe is the same, Dean Smith, Farme as well.

There’s two managers though that I rate who would do well here and not be out of their depth. Santo, and the fella at Southampton (not even attempting to spell his name)

Interested to see how potter does at Brighton too.

You have to think what they’d be like here, with all the nuances that come with it.

Play a slightly defensive style would be negative.

Too open, would be Martinez mk whatever etc.

Used to lower expectations, then it’s difficult to understand why it’s silent for lots of games and you might get booed off at half time when it’s 0-0.

Used to better teams and unless you’re finished, you won’t come here ;)

Basically it’s not easy to find someone who’s going to last more than 18 months.

October 01, 2019, 03:00:02 AM
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I think people will live with any style as long as results come with it. We don’t like non threatening attacking football or fragile defensive football.

Yes but you’d have to assume that unless we’re pretty good (or more likely lucky) in picking someone, then the most likely finish is 7th which won’t sustain enthusiasm long term (see Koeman).

October 01, 2019, 03:56:49 AM
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I really don’t have a problem with 7th. Though given the state of some of the top teams I’d hope to get closer. The 7th under koeman wasn’t the problem. It was the fact that we spent a lot of money on shite and started the following season dreadfully

Yes but if he was popular or played the right stuff or whatever, then there wouldn’t have been a melt down a few games into the season.

But marrying all elements isn’t easy.