Apologies to any minge enthusiasts but I’ve been doing some thinking after posting this in the Gana thread :
I think eventually, if given enough time he will be :
As he’s said in interviews is his preferred formation (note - Gana can’t play any of those roles...)
Which is what he had at Watford - an advanced CM switching to full backs and playing into the box, with two box to box marathon men covering thousands of kms and getting on the edge of the box.
(Note - Gana can’t do any of those roles either..)
I wanted to see if there was anything that backed up my perception of his ‘style’ at previous clubs compared to now being different so I had a reread of previous articles and a scout about myself :http://outsideoftheboot.com/2017/02/16/tactical-philosophy-marco-silva/
(You May remember from @Bluedylan
posting a while ago, worth revisiting)https://totalfootballanalysis.com/head-coach-analysis/marco-silva-everton-tactical-analysishttps://www.fmscout.com/a-marco-silva-hull-fm17-tactic.html
(Although it’s aboit FM it’s actually ok)
And finally the tifo series, only linking the Everton one as I’ve linked Watford relatively recently :
First thing I noticed was that despite him saying he likes 433 with a lone playmaking 6, most articles actually picked up that he uses 4-2-3-1 quite consistently, only using the 4-3-3 when he had a genuine quality regista in Carvalho () at sporting.
Also the 4-1-4-1 is present a lot too, particularly in defensive phases or against big sides.
Also despite the *similar* formation, we currently seem quite different. The mixes of roles is a bit different and the emphasis on spacing seems totally different too.
Worth noting that some of our better displays (Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool) - we did seem to go into 4-1-4-1 and look to play on the break. We looked more comfortable stifling possession and looked dangerous on the break, even against top sides.
The tifo vid (although slightly out of date) points out that silva might have made changes due to his lack of trust in a lone 6 (Schneiderlins form, gueyes positional discipline) or in an effort to maximise Gylfi.
Thought that was really interesting as we’ve kind of come around to that POV on here as well haven’t we? Plus there’s @GLewis
theory that he is under some kind of pressure to be front foot - even tho he is essentially a counter attacking coach. This fits with our 4-1-4-1 performances I think. No ground breaking results, but good performances?
I don’t know why I do this to myself but I know I said I cba with him anymore - but I wonder if what we’re seeing is really him?
I hope he can put some pragmatic performances together to make it through to next year, and see if silvaball is hiding somewhere in that disjointed squad and inflated expectation..