Hjl wrote: ↑
Sat Dec 29, 2018 7:58 pm
Luque wrote: ↑
Sat Dec 29, 2018 6:38 pm
Get rid of benitez man.
The dim light that was once there that magnificence wasnt far away is slowly being extinguished with his constant negativity.
Sick of it.
And to suggest that he's the only reason we will stay up is ridiculous.
I know, it annoys me too. I'm pretty sure the players have some influence on us staying up...
Whilst I don’t totally disagree with this - Rafa without the Ashley circus is a manager serving up negative & poor football week on week. That can’t be debated.
I think our issue is that the players are drilled to an inch of their life by Rafa & the coaching staff. They are so limited/restricted to the ‘system’ or tactics being deployed that they have regressed as footballers. They lack the individuality or ability to make effective decisions on the game.
Of course the balancing view is that these players aren’t good enough, or weren’t Rafa’s picks, etc. All most likely true - but we are suited to an away fixture where we can sit in, absorb & counter in designated patterns of play.
Where this ‘plan’ fails (home games where we face 14/15 teams who follow our away-day plan), the players simply are unable to provide any technical ability or speed of thought to change the game.
This is what happens with second rate players, who aren’t good enough. They need their hands held through games as they aren’t up to the required level. This in turn has made some of them worse