We average 39.83% Possession per game this season, only Burnley average less on 38.83%. Number of passes played in games at the Ethihad this season
Norwich 362 City 730
Arsenal 185 City 757
Southampton 319 City 555
Burnley 318 City 768
Palace 319 City 654
Everton 246 City 853
This has nothing to do with injuries and everything to do with how we set up and what our game plan is. That is 100% on the manager but once you keep inviting pressure onto you, you are bound to end up losing games, there will just be no other outcome. We average 337 passes per game, our opposition averages 542, so we play 200 less passes per game on average, that has nothing to do with injuries or squads or anything else and has everything to do with an outdated philosophy and an inability to adapt to the modern game.
Is that such a problem though? To concede possession isn't such a bad thing if there is a broader plan around it. In all of our wins this season (bar Burnley) we've had lower possession.
When you look at number of passes this season as a whole, beyond the top three who'd you'd expect to rank highest anyway (Chelsea, City & Liverpool) you have Man Utd, Brighton and Crystal Palace with the most passes in the league (all of whom who are barely 2 points above us).
In our best season over the last 10 years, 13/14, we made more passes than Chelsea, who finished 3rd, just 4 points off the title. Bizarrely, Swansea had the 2nd most passes in the league that season, they finished 12th.
My point is that number of passes per game isn't a precursor for success or number of points (outside the top teams anyway).
Based on what?No manager can do anything with this squad
I back the manager to rebuild said squad.
Soz if that makes me a bad fan.
Rather be bad than a clueless one expecting any better from the next fella who takes to our dugout.
In those 6/7/8 years did we have a ghost of a chance to go toe-to-toe with the big-financed-boys in terms of getting higher skilled (Read costly here) players. And if my memory serves right, we did set out defensively from the get-go, but we rarely if ever lacked the endeavour.
So I don't get what's the point. Should we just write off games against the Reds, Chelsea, Manchester clubs, because we are starting from rock bottom (Is it really, I don't know if it is)? Is that what you are suggesting. Why not , write off games against London clubs or England clubs as well (I know, I know hyperbole).
Oh right, okayeee.Purely out of interest what is "the agenda"?
Think this needs a pollDon't know what you've got against Farke to be honest.
Just do yourself a favour and don't . I actually quite like Forever . He's knowledgeable, passionate, for the most part polite and he can use paragraphs . A dying art .I don't even know where to start....
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