To me it looks like we're off the pace a bit. In possession, particularly build up from deep, we don't look assured. We kept giving the ball away in dangerous positions last night, and that can be down to the players in front of the ball as much as it is the passer himself.
We're also not getting to enough second balls. It happened frequently against Norwich and again last night. Too often we win the first ball and then there's no one around to challenge for or pick up the second. Feel like this is the midfields job more often than not.
Don't agree much with the general media sentiment we're playing an especially high line. We've done that for ages, and have relied on a good offside trap along with quick defenders to bail us out.
Overall think we need to improve our build up play, as it's easy to get in behind us if we give the ball away in the first/second third, and we also need to look at why we aren't winning enough second balls in midfield.
On the plus side there's all these "problems" and yet we have our first 3 points and first trophy of the season already!
Your first paragraph is interesting in that it’s something I have noticed even during pre season, when the back 4 are in possession we seem to vacate the central midfield area, yesterday Hendo and Milner were almost hugging the side lines leaving Fab as the only option.
No surprise we were hoofing the ball long and with Matip trying to play out of the Chelsea press we were our own worst enemies.
Strange set up indeed.