Is he back for the next game? Feels like it’s no coincidence we concede 3 at home when he wasn’t playing.
Goes straight back in the 11 for me.
It wasn't a coincidence. I think I posted the numbers in this player thread last season when people were questioning the impact he has on games.
- We concede more without him in the team
- We score less without him in the team
- We pick up far fewer points without him startinghttps://statsbomb.com/2019/01/the-rise-of-press-resistant-midfielders/?fbclid=IwAR059s8Pn0H-8sfZVUZmgumfrBY9oSCVvYr_TRDQOKiW6knDMgZl2IkAzIo
Interesting article. Talks about the likes of Moussa Dembele (former Spurs midfielder), a bit about Wijnaldum and Frenkie De Jong who recently got his move to Barcelona. A new 'breed' of midfielders.
The writer mentions Wijnaldum not being as good as Dembele (in his prime so to speak), but I disagree with that. The ability to hold off opponents when they have the ball is insane.
Love this bit as it is very relevant to Manchester City these days:"Bielsa had shown that, while Barcelona were great pressers themselves, they were not invulnerable to being pressed by opponents. Though the level of execution required was extremely high, a midfield heavily focused on passing could be pressed into submission."
Managers who have the tactical knowledge/ability, like Bielsa, to set up their teams and have a go at City, can get something out of the game.
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