Heimdall has a tendency to reach a broader and more damning conclusion than circumstances really permit.
You don’t have to mix in what I think are some fairly legitimate questions about the way this season has gone with views about ‘top managers’’, Jürgen lacking ‘adaptability’ in his ‘thinking’ or comparisons with Pep where no true comparison exists.
You don’t need to start reaching for these absurd statements to justify a fair criticism of some of the manager’s decisions about team selection or subs; the failure to properly replace Lovren; the lack of leadership shown by some of the less senior members of the team; and the way the side has frankly capitulated in the face of a challenge.
Despite the injuries, the pandemic and other circumstances - some more personal, which are perhaps more difficult to weigh - I think we would all still have expected the team to show a much greater sense of resolution and togetherness to put it right, and to do so swiftly, not to stumble and stagger our way through a season, at times hinting that we might be back, only to lose any chance of actually winning anything and to be at risk of ceding our place in next season’s CL.
That is the shock for me above all else and I don’t think it’s unreasonable that the manager and players take their share of the blame. They will though because you don’t win a league and European cup without feeling a corresponding sense of disappointment when the challenge fades so badly.
Most of the improvement will consist in injured players returning and signing one or two more this summer but at the same time there do need to be a few heads bashed together, some players told to pull their socks up or f*ck off, and yes, crucially we have to regain the sense of resilience and fortitude that has been the hallmark of our success.