This is a very good point, win tonight and we can rotate heavily in the other games.
5 subs too. Get a couple of goals ahead, which I know is a lot to ask against this frustrating bunch, but it then gives flexibility to rotate through the rest of the game for the weekend. Would even be tempted to change to a back 5 and rest either Mane or Salah at a stage in the game to just see it out.
Need to play them at their own game, if we take the lead then just retain possession, waste time, go down at the slightest touch to buy cheap free kicks and generally frustrate them. Sooner or later they will have to attack if that’s the case and it will create more spaces for us to try and exploit.
Don’t get too tight to Suarez either, defenders that get too tight to him tend to end up regretting it because he’s so good in those situations, whether that’s by rolling the defender or winning a foul. Stand off him a bit and force him to move into an area of the pitch he doesn’t want to be - make him have to try and knock the ball past the defence and run onto it because as good as he is, he was never blessed with a lot of pace and any pace he did have has now gone, get him running after the ball and he won’t be getting to it before any of our defenders. When it comes to the dark arts of the game, he’s as good as they come, factor in how good he still is too and there can’t be any lapses in concentration.
He’s a winner too, will win at all costs so he will be fully up for this game, he won’t have forgotten what we done to him and his Barca teammates.
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