AVB still hasn’t learnt that you cannot play a high line against speedy forwards.
Since the changes in the offside law a few years ago it is suicidal to play a high line against forwards with pace and but for the excellent Hugo Lloris the score line would have been a lot worse for Spurs fans. It would appear that Andre Villas Boas hasn't learnt from the thrashing that Arsenal gave Chelsea two years ago when he was managing Chelsea.
He also has to learn not to be so negative when things are going badly. His body language is terrible after every defeat; his voice drops an octave and his words merge into each other; when in doubt mumble. It sends out a terrible message to the fans and the players.
Rafael Benitez was wrong not to play Daniel Sturridge last season.
Daniel Sturridge has been an instant hit at Liverpool since signing for them during the January transfer window. Although Sturridge was injured in the early part of last season Benitez lacked the faith to play him even though Chelsea were thinner up top last season than Wayne Rooney before his hair weave. Sturridge has been a revelation since his move to Liverpool and Chelsea must be wondering why they sold him. Sturridge must start in the qualifiers for England.
Spurs will miss Gareth Bale
For all the possession that Spurs have had in their opening three Premier League games this season they have yet to score a goal from open play. The game against Arsenal was the acid test after two games against lesser opposition and although Roberto Soldado has scored two penalties he has struggled in open play, though to be fair to him the service hasn’t been brilliant. Its early days yet and the big question for Spurs is how long will it take the raft of new players to gel?
AVB has made radical changes in the year he has been in charge, yet despite all the new signings you wonder who the player will be to unlock the defence and provide the inspiration now that Bale has gone.
Manchester United may struggle to score late goals
Robin Van Persie fluffed Manchester United’s only late chance in the games against Chelsea and Liverpool and it is unusual for a United team to create so few chances late on. Does David Moyes inspire the same level of fear as Fergie?
As anyone who has read Gary Neville’s autobiography will know the players would have been slaughtered by the manager for their performances in the dying minutes of their last two games. That fear inspired the United players to give everything in the dying minutes of a game and Moyes needs to engender the same spirit, or should that be fear in the current squad.
Arsene Wenger is suddenly a convert to counter attacking football
Arsene Wenger was full of praise for the way his team played despite the fact that Spurs dominated possession and Arsenal played on the counter. Yet I cannot remember Arsene Wenger ever giving an opposing team credit for playing counter attacking football.
Chelsea have been the classic example during the recent Wenger years; they gave Arsenal lots of possession in areas where they couldn’t hurt them, drew them in and then hit them on the counter.
Apart from two seasons ago when AVB played his disastrous high line against them, Chelsea have dominated against Arsenal in recent years and Wenger has never once given Chelsea credit for beating them by playing on the counter.
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