Tommygilf Posted November 26, 2022 Share Posted November 26, 2022 5 hours ago, DavidM said: Southgate seems unable to change a game tactically and with subs when it’s drifting or going away from us . I want to see us be more positive and if we go out it’s not with a whimper , but I’m not holding my breath . Observations on last night are Mount is overrated and is anonymous to much in a key position , Kane looks painfully slow and for some reason wants to play in every position but his own , and Southgate obviously has his favourites and is ultra loyal to them but I feel his rigidity and conservative nature will cost us . I hope we see Foden and Maddison in games to come . The passing around the back was tedious and something we do way to much of . Overall the World Cup looks wide open to me . Interesting where we finish in the group , where France and Argentina finish in there’s is important down the line I would agree with a lot of that. Southgate seems to be a manager who believes in averages, stats and trends first and foremost. He isn't particularly responsive and seems to make preplanned changes regardless of the situation. Its infuriating, but its a dullness which has worked to get England further than they've ever been before in my lifetime in 2 major tournaments. That said it is also probably the reason we lost to both Croatia and Italy. On the players, Mount in particular has been a passenger in the two games. Neither offensively creative or defensively aggressive. I struggle to see why Maddison wasn't given a chance even just off the bench. Kane really has a slow lumbering streak for England. He showed this in the Euros too. It is often worse in games where we are struggling to break forward because he drops so deep but doesn't have the pace to make up for that. There is also the question of his own fitness, which I think we should be willing to drop anyone on the team for. We can be overly critical. France were bang average against Denmark today but salvaged at 2-1 win with some individual brilliance - likewise Argentina with Messi vs Mexico. Obviously the Germans lost their opening game and the Dutch have drawn with Ecuador. A win and a draw isn't the worst in the world. I just hope we learn from this and realise what we do well and maximise that with our starting XI and substitutes. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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