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Re: It's Simple - could be a blessing in disguise
Posted by: Ares
Date: 17/02/2008 14:50
that is correct

look at this

van der sar
brown rio vidic evra
andersson

Ferguson started 100% of his first choice defence. which incl andersson = 60% of his starting eleven concentrated in one area of the pitch.

Compare

Lehman
Hoyte ToureACN Galla Traore
Gilberto.

did anyone really expect us to win with 1 match fit first team regular in that area of the pitch compared to united's 6?

when you're playing in midfield with a weak defence behind you and an attack which is marked out of the game, your best bet is to keep the ball like England Vs Croatia Keeping possession will protect your defence and draw central defenders away from your forwards if you keep the ball long enough then the whole team can move upfield thus one of your full backs [Traore/Sagna etc] can take up a position in the penalty area to make it 3 vs 4 or even 3 vs 3 if one of their defenders steps out.

The premeditated chopped surfece on the pitch effectively ruled out the short passing game get out of jail card. And with the aerial prowess of Vidic and Rio the long ball was ruled out too.

It was a suicide run.

We survived with minimal casualties, Toure Hoyte Lehman and Bendtner got an opportunity to work out some of the kinks outta their system.
Senderos gained street cred.

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