I was slightly surprised by the number of changes to the line up imposed by AP last night,though he was absolutely correct to make them. Nine from eleven,though? Does that not run the risk that we are playing players who really don’t know each other?
Well,of course it does. But these players train with each other,even if only eleven can get on the pitch at one time. Yes,it is probably true that one or two of them looked like strangers when they were in possession,but these were the new players who haven’t yet bedded in.
Bernabei and Mooy,for instance-they will be fine in time. They bloody well weren’t early on though!
Was it disrespectful to play so many changes in a cup tie? Actually,I don’t think that AP CGAF about what anyone else thinks. He has clearly looked at our schedule and decided that some of our squad players need a wee run out to get them up to speed for the gruelling period ahead.
I dare anyone to call Ange out about it. His reply will probably be along the lines of-you pay my wages for me,and you can pick the team. Until then,I do it.
My Aussie brother in law was my best mate down in London when I met him. Maybe not much to him,but you don’t f..k with him. Or anyone from there. The press are starting to find that out here.
Nine changes-and everyone deserved a shot at the jersey? If it had been one or two changes,nobody would have blinked at the replacements,every one of them is up to scratch,and a more than adequate replacement.
Everyone on the pitch last night deserved their place,every one of them can lay a genuine claim for a starting position. Every one of them probably deserves one too,which is a measure of how far we have come in the last fourteen months.
Sadly,eleven. No luck. But what a pleasure to see the not quite there guys giving 100%. And,btw,outscoring the top lads into the bargain! We only won 3-1 there earlier this month.
Nice to have choices rather than a worse than a man short,innit?
Above article by BMCUWP