I dunno about y’all, but I’m not so confident about our upcoming game at the Bernabeu. I know we’re still adjusting to Berizzo’s tactics, and now life without Nzonzi. But that Maribor result showed me how far behind we are from our best. We got a draw from a lucky Ganso goal, and didn’t produce much else. Perhaps the boys knew they were already thru and just wanted to get out of a cold ass Slovenian tundra and already had their minds set on the big match Saturday.
A few things bother me :
• Nolito vs Correa — this to me is WBY vs Muriel part 2, where no one is making a case to be the starter. Nolito is showing signs of improvement, but still far from his best.
• the #10 role — with Banega playmaking from deep, someone needs to pick up the mantle, whether it’s Vázquez, Ganso or MKD. None of these guys are consistent. In Ganso’s case, he hasn’t been given enough gametime, but it’s up to him to prove himself in training.
• switch to front-2? — last season we noticed that Ben Yedder and Vietto played better when partnered up. What if it’s the case again this season? There’s a 4-4-2 trend going on and it wouldn’t be a bad idea to experiment with that formation. Besides, both WBY & Muriel didn’t often play as lone strikers at their previous clubs. Wouldn’t be “striking” to me if this is the source of their troubles. 4-2-3-1 is a varied 4-4-2 anyway. But if the mediapunta isn’t producing, what’s the point?