Very frustrating to watch.
We can’t have this all the time. Lazy and unproductive first half and then trying to go all guns blazing in the second, going for the win. Why can’t we score one or two in the first and then continue controlling the match in the second?
Why does it need to always need to be resting key players in MUST-WIN matches? Can’t we have Banega & co. on to finish the job in the first and then rest them early in the second half? That is what Atletco and the winning-mentality teams do. They don’t field the first team players in the 75th minute trying to snatch a win, they win and then control the match. That’s absurd. First, it will frustrate the whole team, not being able to score early and have the upper hand in the match. Second, it will give the opponents hope that they can damage us, or give them more time to sit back and hope for a draw (as most mid-table and below teams vs. us nowadays). Then, it will have a negative psychological impact in the first team players that come in at the 75th+ minute to save the day… the superhero cape is always a huge burden.
Why can’t Berizzo keep it simple? MKD for instance is adding absolutely nothing to the game. He lost many balls and can’t do anything 1v1 to save his life… just passing the ball around and some short passes without effect, reminds me of the infamous Kranevitter.
Muriel needs to think before shooting and not just blast the ball like it was a lifelong enemy of his. That’s why WBY gets more goals, he shoots with a clearer mind. Now of course Muriel would need the whole first team squad to prove his worth, but he needs to think sharper when with the ball. Or that case where he could either score himself or pass, rather he decided to do something that even he himself didn’t understand and miss a good chance, after a good job breaking down the right flank.
Malaga are so weak it’s not even funny. Can’t imagine not getting 3 points out of this one.
Berizzo, be brave once and for all, field Banega, take MKD out and let’s win this one… FFS!