Well I didn’t watch the match but both sides had similar numbers of shots on target so it wasn’t too one-sided on paper. But the lack of squad preparation is coming back to bite us, a lack of cb cover and dm cover is really hurting us, Kjaer was injured in the last match so being somewhat sluggish can be understood, Lenglet is 22 and needs more work, again any older seasoned heads would be wonderful but starting Mercado along with Kjaer sounds worse.
As for DM, like the team itself I’ve got nothing, Pizarro has played his whole career in the Americas and won’t but up to running his socks off twice a week, Banega can be good but can’t play on both sides of the pitch, MKD is old and only played at the end of last season … alright I’m not going to find any excuses but he should have contributed more. I thought Geis was drafted in for these situations? He’s the only guy left for such occasions unless you want Ganso in, and why wasn’t Carole even in the match squad?
Also, playing a 4-3-3 in an away game is too risky unless you’re Barca and are expected to dominate possession, with this team it’s just asking for trouble. Valencia away has always been tough and given their top form we need to regroup and simply shut down the game for the sake of it, play deep and let muriel/navas/nolito run around and aim for a draw. Oh and bench Rico if he’s playing that badly, Soria has always been dependable.
To put things into perspective, suffering our worst defeat in European Competition in the last 60 years with the most expensive squad assembled is just ugh.