There’s a bit of noise about how the defence isn’t so good now.
People are really pleased with AJ’s form.
Under Roy Hodgson we never had these problems in defence.
But the forwards really suffered.
All of the above is not a coincidence!
Under Hodgson we rarely committed men ahead of the ball. The back door was always being watched, usually by at least five players. So if we lost possession we still had our shape. It was mad to see and felt a bit like overkill, but a testament to all the hours of training the team put in.
Now is different. At one point Riise was a legitimate left-winger. Clint Dempsey doesn’t really defend like he used to (playing that slanting in role he’s all over the show, which isn’t good for structured defending). Duff works hard but in the midfield there’s a new balance: defence is important, but it’s not all powerful like it was. Before the midfield could attack but had to be careful. Now they always attack but try to be careful if they possibly can.
It’s a big difference.
So the defence looks much shakier and the forwards look better!
More fun but less ‘good’, perhaps.
There’s always a balance. Stack the stones high and you might have a higher tower, but it might fall down in a mess, too. This is the situation we face. You can build a big tower against Wisla Krakow, but against the better teams it might be an idea to add a few more stones at the bottom so it’s harder to knock down.