I don't watch any City so I'm curious: why is Mahrez a bust?Also I'm an unabashed Pep fanboy but this lineup tonight was an incredibly strange one. Impossible to know what little injuries exist but with him the tinkering is usually tactical and to say it has left me scared would be an understatement. Mahrez has been a complete bust at City it's absolutely astounding that he's selected in this match. Delph starts out of nowhere, Bernardo Silva has been probably our most consistent great player all year and he's not selected...it's a complete mess
He's got an incredible touch but has proven to be really one dimensional. Pep's system often tries to isolate wingers onto a shuffling defense after a diagonal but Mahrez can really only cut in to his preferred left foot which brings him right back into the defense. He's got step overs but he can't seem to beat a man so at best he can cut inside and try to get a shot through traffic. It's just such a different thing to attack packed defenses the way City need to versus playing on the counter and he just hasn't shown that he has the necessary ability. I would have bet quite a bit on him being really good in this team but as it is now he basically gets it wide and either does 2 step overs and recycles possession or cuts inside and tries to curl one far post. Creatively he's essentially a dead outlet and everyone seems to know to just show him the outside and let him slow play downI don't watch any City so I'm curious: why is Mahrez a bust?
Park the bus and see if you can keep them off the scoreboard, which I doubt happens. Best, most realistic case for Spurs I think is maybe a 2-1 loss, but grabbing an away goal to advance.so now that we're 90 minutes into the tie, how does the Spurs-City return leg come out?
Parking the bus seems like the wrong strategy to me against City, especially since that's not really Spurs game anyway. I think they need to take advantage of not allowing an away goal and see if they can put one in at The Etihad to really make things tough for City.Park the bus and see if you can keep them off the scoreboard, which I doubt happens. Best, most realistic case for Spurs I think is maybe a 2-1 loss, but grabbing an away goal to advance.
I have to think that Ajax will learn from Atletico's shit-show of a performance and know that you cannot give Juventus and Ronaldo the momentum at home. Once Ronaldo is locked in with the home crowd behind him, Juvenus has another gear.Chiellini is a big miss for Juventus. Normally Mandžukić would be as well, but his form has been off this year. I'm nervous, but I still have difficulty seeing Ajax pulling off the upset. This is why they play, right?