To be fair it was going to be a Wolves throw in and Chillwell wouldn’t give up the ball .. or, at least Podence thought it was a Wolves throw in.Chillwell was dithering on a throw-in and Podence just completely lost his shit and attacked him and ripped the ball out of his hands. Yellow, could maybe have been red.
JFC West Brom's third kit is as bad as their second kit, they look like a team of Ronald McDonalds.
WBA isn’t known for having good taste. Look upon their mascot, and despair:
That’s intriguing.I feel like Pep has created a new role for himself. He’s a strategist. He’s a scientist. He’s a thinker. He needs to be paired with a more mundane mind that limits his tinkering and directs his brilliance.
I wonder if Arteta really was that guy. He’s steadfast and unbreaking. He doesn’t seem capable of creative thought. Was he a perfect pairing for Pep’s brilliance and now neither can succeed without the other?
(3.) Fernandinho was an absolute force as a defensive midfielder just a couple of years ago and Rodri is definitely not a like-for-like replacement. There are a few graphics in the Athletic article that differentiate the smarterscout defensive ratings of Fernandinho 2018/19 with Rodri this year:[Guardiola] treasured [Silva's] “pausa”, his ability to bide his time on the ball and wait for exactly the right moment to release it. There was also the way he kept the ball moving and kept the opposition chasing. It gave order to City’s game, allowing them to strangle matches, the perfect yin to Kevin De Bruyne’s yang.
And then there was the simple fact that he created loads of bloody chances. He played for Guardiola for four seasons and, in that time, only De Bruyne created more big chances and more opportunities from open play. Even if you include this season in the stats (with Silva no longer at the club), he’s still second.
One thing to partially explain Havertz's play is that he was bed-ridden for 10-days with significant COVID-19 symptoms in November. That certainly dropped his fitness level. It's easy to forget with big-name players getting COVID-19 seemingly every week, but he seems to have had a more serious case than other players.Havertz seems not very useful so far. He's got skills but he seems just to drift through games.
A little of both I think. He's a step slower but that's not all. He seems timid and his decision-making is poor. He commits stupid fouls in unnecessary places. His passing touch is off.Is that a confidence problem, or is it lingering after effects from his injury?