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14 Feb 2021 19:45:06
When we played Newcastle they caused plenty of problems in the second half by pressing and making it tough to play out from the back. Palace didn't pick up on that and made it easy. Arsenal did and we couldn't cope without Philips. Really hard for any goalie without just booting upfield and setting them up. Suspect others will do the same, but sure Bielsa will be able to counter this in future. Think where we are with our injuries and mostly last years mainstays is impressive.

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14 Feb 2021 20:20:59
Struijk is no replacement for Kalvin. Past games should have told Bielsa that but he is so stubborn he just refuses to be wrong. Don't get me wrong I love Struijk, as a Centre Back.

14 Feb 2021 20:40:38
I am the first to admit that phillips was a big loss in a game like today however missing phillips is no real excuse we have proven a lot that we can win without him

before jumping on me consider three things

lets be honest phillips ain't a great defensive player (our goals against prove this) so we would of defended better with him. probably not

he is a great asset moving forward but yet we still scored twice today so we can create without him

once ailing went to right back we played better

so yes today losing phillips was a blow but it was still a game we could of won but it was not helped by our manager going mental and playing everyone in the wrong position

again belisa is great but when push comes to shove can he make the changes to get the win?

14 Feb 2021 21:17:17
Berm our goals against nothing about Phillip's, it's a team game. You say Meslier is world class but our goals against says otherwise.
Completely agree we should not be dependent on one player and should be able to replace anyone. Yes we won't be 100% but shouldn't be at 50%.
For me the answer is obvious but Bielsa cannot agree and my answer is Shackleton. Why change multiple players positions when a like for like is available.

14 Feb 2021 21:41:47
Llorente can play DM, when he’s fit.

14 Feb 2021 21:49:46
If he's ever fit. Let's hope!

14 Feb 2021 22:15:38
Canada you say it ain't down to one player (which I agree with) then put it on messier which would insist it can be about a player?

of course our goals against it not just down to phillips but as a DM it would suggest that the D part of his position is maybe not that strong (as for the keeper he is world class just the sheer weight of chances against makes it impossible for him to stop, hence the amount of saves and MOTM he has won)

our goals against and poor defending is 100% down to the manager. it is his fault. now with our amazing style we will be open I can accept that. what I can't accept is playing everyone out of position, bad set plays and keep playing it back to keeper

to be open due to style is a choice. being open due to the other reasons is just stupidity which for all his greatness belisa also has stupidly in abundance

I do agree the answer to phillips not playing is shacks. I even think against some teams shacks is a better option to Phillips as he offers a bit more mobility and defensive cover. but hey what do I know I would also play ailing at right back and struijk at CB so clearly the manager knows more than me.

14 Feb 2021 22:31:53
Berm I didn't put it on Meslier, I used your own words to do to someone you rate what you did to Phillip's
You used our stats to say Phillip's can't defend I just used the same reasoning to call you out!
Meslier is doing very well for his age. Yes he screwed up today but I'm happy with him in general.
I agree our style is the issue and it asks our DM to do more than any other DM in the league.
Fortunately we have one of the best when fit, but don't seem to have a suitable backup as yet for when he isn't fit.

14 Feb 2021 23:03:13
Phillips is one of our best players and an England international. Do many teams not in the top 4 have a replacement of a high standard?

Can Tottenham replace Kane?
Can foxes replace vardy?
Place replace zaha?
Villa replace grealish?
Southampton replace ings?

You get my point, we’ve just been promoted back to the premier league is obvious we don’t have 11 premier league standard players and have 11 premier standard back ups just Incase.

15 Feb 2021 07:43:48
DM is a difficult position to cover, to have another player to cover for KP with the the same quality would be a very big ask. Ben White did a reasonable job covering for KP and I think the eyes were on Llorente when bought to be the cover for KP when injured or suspended.



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