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I would be happy if you start with that MF because I think Dembele and Parker would be to strong for Coutinho and Downing if they move inside, and that would leave a lot of space out wide for our pacemen. You would have a lot of threat going forward, but weak when defending IMO. Depending how we get through the Inter game with regards to injuries, then I think it should be a great game. Adebayor has really been very poor this season, so hopefully Defoe has no set back to his injury and plays, even though we lose Adebayors height, although JC and Agger would have no trouble against him. Looking forward to a great game.
I kinda think it might be a case of having to try and outscore each other! It just smells of a 4-3 with a pair of high defensive lines and relatively slow centre halves with monstrously pacey and tricky forward players, in which case, it will no doubt be 0-0!
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To be honest, I'll be 100% sure Brendan has some additional method of dealing with Bale, unlike Mr. Whinger last weekend who said he had no such plan, and that worked out magnificently for Arsenal, as their defense always does for them.
I have seen him line up centrally recently, so they could start him there, but with Defoe set to start, I'd imagine they will use Dembele (or Dempsey if fit / Gylfi) to sit in the hole as more natural fits, and probably do the usual Bale/Lennon combo. I happen to think on top of is very good form of late, and this season vs last, Downing has an exceptional work rate, so he along with Glen give enough over there, with the right midfielder shading that way.. I would have Lucas concentrate on being the central sweeper, because if he gets caught in a race with either side, or loses his concentration, they'll score one of those goals they did in succession vs Arsenal. So the plan seems simple, as I'm trying to describle it, but I think the best way to deal with it, is match pressure for pressure..
Basically if it's Downing, have him run his Fing socks off pressing, and have Glen carefully and selectively raid down that side, with Allen or whomever slight sliding over, and if overlapping Downing, he then drop deep immediately. More or less an aggressive version of counter attack down that side. I think if fit, Enrique and Agger can nullify Lennon a bit.. Since I just said that, he'll score 3 now..
But again, I think it's two in form teams and the 2 in form players, and a real tactical battle, where we have to hope for one of our others to step up and make a moment of magic. Spurs don't score alot, but they score when needed, so we may need the same.. Enter xyz hero !! I wouldn't be bitterly disappointed with a draw, but I really believe we can win.
I'm really not sure what the story is with Skrtel since I know he was actually injured, but there was a pretty bad interview he gave on Sky where I basically can't see him staying, unless it was Rodgers pulling a "Downing/Hendo/Enrique" kick up the #$%$ thing.. If he's 100%, I have to have him regardless of Carra's recent run, because Carra was a little error prone in the Wigan match, similar to the give away vs Zenit and Hulk, and I just can't see a good matchup with Defoe, Bale, Lennon, and Dembele up there with all their pace and creativity. I also decided that we should employ the new 3 RB system, while managing to only seem like we have 11 out there. I thought Allen was great vs Wigan, back to his early doors form, but I think Henderson could also come in for his pace, work rate and size to pair with Lucas, or to play forward with Gerrard deeper. I could even see Sturridge not starting, with Coutinho to trouble Walker, but I could also see Suarez there like the Arsenal match vs Sagna..
Basically, I see this as the 2 most in form players in the league, and offensively in form teams going head to head, and one big chess match. I don't really rate AVB as a good tactician, and if there's every been a 1 man show, it's the Tottenham Balespurs, though Defoe back and Lennon scoring makes them very scary.. I do think BR can out think AVB, but it comes down to the starting 11's, and Spurs may have issues after Europa so who knows.. We know we'll have our best 11 based on a week's rest/training and who Brendan deems best for this one which could be an incredible result, especially since I think we've won 1 in 5 vs them, maybe 1 in 6?
Wisdom - Skrtel-Agger - Enrique
Gulasci, Carra, Wisdom, Hendo, Jonjo, Coutinho, Sterling
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I like your way of dealing with Bale, the problem is he seems to be starting through the centre with a free role of late so the triple right backs may not work ;) If ever there was a game you wanted a Mascherano this is it, I think that the responsibility will lie largely on Lucas to deal with him through the centre but there is a big factor of the passover time when he changes out to the left or right hand side so he doesnt get the chance to ghost between markers. The other thing is getting assistance in quickly, the last thing you want someone to do is commit to a challenge with Bale with no support, it might work 7 out of 10 times but then he will be through and causing mayhem!
The 2, 1 man teams come head to head so surely it will be a case of everyone else scoring in this one!