North London Derby day.
These are constantly tough video games to sneak peek due to the fact that there are a lot of other things going on. The history, the rivalry, the Mourinho-y … all of it plays into how you feel about the component.
Last time, when we went to White Hart Lane, we were bad and stupid. We were bad at the time, that particular video game coming at the nadir of our miserable spell in November and December. We conceded bad goals, and played inadequately.
This time, we still haven’t shaken the foolish (although we have switched one kind of stupidity for another– in your face those who say we have not provided any variety this season), but we are playing better. We’re creating more opportunities, scoring more objectives, and that’s a positive thing to take into any video game, let alone one like this.
In terms of team news, there are no concerns for Mikel Arteta. Basically, everybody is fit That’s good, and I don’t suspect we’re going to see too much various from Thursday night. The lead we take into the second leg versus Olympiacos allows the manager to turn for that a person, knowing that if he requires to, he can bring the ‘huge weapons’ off the bench.
It’s not as if he can’t modify anything though. There belongs of me that thinks Bukayo Saka may require a rest due to the fact that he hasn’t rather been at his finest of late, however then there’s another part of me that thinks not playing one of your finest players in a derby is a bit mad, however you might wish to validate it.
I ‘d be believing extremely difficult about playing him from the left though, to dovetail with Kieran Tierney, or reviving Emile Smith Rowe because position. If it’s Saka on the left, Nicolas Pepe is the apparent candidate for the right hand side. Sp rs are strong down that side however, so it might well depend upon how seriously Arteta views their risk and how he plans to nullify it.
The removal of Thomas Partey after simply 55 minutes on Thursday felt pre-planned. The supervisor stated it was tactical, however you don’t take off your finest midfielder at that point of a game unless there’s something else going on. I can only presume it’s due to the fact that they wanted to get some more minutes into his post-injury legs, and to guarantee that he can do 90 minutes today. The summertime finalizing hasn’t been at the top of his type for all the reasons we understand regarding injury etc, however today would be an excellent day for him to reveal his quality.
On him, Arteta states:
You can see his quality, you can see the presence and the special qualities he supplies to the team when he is on the pitch. I think it is simply a reality of playing more video games, getting some chemistry and understanding with his team-mates and getting as fit as he possibly can.
After the group selection comes the technique. Sp rs will have taken a look at us of late and seen a team which has done its utmost to shoot itself in the foot, and been susceptible to giving in some mild pressing. Will that alter the method they play? Generally, you ‘d anticipate them to sit off, sit back, and want to hit us on the counter. That’s how we conceded the 2 objectives in the last video game, so I envision it’ll be a case of if it ain’t broke, do not fix it. Could our capacity to self-destruct tempt them out? Is that something we could exploit if they do press higher than expected?
However, the onus is on us to go and win the video game. To do that we have to play into their hands a bit, but we can be aggressive and front footed without leaving ourselves exposed.
Nevertheless, the league table is a problem for us, and this game is special on its own. There has been an improvement given that the Chelsea game, we do have firepower and assaulting threat, along with plenty of alternatives from the bench if we can utilize them correctly and at the right time. We started brightly against Olympiacos, and today, if we can do comparable, we have to make certain we take our possibilities. You can’t rely on rockets, impressive as they were from Odegaard and Elneny, to bail you out.
And certainly, we can’t make mistakes like we have versus Benfica and Burnley and Olympiacos and hope to get away with it.
Enjoy your day as much as you can with that gnawing stress in the pit of your stomach, and I’ll catch you later for the game.
Come on you reds.