With our most influential player of the last decade out - probably - for the rest of the season…
What are your thoughts and expectations for this season? Can we - and if so - how can we overcome this?
Our backs against the wall. Once again it feels like the whole world is against us. But often those were the times were came out stronger than one would have thought.
Too easy to put all the pressure on Joe and Joel now. Matip is very injury prone and Joes confidence looks gone.
On the pitch the whole squad needs to step up. Everyone needs to help defending. Best case would be to push the opponent in their own half. Get 2 or 3 goals before they even get a shot on ours.
What I’m also thinking:
expecting many wild games with high scoring and high conceiding result like we had pre VvD.
not only wild games but also more of those high intensity / high pressing games.
we should be able to reach the ko stage of the CL without VvD - probably easier than we might think.
I believe Nat Phillips will be the ‚big winner’ of the situation. Don’t even rate him that high but I think Koumetio, SvdB and Rhys are not ready.
bringing in a new CB in january is a must.