when EDF is faced with a situation in which he's forced to change tactics and then find that those tactics yield results he runs with them even if those tactics aren't applicable to the situation at hand, 3-5-2 against all tough opponents last season after the remontada for example. and so, this season we had to keep using the double pivot 4-2-3-1, not because it's the most suitable for the team, but because this is the formation simple enough for EDF to get results with some of the time, instead of none of the time, and because it's the formation that can get a solid performance out of Pellegrini. the injuries forced EDF's hand and he fielded a 4-3-3 with only one DM and two CMs against Milan and the team showed that it can be creative and dangerous in attack, without being exposed at the back, he ran with it again against Chievo and it worked again and produced our first clean sheet in a while. here's hoping that this continues as this squad is built for a modern 4-3-3 and everyone, barring Cristante, showed it in the last two matches.
of course the clean sheet came against Chievo, but this brings me to another positive. we did not play down to our opponents level as usual, and when we decided to dial back we kept possession of the ball instead of giving it up and absorbing attack wave after attack wave until we crack.
Nzonzi is doing good in the DM position, the position he was signed to cover in the first place. Karsdrop is doing so well he feels like a new signing and we're finally free to rest Florenzi and utilize him in other postions. SES despite starting slow against Chievo has found consistency overall this season and is our best player so far IMO, he's also the team's top scorer (when we phase out Dzeko, and if Schick doesn't pan out, I wouldn't mind trying Il Faraone as a striker). Fazio and Marcano (especially) had a very good game last match with Nzonzi in front of them.
EDF being EDF, he couldn't just play the damn game without overthinking things and getting into his own head. he played Schick on the right with apparently not instructions other than to defend, and the poor kid obliged. Schick worked his ass off and did well defensively, but he had no impact on the attack. this is a striker, that's played out of position as a right wing, who made zero crosses all match.
a lot has been said about EDF's nourishing of young talent. however, Karsdrop doing very well is making me doubt EDF's "not giving his all" excuse for not playing him. Kluivert has a ton of talent but needs playing time time to acclimate, and even though the chance to give him that much needed playing time was there with the game practically won, EDF decided to put in Florenzi. and since I now doubt EDF's reasoning/estimation of Karsdrop's situation, I also now doubt his reasoning/estimation of Coric's situation (another talented youngster in need of playing time), and with the game done and dusted instead of giving him some playing time in place of Zaniolo, he subs in De Rossi, who is needed on Tuesday, in instead. speaking of Zaniolo, he still can't play a full 90 minutes because he doesn't pace himself and it's EDF's responsibility to fix that.
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