Just off the A516
Teams: Spurs, Derby, Burton Albion, Besiktas
The captain should provide leadership when it's required. What you say reflects badly on Keogh. McClaren too must have known that they were defending unnecessarily deep, but if there's any truth in Ancelotti's view that a coach can do little to influence a game that's in progress, backing off is an issue that needs plenty of attention in training prior to a game. Because McClaren hasn't been there long, he may not know that it's a long-standing problem, but Keogh should. Or perhaps your "We lack leadership all over the pitch" implies that you think there should be several leaders among the eleven players on the pitch (?)
At Burton, John Mousinho is club captain. He didn't play on Friday. Whoever the captain for the evening was, there didn't seem to be a player dishing out instructions - and yet positioning didn't appear to be an issue. Perhaps there's no need for "leadership" on the pitch if the players go into the game with instructions on how deep to defend, and put the instructions into effect.
F****t saved by goal difference.
Last edited by ridge; October 23rd, 2016 at 13:01.