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No worries, two straight wins and we're through.
 

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It's a bit worrying though that too many of our players start shitting their pants as soon as the pressure is turned up just slightly. The back three and the midfield were just horrendous with their passing and decision making in the second half.
 

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It's a bit worrying though that too many of our players start shitting their pants as soon as the pressure is turned up just slightly. The back three and the midfield were just horrendous with their passing and decision making in the second half.
Conte suggested it could be mental as well, but IMO, it's more than that and it does come down to the lack of depth which Conte took management to task for.

First, Biraghi was a weak link and couldn't stem the Dortmund attack on our left side. Now, Hakimi is not at all an easy player to deal with. But Biraghi doesn't seem to be equipped to defend as well as others might.

Second, following our high intensity in the 1st half, the levels of players would naturally drop in the 2nd. But this happened more for some than others. Vecino made some horrendous turnovers when Dortmund were mounting their comeback. Candreva was too casual with some passes, the most obvious one being the throw-in which led to our goal.

So in the end, we had both flanks and a midfielder shutting off against a team that was firing on all cylinders.

More than a mental element, I think it has to do with fitness in a big way. But in this light, we should note that we just don't have the depth (and in some cases quality) to do these matches in quick succession.

That said, we may have still come through with a point but for a couple of other things:

1. Handa being beaten at such a tight angle by Brandt. It should never happen for a quality keeper. Unfortunately it does happen on the rare occasions and this was it.

2. Politano almost having his leg broken so that we were playing with 10 players essentially since he couldn't do much more than hobble around (real trooper, btw. Much respect). Note that we still came close to equalising on 2 occasions in spite of this.
 

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Pretty embarrassing performance again. Vecino, Candreva and Biraghi being the worst culprits in my opinion.

The tactics also seem off. Slavia seem to outnumber us in every area of the pitch. We can't seem to get our press going, the midfield doesn't commit enough. And our players can't seem to cope with Slavia's pressing.

Hopefully the second half is better.
 

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Missed the first half
 

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German commentator saying the goal reversal/pen scenario was scandalous. Abysmal midfield. As bad as any we put out last season.
 

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Biraghi has, as far as I know, played only 2 good games for Inter. This certainly isn't one of them
 

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Huge miss Lukaku.

Header from 6 yards onto bar. Great dribbling and cross Candreva.

Not gonna be our evening
 

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Another shot onto the bar hahahah

F××k this. This CL campaign is doomed.
 

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Brozovic played a Slavia player clean through.

Abysmal.

Huge save Handa
 

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Lautaro misses a 1 on 1

Pathetic

Stop this game now please.

It's embarassing
 

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FINALLY

Hahaha
 

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Slavia player misses from 4 yards out
 

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Outrageous goal Lautaro.

Amazing assist Lukaku
 

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Hopefully Barca rests their entire starting 11 against Inter as they've already won the group. Still a slim chance that we'll make it through with our midfield issues.

I was going to praise Valero a bit, but then in the second half it became too apparent that he's just too slow to be a reliable alternative.
 

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Huh what happened to Lukaku's 4th??????
 

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F#%^king VAR again

Worst invention in the history of the sport
 

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Destroying the sport one match at a time
 

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F#%^king VAR again

Worst invention in the history of the sport
Yeah, it's a bit ridiculous when you watch the game, it ends and you think it ended 1-4 but then you see that it was actually 1-3 when looking at livescore.
 
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