The line-up is in and it’s a very strong team today.
Leno, Bellerin, Luiz, Gabriel, Tierney, Xhaka, Ceballos, Saka, Odegaard, Smith Rowe, Aubameyang
Clearly too soon for Thomas Partey, so we revert back to a centre midfield of Xhaka and Dani Ceballos.
Attack wise, we have all the tools in the box on display. Our best central defender for passing. Kieran Tierney prowling down the left. With probably the idea from 4 moving forward.
It’s the gun show today.
What are we looking for?
Goals, goals, goals.
The main worry is that we’ll be leggy after chasing shadows against Manchester City over the weekend. Post-Leeds, we weren’t really at peak physical condition, even though you’d be hard pushed to say we didn’t create enough to win.
We need a performance today. There needs to be an answer to their offside trap. We need to keep our midfield and defence super tight so we don’t give up an away goal. Everyone needs to give a 90 minutes of concentration.
I also want to see us take risks. Auba isn’t the only person that can score goals. Odegaard is capable, the same is true of Saka and ESR.
… but Auba does need to show up. We need a captains performance. Lead by example. Be the sharp shooter we need.
We need a big win.
We need to start a run of tough games positively.
This has to be a run.
So let’s see where it goes.
Enjoy the comments. See you there a little later. This will be fun.