One another forum, after a ligue 1 match against us, where we dominated possession (when that was a thing, Wenger not yet found out by the high press - of Swansea it may have been) our vanquished opponents were complaining that we were "just like f***ing Arsenal"I get you - there are some similarities for sure… But you’ll find most won’t be able to see past league 1 and the preMore league on this thread I guarantee
Wanting possession would be the only similarity tactically, emotionally, hard to judge, De Zerbi seems to think he is lucky to be here, Gus felt we were lucky to have him, but that may be due to the squads and budgets that each is/was working with.The vibe with De Zerbi and Gus seems similar both emotionally and tactically? Am I bonkers ? Discuss
Yes this.Well Gus was exciting as we were woeful and he actually got us playing better football than anyone else in Div 3. Arguably more Potter like than De Zerbi though. De zerbi football is high octane all out to win wonderstuff.
Hmmm yes agreed, he hasn't been at the club long enough for it to properly surface yet, but l predict RdZ to possess a similarly sized ego to his Uruguyan predecessor.RDZ ball is much faster. We play it out from the back completely differently to how we did under Gus, and we attack much quicker.
Definitely similarities between the managers though, RDZ is great when things are going well, but I fully expect it to end in tears with him, like it did with Gus.
DeZerbiBall is many things, but counter-attacking is not one of them in my view.Football:
Poyet L1 years - a wonderful possession based game, imho never seen in L1 before. As games went on opponents grew knackered chasing shadows, enabling wave after wave of Albion attacks. We didn’t just have great strikers, (variously) also brilliant in attack were Crofts, Bennett, Calderon, Noone.
Poyet (and Garcia) Championship years - a staid passing it around the back, worldly-wise opposition managers and players usually didn‘t fall for it. Giant CB’s with pace got the deckchairs and cigars out, as CMS shuttle ran between them, fullbacks with pace and positional sense appeared very switched on and relaxed about our threats down the wings. The Amex win rate over the 3 seasons was 46%, 1.5 Albion home goals per game. A few bright spots, but I was bored stiff, soon after giving up my ST.
RDZ era - breathtaking football, we all know the tactics as we witness them every game. A brilliant counter attacking game at times, you daren’t leave your seats.
Both Latin, but it stops there. Poyet is false, an actor, falling out with owners, it’s always someone else’s fault, he plays club politics, misplaced arrogant eg he didn’t take to Muzza wanting a pay rise, then much later tried to blame TB for Muzza’s departure.
Whilst RDZ naturally wears his heart on his sleeve, he’s wonderfully imperfect, he fights our cause, it must be great playing for him. With one proviso …. will we hate him when he moves to a rival?