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    No one is expecting us to be setting the world on fire, but the squad is still the 4th-best in the league on paper. Anyway it's more about the lack of clear stylistic direction or signs of progress. Pochettino and Klopp have already been given as examples of guys who started slowly but had clear signs of progression. But even with Lampard, who doesn't seem anything special at all as a coach, I already have a clearer idea of how he wants to play than I do with Emery who's been in the job 18 months. People keep saying it because it's true; we simply have no idea what the plan is for establishing some sort of footballing identity. Literally the only thing I can point to is that Emery now seems to insist on repetitively playing out from the back at all times, even when the personnel and flow of the game make it patently detrimental. Aside from that I have absolutely no idea what his philosophy is, or if he even has one. You say the manager can't legislate for individual errors, which is sort of true, but at the same time it's his system which leaves the defence horrendously open all the time, and it's his system that forces Sokratis to play all these cute passes out from defence when we're already under intense pressure. Seems to me that the bloke is a conservative, reactionary coach who can't actually set up a decent defensive system.
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    I mean Jesus Christ
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    Emery should be under serious pressure at this point. Still absolutely no clue what his gameplan is really. Seems a nice bloke but I just don’t think he’s good enough.
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  5. You've got to be taking the piss at this point surely.
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    Guendouzi has been excellent today.
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    Not many players around as brain dead as Granit Xhaka.
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    Yeah Xhaka just cannot move the ball quickly enough to play the way we should be playing. I think to be fair Emery is also unconvinced that he should be starting, which is why he hasn’t named a proper captain yet.
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    Think there’s a middle ground between leaving yourself open, and what we did today. Very negative approach all round really. Token attacking sub made far too late too.
  10. It’s the time of the season where the physical prep done can really make a difference, so it could just be down to that. We saw it with Arsenal last year, where Emery had worked the players really hard in pre-season, and we managed to get good results largely due to that physical edge. It always catches up to you though.
  11. VAR official didn't suggest a review of it.
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    Early days obviously, but so far it seems like more of the same, where we’ve got two wins from two by outperforming our crappy xG.
  13. If you think he actually believes that stuff and isn’t just trying to deflect then I don’t know what to tell you.
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