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BlueLion.

28. César Azpilicueta

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I think the main reason Kante is finding it harder to adapt offensively is because Azpi is clueless going forward. he never overlaps the winger. He is always flat footed and doesnt take on the opposite fullback. He is so mechanical with his passing and his crossing has not even been that good this season. him being captain will make it hard to bench him like it was when Brana started struggling but im really hoping we upgrade on him next season. City spent over 100m on full backs and it transformed their play so much. In Pep's first season he didnt struggle with the attacking side of the game it was the full backs that were shit. When he upgraded his fullbacks it solidified his defence since he could now no longer be easily caught on the counter becuase his fullbacks have pace to burn and they are physically and technically imposing. If we upgrade our full backs I am almost certain 70 to 90% of our problems right now will be solved. It will give us width, it will mean our central mid fielders are not being pulled all over the place leaving us vulnerable in the middle like we have been. 

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5 minutes ago, Vybzkartel said:

I think the main reason Kante is finding it harder to adapt offensively is because Azpi is clueless going forward. he never overlaps the winger. He is always flat footed and doesnt take on the opposite fullback. He is so mechanical with his passing and his crossing has not even been that good this season. him being captain will make it hard to bench him like it was when Brana started struggling but im really hoping we upgrade on him next season. City spent over 100m on full backs and it transformed their play so much. In Pep's first season he didnt struggle with the attacking side of the game it was the full backs that were shit. When he upgraded his fullbacks it solidified his defence since he could now no longer be easily caught on the counter becuase his fullbacks have pace to burn and they are physically and technically imposing. If we upgrade our full backs I am almost certain 70 to 90% of our problems right now will be solved. It will give us width, it will mean our central mid fielders are not being pulled all over the place leaving us vulnerable in the middle like we have been. 

Great breakdown.

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13 hours ago, Vybzkartel said:

I think the main reason Kante is finding it harder to adapt offensively is because Azpi is clueless going forward. he never overlaps the winger. He is always flat footed and doesnt take on the opposite fullback. He is so mechanical with his passing and his crossing has not even been that good this season. him being captain will make it hard to bench him like it was when Brana started struggling but im really hoping we upgrade on him next season. City spent over 100m on full backs and it transformed their play so much. In Pep's first season he didnt struggle with the attacking side of the game it was the full backs that were shit. When he upgraded his fullbacks it solidified his defence since he could now no longer be easily caught on the counter becuase his fullbacks have pace to burn and they are physically and technically imposing. If we upgrade our full backs I am almost certain 70 to 90% of our problems right now will be solved. It will give us width, it will mean our central mid fielders are not being pulled all over the place leaving us vulnerable in the middle like we have been. 

A player struggling to adapt in a new system but why not blame someone else because that's a logical thing to do!

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14 hours ago, Vybzkartel said:

I think the main reason Kante is finding it harder to adapt offensively is because Azpi is clueless going forward. he never overlaps the winger. He is always flat footed and doesnt take on the opposite fullback. He is so mechanical with his passing and his crossing has not even been that good this season. him being captain will make it hard to bench him like it was when Brana started struggling but im really hoping we upgrade on him next season. City spent over 100m on full backs and it transformed their play so much. In Pep's first season he didnt struggle with the attacking side of the game it was the full backs that were shit. When he upgraded his fullbacks it solidified his defence since he could now no longer be easily caught on the counter becuase his fullbacks have pace to burn and they are physically and technically imposing. If we upgrade our full backs I am almost certain 70 to 90% of our problems right now will be solved. It will give us width, it will mean our central mid fielders are not being pulled all over the place leaving us vulnerable in the middle like we have been. 

I don't think that is accurate. Azpi does overlap and whoever played right winger has profitted from that more than they have last season with Moses overlapping. Pedro and Willian both have been very decent so far in interplay with Azpi. I remember him sprinting to the touchline at least 3 times vs Crystal Palace and he is always putting in quality crosses. He might not be the most adventurous dribbler but he is fast, direct and most importantly always tracking back, never out of position. It is his primary duty to defend and he does that very well.  It is not that in Sarris system the fullbacks are overly offensively influential. Look at Hysaj at Napli hardly more offensive output. Rather have it that way than Alonso constantly roaming around the edge of the box. This squad has many problems but Azpi is not one of them. 

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His crosses are the same as before, I think, thing is that in 3-4-3 he had MUCH more space to make them. In that setup he had WB (Moses) and RAM (Pedro/Willian) occupying the opposition. Now, he is second on the line, and they are marking him much more tightly.

Crossing from the wing positions takes more than just good cross. You gotta get in good position for cross with good pace/dribbling, and Azpi hasn't got much of that, unfortunately...

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