It was a light weekend of action in the EPL, well for me at least. With that comes a new attempt to recap the EPL action. I’m going to **Gasp** break down the tactics. I watched two matches this weekend, at the same time, QPR v Fulham and Manchester United v Sunderland, but mainly I’ll focus on QPR. So lets see if those goes better than Gervinho’s attempts at being a goal scorer.
First thing I notice is Happy Time ‘Arry does not like Granero, probably because he didnt collect a slice of the transfer fee.
4-5-1 with SWP and Mackie on the wings turning to a 4-3-3 on the break. Now the one thing QPR has is an abundance of wingers on the roster. Which makes ‘Arry decision to play narrow rather puzzling, deciding play through the middle with The Rat(Adel Taarabt). Now maybe it’s just me, but I would rather play a wider game, getting the ball out to the wings, and having them cross in balls to the six yard box. Force the Keeper and defenders to make a decision.
Great example of this comes from the other match I was watching, United/Sunderland. SAF comes out in a 4-4-2, with two wingers in Young and Valencia. Their center midfielders job is to get the ball out wide to Young and Valencia who then cross the ball or give it to Evra or Rafael on the overlap who then cross it in. It’s a a tried and true tactic that has led to a few titles for SAF. You look at two of the goals from this game, they come from playing it out wide and crossing it in.
Now playing through the middle isnt bad, it works, but usually you need a top flight midfielder, like Xavi, Iniesta, Pirlo or Michael Carrick. You need to have the right spacing, you need the Triangles.
What you get from QPR is The Rat dribbling, dribbling, dribbling, then a dumpster fire. 40th minute was the first time QPR crossed the ball in. Next cross didnt occur until the 60th minute, Cisse rattled the crossbar with a header. But by then The Rat had stuck with a shitty deflected goal. Ten minutes later The Rat had a sensational run through the middle, and scored a wonder goal. So what the fuck do I know?
Well this was rather dreadful to write, like a Fellaini blow to the head. So there will be none of this anymore. Back to bad puns and boob pics.
What to Watch For
- The End of the World is upon us, so there’s that.
- Really, it’s the Rapture. So you know, stock up on Twinkies
- WAIT WHAT? WHERE’S ALL THE TWINKIES
- Roll Tide
- Also Season 7 of Dexter was just this