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It’s the first game of new era under Ralf Rangnick. That means one thing is certain to happen – an increase in pressing from the front. Another thing that should take place will be people commenting on how Cristiano Ronaldo is applying himself to this line of thought and how it’s incredible that one of the best players of all-time can somehow adapt in a game he’s very good at. Yawn!
But, he’ll probably find the net and we’ll seecountless column inches dedicated to the nonsense of him flourishing under Rangnick, as if he wouldn’t flourish under my uncle Tom who just likes a pint and a sit-down.
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While I am adamant that Leeds will win enough games to avoid a relegation scrap and I do believe Brentford’s commitment to a particular brand of expansive football will see them struggle, but I’m happy enough to suggest we haven’t reached that stage yet.
Right now, the only sides to have scored fewer home goals in the league than Leeds are Wolves and Norwich. They’re not carving teams open the way they used to because teams are now expecting the ad-hoc madcap nature of their style of play.
Brentford’s away record is what keeps them surprising people on the contrary. They’ve netted more away goals than nine of the 10 bottom half sides, and scored just one fewer than Spurs and Arsenal combined.
Antonio Conte’s first job is to make them solid and rely on the magic of Harry Kane and Son Heung-min to produce. It’s the formula that worked for seven weeks under Jose Mourinho and whether we like it or not, it’s probably the way forward.
Norwich haven’t reached peak desperation levels yet and so they’re not going all-out to win games, so they’ll avoid being thumped in the process of chasing a result. Expect them to go very rigid and not allow Son time and space in channels where Spurs get most of their goals from. That game against Brentford was the blueprint – tight-knit contests that limit the opposition.
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