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Chripper

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  1. He's the one who came into my thread for one purpose, and that purpose is to troll. Excuse me for giving him a slap.
  2. Oohhhh! A wordsmith! At long last, a worthy adversary....
  3. Barcelona and Real currently have midfielders who can make 5 yard passes and they don't break into a sweat when an opponent is next to them, so if he did join those two, he's be at left back. Do I have to dumb it down for you?
  4. Absolutely spot on. I'd also agree with your midfield line-up in midfield and attacking midfield. I don't care what anyone says, the middle of the park (both defence and midfield and attack) is the most important position on a football pitch. If you control the middle then you'll control the game. We simply are not in a privelaged position to play our best players either at full-back or on the wing. There's no point having players out wide if the players in the middle aren't good enough to feed them. We must play our best players through the middle. Not so ludicrous. He's getting better and better, and his assists are so that it'll be noticed. He made a brilliant tackle on (I think) Messi early on, and now almost an assist.
  5. Chripper

    Ajax

    I know. Everyone in Scottish football must take a share of the blame for not only the state of the Scottish national team, but also the state of Scottish football. If you attend a match below the SPL it's akin to watching a Volleyball match. The lack of basic skill is criminal. I agree with you, if these performance schools can arrest the decline then that'll be great, if not, I can genuinely see Scotland drift towards 100 in the world rankings. Because as it is right now I'm petrified for Scotland meeting any half-decent team.
  6. Chripper

    Ajax

    I'd take the latter. If there was a third choice of "Drawing up a proper blueprint, studying nations like Holland, France, Belgium and Spain on how they train their youth, etc. Then take 2-4 years to implement it. Forcing domestic clubs to play their homegrown players. And then seeing where it takes us" I'd rather take that. We've neglected our young players for too long. I mean, an example of this, Celtic released Andy Robertson as a youth, if it was up to them he would still be shelf-packing. It makes you wonder how many more Andy Robertson's there've been over the last decade or so.
  7. Hamburg and Celtic looking at Livingston keeper Liam Kelly. Kelly has been the best keeper in Scotland this season, the only reason Bain is Scotland No1 is because he's playing with Celtic. If Celtic brought Robert Douglas out of retirement and made him their No1 keeper, he'd be Scotland's number one. Insane.
  8. Chripper

    Ajax

    Nah. The fact that we suck has that effect on me.
  9. When Is the last time we saw Robertson bombing down the left for Scotland? I can't recall it. It would be an issue if we didn't have Tierney, but we do. Most people are saying that he's not had a stand out game for Scotland in so long. There's little difference between the bottom teams of the EPL and the Championship, so yes, I'm sure he could play for a team like Everton or Burnley, etc. Certainly not a top 6 team, though. Robertson is a better player. When I think of McGregor I think of him against PSG when all he did was pass back and dribble towards his own goal. You can say "Oh, it's PSG", but McTominay pretty much bullied Verratti for 90 minutes and drove forward with the ball and wasn't scared. McGregor played like a little frightened mouse, and that's a common thing with most of our players. Playing Tierney at right back negates one of our most potent attacking threats () as he has to check on his left when he wants to cross, which isn't ideal.
  10. Chripper

    Ajax

    Same here. I wish we lives in a world were we had two, or even one class central defender, if we did then I wouldn't hard on about three at the back... but we don't. Even the last time we did have a class center back (Colin Hendry) we still had to play with three. I just want us to be organized and hard to beat, at this moment in time that's all we can aim for.
  11. Chripper

    Ajax

    Yours, too, as I tend to respect everyone's opinion. While I respect the opinion to keep with a back four, I'm baffled with it. Absolutely baffled.
  12. Chripper

    Ajax

    People can cite teams who use 3-5-2 and lost all they want, nothing will ever eclipse our match against Kazakhstan. But no, let's continue with the 4-2-3-1. I mean, we won't meet the might of Kazakhstan every week.....
  13. Chripper

    Ajax

    Watching this match it's enough to make you give up on Scotland entirely. This is a club whose country is only three times larger than ours, and yet they're producing players (De Jong) who are joining Barcelona next season. (De ligt and Van De Beek will also be snapped up by giant teams) These players have thought process so quick that it doesn't even seem human. And as far as their skill and technique go... it's on another world to not just us, but to English EPL players. What are we doing? Producing players who can hold their own in the English Championship. As I said, it's enough to make you give up on Scotland.
  14. Chripper

    Ajax

    0:1 up to Spurs. 72% possession and making Tottenham look like... Scotland. Ajax could actually win the European cup. I haven't seen a team better than them.
  15. No, I wasn't including Fraser or Forrest, just the central midfielders.
  16. Again, if Austria do it with Alaba and Germany do it with Kimmich, why not us? Add in the fact that most of our midfielders play in the English Championship. No one has given a proper answer to this. All I get is "OOooooh! But Chripper, Andy Robertson has 'left back' written on his DNA, we couldn't possible play him elsewhere as it would be against Mother Nature!" And yet people are fine with playing Tierney "out of position" at right back. I don't think people get the irony.
  17. Do you realize our bad our midfielders are? McGinn is Championship standard, so is McLean, as is McDonald, and Shinnie, and McGregor and Christie and Armstrong.
  18. Thank you for bringing that match up! It's people completely forget about it and what system we used. In an ideal world where we had top defenders and top midfielders I would say that we play with a back four, all day long. But we don't. Our defenders haven't been equipped to play in a four since the early 90s. From 95 to now we've only had one central defender that I personally would call top drawer, and that was Colin Hendry. He was a true leader and he pretty much forged his other two center backs into a solid unit... plus what he did with Blackburn was brilliant. Do you remember the play-offs for 2000 when we played England (funnily enough)? The match at Wembley David Beckham was like a second right back as McCann kept pushing him back. On the face of it a 3-5-2 is defensive one, when we get pushed back it's a 5 man defense, but when we push forward we are pretty much attacking with 5/6 players. As you said, and I totally agree, we must play with a 3 against Belgium, and have our players knowing what they're doing. If we don't, if we play with a back four.. the score could get into double figures.
  19. Because they have their shit together when it comes to coaching and facilities.
  20. I know and I know. But most people here don't even want to give it a try. Didn't he say that he's not comfortable with 3-5-2 when McLeish was manager? Yeah. I doubt he'd say someone like that with Klopp at the helm. He's just shut up and buckle down, like he did when Moreno was left back.
  21. That says more about the fact that our midfield made Kazakhstan's midfield look like France's. The fact that Scott McTominay is better than all of the rest of our midfielders combined speaks volumes for their quality.
  22. If a player is top drawer then he'd essentially be able to play anyone. Do you remember when Pirlo broke through at Inter Milan as a number 10? Then a few years down the line AC Milan put him in the anchorman role and he was exceptional. This wouldn't happen in Scotland. We think a player's positional status Is written In their DNA. I also Remember Paul Lambert being a rather decent attacking midfielder with ST Mirren and Motherwell, when he moved to Borussia Dortmund they pretty much instantly saw him as an anchorman, within a season he's holding the European Cup and he was man of the match in the final… and he probably still had Zidane in his pocket when he was having his pre-game shower. Yeah. It's a foolish idea? Yep. That's what Austria think, too. "Alaba is a world class left back, probably the best in the world, so we shouldn't even bother playing him in a position where he's get more of the ball" - Or obviously they didn't think that. You do realize that players haven't got positional identified imprinted on their DNA, right? God didn't write positions on a player's birth certificate. So to suggest that a player, a world class one at that, doesn't have the football intelligence to play more than one position isn't just silly, it's insane. There's parallels between Kimmich (the best right back in the world) and Robertson. Both were wingers as youths, both were played at fullback by their clubs. The only difference s that German fans ad coaches are progressive and they could see that he's equally adept at playing fullback as he is anchorman. Which is why he plays fullback for his club and anchorman for his country. Hell, it would appear that even Austrian fans and coaches are more progressive than ours, as they didn't bat an eyelid when Alaba (one of the best left backs in the world) plays left back all season and shifts into anchorman for his country. There are many reasons why we're lagging in world football, and our stubbornness when it comes to "natural positions" and our obsession with them is one of them. Plus, "is a bizarre thing to do, but it is you, so i shouldn't be surprised" - Really? Personal digs? Personal insults feed my already pump ego, so keep It coming.
  23. You like me, don't you? Thanks for that. You know, the only thing that separated the three really good players of that Dundee United team (Gauld, Robertson and Armstrong) is that Robertson was pretty much the only one who faced adversary and had to take a step back to take two forward. I think it's his mental strength that sets him apart from most Scottish players. I do think we should move either him or Tierney into the anchorman position. I'd trust them in midfield more than I would Christie, McGregor, McGinn, etc.
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