Originally Posted by Feņa14
You can see it both ways I suppose
we beat Arsenal and Tottenham in our derby games so far with one striker, and that was Torres! We pressed high up and played great in both games, without a doubt our 2 best performances of the year i'd say.
I wonder what Ross thinks of the bolder, 4-4-2 approach, it's a shame the sending off meant we couldn't see a whole 90 minutes of it to see if it's something that can work. Maybe playing Dempsey just off Defoe in a 4-4-1-1 would be a good compromise
It's a huge irony of course that all of us who wanted the dreaded 4-4-2 dispensed with (as favoured majorly by Redknapp) this season, were, come the Arsenal game, begging for AVB to go 4-4-2.
The sending off massively changed it up (the one team you don't want to be down to 10 men against is Arsenal), but, as others have noted, Spurs were looking pretty damn good prior to Ade's red card.
That said, with eleven players on the pitch, we've looked pretty damn good plenty of times this season for half a match or so, only to become utterly over-run. AVB's tactics and substitutions have to also be questioned somewhat.
Ultimately 4-4-2 isn't what I want to see, but, for now and minus the players we need to achieve something Porto-like or whatever, we'll accept anything that keeps us in shooting distance of that CL 4th spot.