The defeat to Arsenal at the weekend continues to dominate the headlines today and after a lacklustre display, Tim Sherwood found himself having to defend his tactics and his formation. Reports point to the opposition exploiting our 4-4-2 but when questioned on the subject, the Head Coach claimed we were far less rigid than some were suggesting.
“I didn’t see us playing 4-4-2,” Sherwood said.
“We just had 11 numbers on the field and tried to rotate and fill up every area of the field. I don’t know what you are saying about 4-4-2.
“We played with two recognised strikers, but Adebayor dropped deep into that area and picked up the ball.
“Our wide players funnelled in. I don’t think we were ever two players in midfield. When the ball was on the right, Christian Eriksen tucked across into the middle.”
Tim went on to defend 4-4-2 as a concept, citing Manchester United’s success as a reason for persevering with it and most, if not all of us were calling for a more attacking formation under AVB. At home against sides such as Stoke it’s clearly a logical move but are there occasions when the new head coach should be a little more conservative?