Dante wrote: ↑
Fri May 18, 2018 11:10 am
For me it was a largely successful, if frustrating season. 81 points is a decent amount. It's our highest total in the post Fergie era, and an amount that has won the league before, albeit less often than higher totals.
Defensively, we're actually ok.
We could improve (Bailly being fit would make a huge difference to this), but it's not where we suffer the most. We need to score more. Of the seven defeats we suffered in the league, we failed to score in five of them, and four of those games were only lost 1-0. You won't win the league losing seven games. If we had turned one of those defeats into a win, and another into a draw, that's more into title territory.
What was more disappointing was the European Cup run. After breezing past the group stage, we were frankly awful against Sevilla across both legs and were deservedly eliminated. We need to play a more expansive game in general, but especially in Europe.
City's record breaking season has made ours look worse in comparison, but it represents a big move forward for us, and we can improve further from here. I don't think City will have a season like this again, so next year will be tighter.
How do you work that one out ?
28 goals against doesn't sound a lot I'll agree, but when you lose 1-0 to the likes of West Brom and Huddersfield I don't understand how anyone can say that we are 'OK defensively' if we didn't have De Gea you could add at least another 20 goals to that against figure.
The same goes for the attack, in the top six, only Chelsea scored less than us, Liverpol scored 84 and were six goals better than us on GD.
We paid over £76m for Lukaku, 16 league goals and 7 assists, average 179mins per goal that nearly 1 every two games. Include his cup games and it makes them only slightly better 151 mins per goal.
After spending another £148m on players during the close season, and swapping Mikhitaryan out half way through, please enlighten me how this season can be considered 'largely successful'
I hate to say it, City are now the benchmark, to outplay them means you probably have to outspend them, or stop losing in games that we should win. We need to look over our shoulders, I have a feeling that Liverpool will improve again, if they win the CL, then they will have their tails up.