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New England Revolution vs. New York City FC
Saturday, September 19th 4:30 ET
Gilette Stadium
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Soccer on Rosh Hashanah.
 
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In terms of replacing Sands I think we either see:

1) Acevedo straight swap for Sands

2) Ring moves to Sands position, Deila puts someone on the LW that also would play defense (i.e. not Mitrita)
 
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In terms of replacing Sands I think we either see:

1) Acevedo straight swap for Sands

2) Ring moves to Sands position, Deila puts someone on the LW that also would play defense (i.e. not Mitrita)
I think we will see Rocha in for Sands. with a Medina-Rocha-Parks midfield. GMS, Heber, Ring up top, much like we saw vs Cinci when maxi was injured.
Back line just like vs Cinci.

I don't think Ronny is too keen on Nico as a starter and I don't think he knows his players enough to put anyone but Ring on the LW. I'm guessing his thought process is "this is what has been working, so I will stick with it". I would much prefer to see Ring in the midfield with Parks and Nico. Taty-Heber-Isi up top would be super dangerous. Mitri for Taty or Isi would work too, but that's obviously not going to happen.

I am looking forward to Ronny driving us all completely mad with his inept player selection.
 

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...someone on the LW that also would play defense (i.e. not Mitrita)
I feel like an insane person, because the last time Treats started I found myself impressed with how much defensive work he was doing.

Also, as the coach, shouldn't Deila be able to say "I need you to track back and defend more"? rather than playing a goddamned CDM at LW?
 
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I feel like an insane person, because the last time Treats started I found myself impressed with how much defensive work he was doing.

Also, as the coach, shouldn't Deila be able to say "I need you to track back and defend more"? rather than playing a goddamned CDM at LW?
I feel like there's some hidden animosity there. You'd think that a manager and player who communicate and get along would be able to sit down and have this type of discussion. It is the manager's job to get the best out of his players and that includes man management. This feels like a Bale situation.

Mitri started out not defending in the beginning under Dome as well, but as the season went on, he was much, much better about tracking back on defense. I firmly believe this has a lot to do with being FIT, which will only happen if he gets game time, and feeling comfortable in a system so that he knows what he is supposed to do (which also requires game time). Either way, if he doesn't play him then Mitri has no opportunity to show Ronny that he can play defense and that is the biggest problem, imho.
 
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I think we will see Rocha in for Sands. with a Medina-Rocha-Parks midfield. GMS, Heber, Ring up top, much like we saw vs Cinci when maxi was injured.
Back line just like vs Cinci.

I don't think Ronny is too keen on Nico as a starter and I don't think he knows his players enough to put anyone but Ring on the LW. I'm guessing his thought process is "this is what has been working, so I will stick with it". I would much prefer to see Ring in the midfield with Parks and Nico. Taty-Heber-Isi up top would be super dangerous. Mitri for Taty or Isi would work too, but that's obviously not going to happen.

I am looking forward to Ronny driving us all completely mad with his inept player selection.
Trust me, Deila being the coach that he is, we’ll end up seeing Heber play RB, Chanot CF and Tinnerholm between the sticks.
 

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I feel like an insane person, because the last time Treats started I found myself impressed with how much defensive work he was doing.

Also, as the coach, shouldn't Deila be able to say "I need you to track back and defend more"? rather than playing a goddamned CDM at LW?

Not alot of defense, but he was pretty good on offense and combined very well.
 
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Not alot of defense, but he was pretty good on offense and combined very well on defense.
I was watching some highlights from last year and seeing Mitri work so hard on offense AND defense really made me angry that he wasn't getting much playing time. I really think he's the type of player who needs to warm up. He's not going to go 200% from the start. As much as I hope Ronny comes to his senses and plays the right players, I don't think it's going to happen. The team continues to win so there won't be any changes by the club.
 

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I was watching some highlights from last year and seeing Mitri work so hard on offense AND defense really made me angry that he wasn't getting much playing time. I really think he's the type of player who needs to warm up. He's not going to go 200% from the start. As much as I hope Ronny comes to his senses and plays the right players, I don't think it's going to happen. The team continues to win so there won't be any changes by the club.
Excuse my typo, he did not play any defense. My video had every defense action, and it was like 1-2 plays the whole half.
 

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Have we gotten any word on Matarrita? I don't recall seeing exactly what his injury was or how long he'd be out.
I think, but don't quote me, but I think YES said it was a calf injury suffered in training and that it wasn't serious. I'm shocked we haven't gotten an update on Maxi yet. Anyone know when Deila talks to the media this week?
 
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I think, but don't quote me, but I think YES said it was a calf injury suffered in training and that it wasn't serious. I'm shocked we haven't gotten an update on Maxi yet. Anyone know when Deila talks to the media this week?
ronny usually gives the media their dismissive answers and excuses the day before. so we'll probably see a "preview" tomorrow.
 
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Matarrita is one of the biggest social media posters on the team and he's been relatively quiet this week. This makes me think the injury is a bit more severe.
 
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The Post has a story on Mitriță’s lack of playing time: Why is Alexandru Mitrita the odd man out under Ronny Deila? (9/17)
While former coach Domenec Torrent was happy for him to play in a more free role, Deila doesn’t see it that way.
The article compares his touches in the box compared to Medina with heat maps (and the past/present preferences of Dome allowing Mitriță to roam, but Deila asking him to get in the box) and their defensive work rate as some of you already mentioned.
Finishes:
Does Deila really want to risk alienating one of his more talented players in favor of a system that has provided mixed results so far? Medina may have the better work rate, but he also has just five goal contributions in his last 29 league appearances. Sometimes, it is actually as simple as putting your best players on the field.
 

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The Post has a story on Mitriță’s lack of playing time: Why is Alexandru Mitrita the odd man out under Ronny Deila? (9/17)

The article compares his touches in the box compared to Medina with heat maps (and the past/present preferences of Dome allowing Mitriță to roam, but Deila asking him to get in the box) and their defensive work rate as some of you already mentioned.
Finishes:
Does Neymar play in the middle or defend well? No. But you put your best players on the field!
 

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I remember there was a stretch last year when Dome kept subbing out Mitrita, often for no obvious tactical or injury reasons. I remember he went a long stretch of not playing 90' in a single match. I figured he had to be more a a man management thing than a game management thing. He had been underperforming up to that point before he eventually started showing some consistent flashes of his abilities later in the year.

It may not be the best way to handle things, but you gotta be concerned that two managers have had issues with Mitrita.
 
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