That was a strange ending to the game. Can’t understand why they didn’t push forward to test us.
All in all that wasn’t a great performance, despite a better second half. And it wasn’t really much of an improvement, if any, over last season. We were beaten comprehensively twice by PSG. Our Bayern home performance was good but not better than our game against Man City at home last year. Our away performance against Bayern was poor enough. Our away win against Anderlecht was a terrific result and a strong performance after a shaky start but it wasn’t much better than our draw in Germany last year.
I think we’re still a long way short of being competitive at that level, or in the Europa League after Christmas.
Boyata isn’t really good enough to be one of the back four but we’re screwed without him. Simunovic has his off days but he was good tonight and can play a bit of football and has the potential to be very good if he can stay injury free.
Brown remains our most consistent midfielder, despite more errors in Europe than in the league (it’s almost like there’s a difference in standard). McGregor is generally comfortable, Armstrong more inconsistent. Rogic is good enough for qualifying rounds but that’s his limit. He’s not quick enough or strong enough by the time it’s CL Group stages and he doesn’t work hard enough, nor seem to understand his role well enough.
Sinclair is a particular disappointment but he has the talent. Not sure the changes in formation have suited him and Tierney isn’t as strong going forward in Europe (understandably) so he gets more attention but he needs to rediscover his form.
In summary: we’re crying out for a centre back and we don’t have a viable attacking #10 at this level because Sinclair can’t play there, Rogic isn’t good enough and Armstrong and McGregor are only really useful playing that role more defensively.