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I think it’s a bit misleading to treat the end of season results as part of the same run as this season. But throughout that sequence we’ve been a bit lucky. We are still very open and take a lot of risks in possession.
Btw I totally agree that we’ve improved defensively since the derby.
But being the only PL team with 2 consecutive clean sheets is NOT because we have a manager who is prioritising strong defensive performances and has created an innovative setup that is ahead of what other teams are doing. It’s more a case of tightening up, reasonable fixtures, and a bit of luck.
Given the length of the run, that would seem to be a hell of a lot of luck then!
i appreciate we had a good spell at the end of last season but Marco is a high variance manager so we shouldn’t get carried away about a string of good luck.
If Allardyce has this record you’d know it’s deliberate and worth studying but if Silva was trying to keep clean sheets above all else he’d have a different set up.
2 clean sheets against mid table sides is a decent effort but hardly demonstrates that we’re defensive pioneers
...top-notch article in the Echo: