As mentioned in the review of the Arsenal game, there's no shame in losing to a team of that calibre but it certainly felt like a flat performance with pretty much ever player (even Leon) guilty of some poor passing.
This season has seen a progression for Swansea in pretty much every area which can be seen in the fact that there are far more options available and the team seems less fixed to 'Plan A'.
I understand the mantra of 'Pick your best 11 and let the opposition worry about you' but I get the feeling that Laudrup takes a far more pragmatic approach and tailors the line up for each game with Swansea having 3 main strategies (albeit largely still based around 4-2-3-1 of some shape or form):
|Option 1 - Essentially playing with Britton/Ki/De Guzman in midfield with Michu as lone striker. Against Arsenal Ki was the furthest forward of the 3. This is the most defensive line-up of the three.|
|Option 2 - Playing all 3 of Dyer/Pablo/Routledge. This is the most exciting option to watch but usually kept for playing against teams where a win is 'expected'|
Comparing some of the stats of the two teams, the one that struck me the most was the clear chance conversion (a clear cut chance is where the player would be expected to score), overall Swansea's in higher largely down to the hugely different figures of Adebayor and Michu:
|Clear Cut Chances by Player - Michu's rate will be hard to repeat again next season, Graham's relatively disappointing figures are actually pretty similar to last year when he scored 7 of 22 clear cut chances (32%)|
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