Pep Clotet has been speaking about how Birmingham City need to find a balance between attack and defence, as shown on the club’s official channels.
Having lost the last game 3-0 against Swansea City, after suffering defeat in their previous two away games by the same scoreline against Portsmouth and Nottingham Forest, it is clear that something needs to change.
The manager has had his say on what he feels that is:
@pepclotet says “it is important that we find the balance of players who have defensive talent and offensive talent, it is about getting the right mix.”
— Birmingham City FC (@BCFC) August 29, 2019
However, there are many bluenoses who aren’t buying this, with the feeling among some being that his system is too defence-minded – something which clearly hasn’t paid dividends away from home.
Blues have often played with a back five this campaign, with a midfield three, two of which are usually sitting.
This can make it hard to get up the pitch, as highlighted by the fact Birmingham didn’t get a single shot on target against Swansea, as per WhoScored.
There is hope for Clotet though, as his side are unbeaten at home, having defeated Barnsley and drawn against Bristol City, so with Saturday’s game against Stoke City being at St. Andrew’s, he will be determined to ensure Blues get a win that can help bring some fans back onside.
A selection of Twitter reaction to Clotet’s comments, including posts from disgruntled Birmingham fans, can be seen below:
I want him gone.
— Webby74 (@KingsHeathBlues) August 29, 2019
— Lee W1875 (@LeeW1875) August 29, 2019
— Smithy (@deansmith1975) August 29, 2019
Talks the talk but don’t walk the walk
— Nathan Gould (@gpulds) August 29, 2019
Something you haven’t managed to do so far
— Tom (@BluesTom__) August 29, 2019
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So playing 5 at the back and 2 defensive midfielders is obviously not the right mix!
— George Parker (@georgeyp28) August 29, 2019