The team isn’t perfect, but we’re going along nicely so far.
Pep Clotet has been in the job for three months now, and despite having his hands tied somewhat with the club’s financial situation, he’s got off to a pretty decent start, as the Blues currently sit eighth in the table.
Speaking in his press conference yesterday, Clotet spoke about how the players are growing together whilst still managing to put some points on the board:
“We’re taking the right steps on the pitch. We’re getting better as we continue to play together and I’m very happy to be part of it and will continue to help and support them. They have confidence, but they’re not over-confident or complacent. Confidence plays a big part in it and I’m very happy that the players have managed to get a lot of points on the board while we are in this process of growing. The Club has made clear they want to evolve the way of playing and we are making sure that we are developing a methodology that can achieve that. But those things take a lot of time.”
And this is exactly the kind of point that I have been raising for the past couple of weeks. Seeing as the majority of Blues fans aren’t expecting too much to come from this season, this season needs to be more about developing the team and letting Clotet implement his style of play into the team.
Next year we can readdress things and maybe start talking about moving up the table when the burden of Financial Fair Play isn’t hovering over us as much as this season. So long as we steer clear of any relegation battles, and given the start to the season I don’t see any reason we should be at the latter stages of the season, then fans should just sit back and watch the season unfold without getting too anxious.
What about you? Are you happy with the progress that the team have been making? Or do you think there’s still a lot more to come from them?