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Re: Moussa Diaby - Confirmed
« Reply #600 on: November 27, 2023, 04:53:18 PM »
I suspect he was selected in the 10 role because we wanted that extra pace to use against their high line, but the reality is he just didn't see much of the ball at all and he wasn't deep enough to help stop them overrunning us in the middle.  It turns out a deeper 10, in Tielemens, made all the difference to our attempts to keep the ball and control the game for periods in the second half.  It doesn't make him a bad player, I just think the set-up wasn't right yesterday and he was exposed by the opposition because of it.

For yesterday in particular I think he got his positioning wrong. The 2 main things to note about how Spurs play this season are:

The fullbacks get high and break inside the wingers (inverted fullbacks as the nerds like to say).
They then find these players by hitting long diagonals from the centre backs and DM to the wingers and then looking immediately to feed the fullbacks in the 'half space'.

To counter that what Diaby should have been doing is dropping onto the shoulder of the DM when they had the ball (to take him out of the game) and then breaking to either wing as soon as we turned over possession as that was where the space was. In reality he played too high and didn't get wide enough.

We fixed it by putting Tielemans on top of the DM and having Bailey break quickly right out on the wing (and McGinn pushed wide faster on the left as well) which left them struggling with their defensive positions and could easily have created a few more goals for us but for a bit of inaccuracy.
Also not helped by Cash getting caught in no mans land when we were with and without the ball.

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Re: Moussa Diaby - Confirmed
« Reply #601 on: November 27, 2023, 05:08:14 PM »
I feel for him a bit at the moment, as he doesn't look especially happy. Hope he's settling in generally OK, as we've seen just how good he can be.

It is quite frustrating to watch an individual seemingly not having a great time when collectively we're doing amazing. At least the results are going our way which gives any players not enjoying it time to sort it out, whatever that entails. The fans aren't likely to be getting on his back any time soon.

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Re: Moussa Diaby - Confirmed
« Reply #602 on: November 27, 2023, 05:26:22 PM »
I suspect he was selected in the 10 role because we wanted that extra pace to use against their high line, but the reality is he just didn't see much of the ball at all and he wasn't deep enough to help stop them overrunning us in the middle.  It turns out a deeper 10, in Tielemens, made all the difference to our attempts to keep the ball and control the game for periods in the second half.  It doesn't make him a bad player, I just think the set-up wasn't right yesterday and he was exposed by the opposition because of it.

For yesterday in particular I think he got his positioning wrong. The 2 main things to note about how Spurs play this season are:

The fullbacks get high and break inside the wingers (inverted fullbacks as the nerds like to say).
They then find these players by hitting long diagonals from the centre backs and DM to the wingers and then looking immediately to feed the fullbacks in the 'half space'.

To counter that what Diaby should have been doing is dropping onto the shoulder of the DM when they had the ball (to take him out of the game) and then breaking to either wing as soon as we turned over possession as that was where the space was. In reality he played too high and didn't get wide enough.

We fixed it by putting Tielemans on top of the DM and having Bailey break quickly right out on the wing (and McGinn pushed wide faster on the left as well) which left them struggling with their defensive positions and could easily have created a few more goals for us but for a bit of inaccuracy.
Also not helped by Cash getting caught in no mans land when we were with and without the ball.

Indeed, I've said that elsewhere, but this is specifically why Diaby had a poor game.

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Re: Moussa Diaby - Confirmed
« Reply #603 on: November 29, 2023, 12:39:57 PM »
Mousa needs a goal or two soon.

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Re: Moussa Diaby - Confirmed
« Reply #604 on: November 30, 2023, 10:55:36 PM »
Mousa needs a goal or two soon.

Good timing for him to get one. Could have got a second tonight almost the same as the first.

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Re: Moussa Diaby - Confirmed
« Reply #605 on: November 30, 2023, 11:00:08 PM »
Mousa needs a goal or two soon.

And another s.

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Re: Moussa Diaby - Confirmed
« Reply #606 on: November 30, 2023, 11:11:18 PM »
Hopefully that goal boosts his confidence which has been a bit low in recent weeks . Lovely goal though he had lots of space to plant it.

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Re: Moussa Diaby - Confirmed
« Reply #607 on: December 08, 2023, 11:10:25 PM »
From Saturday's Guardian - a bit long for some I guess?

Moussa Diaby: ‘Kylian Mbappé told me I had to use my speed’

Forward rejected a lucrative offer from Saudi Arabia to become Aston Villa’s record signing and is now shining under Unai Emery.

Wherever Moussa Diaby plays for Aston Villa, he carries happy memories of his childhood on his back. He wears the No 19 shirt, a nod to the 19th arrondissement of Paris, the place he called home as a boy raised in the north-east of the city. “I like the number because I want to show my friends and my family there that I’m always thinking about them,” he says. “I have to say thank you to this arrondissement because I grew up with a lot of people who continue to follow and support me. That is why I will never forget this area.”

It is a shirt number he has worn since joining the then Serie A side Crotone on loan from Paris Saint-Germain as a teenager. He took it at Bayer Leverkusen, where he announced himself as one of the most exciting emerging talents, prompting Villa to make him their record signing in the summer. At PSG, however, the club he joined aged 13, there was a minor hurdle. “I think Lassana Diarra, a big player who also played for Real Madrid, had the No 19,” Diaby says, breaking into a smile. “I was only young and I couldn’t talk about swapping numbers … I just wanted to play.”

As a child, one of 10 siblings of Malian descent, the prospect of playing for PSG on the European stage felt a distant dream. “A little bit difficult, but not impossible,” he says. Until Diaby was invited to be a ballboy at Parc des Princes for a game against Lille aged 15, he had never set foot inside a major stadium.

That prompted Diaby and his France teammate Youssouf Fofana, who grew up in the same district, to invite children from their old neighbourhood to their Europa League playoff matches in Leverkusen and Monaco, their respective clubs, in February. Diaby, Fofana and the Marseille midfielder Amine Harit grew up around the corner from each other and played for Esperance Paris 19eme, where Diaby’s coach was his longtime adviser, Losseni Sy. “We tried to invite as many kids as possible,” says Diaby. “It was nice because when we were in this area, no one came to invite us to watch a game like this. If I can give something back to the area and the kids, I will do it. It is good for the kids, because you can dream.”

That determination has fuelled a rise that has shown no sign of stopping since Diaby arrived at Villa Park, which is proving quite the fortress. On Wednesday, Villa gave Manchester City a bloody nose, overwhelming the champions to extend their winning home run to 14 matches – equalling a record they last managed in 1930-31 – and leading Pep Guardiola to declare Villa title contenders. On Saturday, Unai Emery’s side welcome the league leaders, Arsenal, whose visit should provide third-placed Villa with a sense of their ceiling – if, indeed, there is one. Beyond domestic matters, they are favourites to win the Europa Conference League and, in the back of Diaby’s mind, he knows a strong finish to this season could pave the way to earning a hotly contested spot in France’s Euro 2024 squad.

It was in the diverse, inner-city surrounds of the French capital, near Rue du Maroc, where Diaby honed his skills. At the local park he would also play futsal, basketball and volleyball. There were plenty of distractions, too. “I did good things and not-so-good things,” he says, grinning. “I went outside without my parents, I would say I’m going to a friend’s but I would stay outside and play with my friends … I cannot say everything.” There arrives again that broad smile.

For Diaby, there is a need for speed. He considers his most obvious attribute innate but it is one he has learned to harness – with a little help from Kylian Mbappé. “He wants to win everything – even in [PSG] training, he always wanted to score. He told me: ‘You have to use your speed.’ I tried to use his advice and I have improved. You have to learn when you need to use it. The older you get, the more you know your body and mind. He helped me with my positioning and also to give me confidence to attack with my quality … I think we have similar qualities, with our pace.” Who is quicker? “Him,” Diaby snaps back, laughing.

Diaby has certainly hit the ground running at Villa. He scored the first of his four goals for the club on debut at Newcastle and registered his fourth assist by expertly supplying Ollie Watkins for a 90th-minute equaliser at Bournemouth last weekend. Diaby, who has settled with his young family in Sutton Coldfield, concedes he knew little about Villa before signing but his compatriots Lucas Digne and Boubacar Kamara offered him a potted history of sorts.

Diaby is self-deprecating about his English but he completes this 40-minute interview without a hiccup. Digne, Clément Lenglet and the Belgium midfielder Youri Tielemans, who speaks French, can help translate at training if required. “I watched the Premier League before I came here and I saw the intensity of the game and the [physical] contact. I wanted to show I can fight with big players in this league. It is not easy. You have to be focused and ready to work every day.”

Diaby goes back a few years with the Villa manager, Emery. It was Emery who called him up to train with the PSG first-team squad during an international break while the forward was a raw 18-year-old in the academy. In his first season as a professional he was surrounded by stars: Mbappé, Neymar, Marco Verratti, Thiago Silva and Marquinhos. Then came Gianluigi Buffon. PSG’s cast list has changed a little since but Emery remains as demanding as ever.

“If you score five goals in a game, he will say you need to score six in the next one,” Diaby says. “He is not hard on the players but he tries to push you all the time. He wants you to give your best every time. We can learn a lot from the coach.”

The 24-year-old had two choices in July: sign up to Emery’s Villa revolution or join Cristiano Ronaldo at the Saudi Pro League side Al-Nassr, who matched Villa’s €60m bid. Diaby is one of few players known to have rejected a lucrative move to the Gulf.

“I decided to come here for the project. I spoke with the coach and that’s why I wanted to come here. I also wanted to play in the Premier League because I never had before. In terms of Saudi, I spoke with my agent and my family but my first idea was to come here because I wanted to play against big teams and everybody knows the Premier League is the best league in the world.”

It is also Diaby’s route back to the biggest stage. Villa, who finished seventh last season, have not hidden their desire to break into the top four this campaign. Emery spelled out his desire to elevate Villa into Europe’s elite as part of his sales pitch. Put to Diaby that others in Villa’s position might prefer to pour cold water on in-house targets at every opportunity, his response is telling. “When you have confidence, you can talk about everything,” he says. “If you want to go into the top four, you have to have confidence in your teammates and coaches. I think this team can fight for the top four and to play in the Champions League next season.”

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Re: Moussa Diaby - Confirmed
« Reply #608 on: December 14, 2023, 10:56:20 PM »
Pretty anonymous again tonight. Not sure we are playing to his obvious speed strength. He looks uncomfortable playing in tight areas as his feet aren't that good , we need to be giving this guy balls to run onto . Also his confidence looks shot , that air shot in the first half summed it all up.

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Re: Moussa Diaby - Confirmed
« Reply #609 on: December 15, 2023, 12:01:57 AM »
Pretty anonymous again tonight. Not sure we are playing to his obvious speed strength. He looks uncomfortable playing in tight areas as his feet aren't that good , we need to be giving this guy balls to run onto . Also his confidence looks shot , that air shot in the first half summed it all up.
Truthfully most of them weren't very good tonight

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« Reply #610 on: December 15, 2023, 12:23:23 AM »
Pretty anonymous again tonight. Not sure we are playing to his obvious speed strength. He looks uncomfortable playing in tight areas as his feet aren't that good , we need to be giving this guy balls to run onto . Also his confidence looks shot , that air shot in the first half summed it all up.
Truthfully most of them weren't very good tonight
Very lacklustre but obviously played in 1st gear.

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Re: Moussa Diaby - Confirmed
« Reply #611 on: December 15, 2023, 12:46:20 AM »
Is he unhappy? He seems a bit sad. Maybe he'll cheer up over Christmas if he fires us into first place.

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Re: Moussa Diaby - Confirmed
« Reply #612 on: December 15, 2023, 07:06:12 AM »
On the basis that in his very short time at the club we’ve seen how talented and effective he is. I’m pretty sure it’s a form and confidence dip, which is entirely understandable. It happens.

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Re: Moussa Diaby - Confirmed
« Reply #613 on: December 15, 2023, 08:16:15 AM »
He's such a good player.

I'd like him to be more direct because he has all the attributes.

Just wait until he fully adapts to the Premier League. Defences are in for a torrid time

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Re: Moussa Diaby - Confirmed
« Reply #614 on: December 15, 2023, 09:10:53 AM »
Not impressed of late .

 


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