Christiansen saying that the game away at Brentford is a “must win” is a statement he can’t take back and it piles the pressure on himself and on his team, something they already have plenty of given recent results and performances. After saying that, what if we don’t win?
Personally I always like to stay positive but things can wind me up and what Christiansen is saying before and after games is starting to do that. Instead of owning up and saying his tactics and style of play hasn’t been working he says it is, he backs that up by saying things like, “if we score first we will win games” and then 24 hours later we score first, and lose. These sorts of things make or break a head-coach when they are losing on the pitch and Garry Monk was the same. The piss-poor pressers where he said we played well and deserved something from the game after being outplayed and out-thought for 90+ minutes just wound fans up and we don’t want to hear it. It goes to show how upset fans are that most pointed the finger at TC despite the horrific decision by the referee which cost us the game.
By saying Brentford is a “must win” he really has to go and win it now, if he had just said the performance had to be better that would have done. If we lose on Saturday, which in the scheme of things isn’t unrealistic at all the question will be asked directly after the game, probably by the Leeds-based media, “What now?” I don’t understand why he has said this and made it such a tough game for the players to deal with, as if the opposition and current form isn’t enough to contend with. He should just look at himself and make some changes, show he isn’t just a head-coach who is stubborn and doesn’t think there is anything wrong with his tactics and style, because his style at the minute is simple, losing.
I want Christiansen to turn this around, he was like a breath of fresh air at the start of the season but recently many have turned on him and are already calling for his head. starting again isn’t the answer for me but he 100% has to learn from his mistakes, something he hasn’t done at all, and doesn’t seem to have acknowledged at all if we are brutally honest. For his sake he needs this win on Saturday, in a game where a draw wouldn’t have been a bad result he now has to win. With Wolves and Aston Villa coming up in the next few weeks, along with the in-form Middlesbrough he has some huge games coming up and picking up points will be tougher than any other spell this season. A huge game at Brentford is now even bigger with Thomas Christiansen’s statement.