but I remember BR talking about how his style will keep the team in matches even when they aren't playing well because of the control of the ball and flow of the match. Is that what happened yesterday?
Well Allen was certainly poor. Sahin was nonexistent. We did have a good bit of possession, the problem was our width was offered only between Johnson and Enrique. The attacking 3 just played way too narrow. Ramirez and Mikel sat deep and were destroying whatever came into the center as soon as it did, mainly because our wing backs couldn't beat their men.
Oscar and Mata offer little defensive support so we should have exploited that. Brendan switched to a 4-4-2, or 4-4-1-1, and matching midfielders man for man, we immediately took advantage of that lack of CAM defensive help. This gave us the foothold we needed.
At least that's my two cents and what I observed. It is refreshing though to see Plan B's that work from Brendan. He's proven he's a tactical mastermind, as he's consistently made the changes we've needed during games.