You are Brighton, you aren't going to win the League, playing prettier football maybe the only thing that makes you wanna watch, being hideously mundane not really a selling point.It's quite funny how Chris Houghton got them promoted and kept them up for two season but the second was a struggle so he was sacked. This wally was given a six year contract because he plays prettier football yet they've been near the bottom throughout. To only be four points above the relegation zone is quite an achievement given how terrible the bottom three have been.
I guess when I say nice is that they 'try to play football the right way' . Interesting you mention Man City - many say how good a team they are to watch but there are other sides I prefer watching in all honesty. Personally I'd prefer watching a side that counter attacks at pace then a side that dominates through ball posession but I am not your typical fan eitherHonestly I think Brighton play kinda crappy football. Solid defensive structure coupled with a slow build-up. It's very Van Gaalish, and a bit like the current City side.
They're just pretty obviously a good side on a run of bad luck and poor finishing. It happens, sometimes the 10th best team in the league is in 16th after 25 games. Whereas under Hughton they were total ****, very lucky to stay up.
Maybe luck isn't the right word. Finishing is a skill, but it also mean reverts *extremely* strongly. So the performance of teams that miss lots of chances almost always improves over time, and the performance of teams that don't make many chances almost always gets worse over time, even if they're taking a lot of their chances.I'm not sure on the bad luck either - finishing chances is a skill just like creating chances and having the characteristics to defend well.
They've never been the most clinical of teams with their chances even before this season in PL - every season they've underperformed their xG - worst side that stayed up last season in terms of underperforming xG and worst side overall this year. I do question at which point with these group of players does it become an issue that they look like a good side but don't get the results of a good side. It's easier to understand if it was just 7/8 games but for a side to be like this for an extended period of time makes it harder to understand. Although I guess the argument against that would be Liverpool who outperformed their xG massively last year, only minimally underperforming it this year and we see the difference it is making to their fortunes this year.Maybe luck isn't the right word. Finishing is a skill, but it also mean reverts *extremely* strongly. So the performance of teams that miss lots of chances almost always improves over time, and the performance of teams that don't make many chances almost always gets worse over time, even if they're taking a lot of their chances.
Also it's not just that they're finishing poorly. Their opponents are finishing ridiculously well. When you keep Benteke to one shot you're usually pretty safe!