The main points for me were -
1. The following team was missing -
Kelly Agger Coates Johnson
Henderson Gerrard Downing
Borini Carroll Suarez
Most of the above would start ahead of those who played except for Enrique, Skrtel and Lucas.
2. There was a clear system and strategy, more than we have had in a very long time. 4-3-3, pass and move, press high up, keep the ball, no hoofing.
3. Some of the younger players, who rearly get a chance to impress did well including Pacheco, Ibe, Sama, Sterling, Morgan. However they have a lot to
learn also. Shelvey, on the other hand, looked like an old head.
4. The formation was text book, and in the real world of the premier league will need to be more flexible. But right now this is about education. The midfield 3 are very narrow, with 1 defensive playing behind 2 attacking. The defensive midfielder is absolutely key. He is the playmaker, the one almost all the play flow through (think Xavi). Lucas would be the obvious choice for us. Allen can play that role also.
5. Toronto managed to open us up a few times using a more direct approach. This is something we will have to work on, not allowing the opposition to break. When you press high up the pitch, you obviously leave gaps in defence. The key to covering this is not allowing the long pass to be made.