With the absence of Diego Fagundez in the middle of the park Saturday, Brad Friedel had to do some shuffling with players. In addition, he switched up the formation a little: he utilized a 3-5-2 setup, with three in the back; he stressed post-match that he didn’t change the philosophy of high pressing. That meant an extra midfielder.
Generally, a left back in many of the alignments chosen by Friedel and former managers Jay Heaps and Steve Nicol, playing as a wingback is something Tierney has wanted to do for some time; who doesn’t like to set up a goal, or score one themselves? He has played up for several minutes in the past, both he and Friedel noted, but not for a full 90 minutes.