The only positive I can take from Saturday’s game is that we’ve now played each other twice. City and Chelsea still have to visit Anfield. So, fingers crossed.
Football is hugely psychological and no defender is nervous when they are two ahead inside 8 minutes. Even Senderos would feel like Maldini with a 2-goal cushion. Kolo could be as impetuous as he liked and Skrtel had the serenity of a man with with 72 minutes to finish his hat trick. All of a sudden, the erraticism we were most likely to exploit, dissipated. Meanwhile Liverpool’s front five did as they pleased…
The energy of Liverpool’s front 5 destroyed us. With Gerrard anchoring, Coutinho and Henderson were free to harass. Coutinho floated around Arteta and Henderson gravitated towards Sagna/Monreal. There was space in behind this madness, but we didn’t use it…
It’s games like this where we really suffer from Walcott’s absence. His speed would have dissuaded such an aggressive pressing game. It would have also caused their back four to play deeper, freeing up some space in midfield.
Coutinho had his best game so far: technically excellent, as creative a performance as I’ve seen, but with that Brazilian engine. Brazilian footballers tend to be physically gifted. Some develop a fondness for food around thirty, but in the main they have an athleticism that playmakers from other Latin countries lack. (Something to do with Brazil’s genetic diversity?)
So now onto Man United
Sagna Mert Koz Gibbs
Rosicky Ozil Podolski
It seems that Moyes is intent on playing the primitive game. RVP and Rooney are two of the most innovative forwards around and they’re playing like a pair of Darren Bent impersonators.
Against Fulham United had 81 crosses and converted none of them. They scored twice around 80 minutes, before succumbing to Darren Bent (the real one) in the 94th. This apparently took Moyes to ‘a new low’ – which struck me as impressive: the man has had many lows, but retains the presence of mind to quantify them all.
I have no idea how this game will go, a lot hinges on how we’ve recovered mentally. If we play anywhere near our top level then we should win, but how easy is it to reach one’s top level when a thrashing is fresh in the mind? My worry is that Rooney will do his usual thing; playing like a relic from the time these games were more heated. RVP will have the motivation that he has lacked of late. And to top it all off, they might reanimate Fellaini!
On a lighter note: a lighter was thrown at C.Ronaldo in the Madrid derby yesterday evening. Not particularly relevant, just assumed you’d like to know. The commentators called it a ‘missile’, but It looked like a lighter.
Not a fan of rhetoric, but it is vital that we maintain a measure of perspective. The transfer window was underwhelming and the results have dipped. We played like shit against Liverpool, but are somehow still in a position to return to the top of the table. It’s madness and though it doesn’t make up for recent failings, it certainly makes them easier to take.
Cheers and don’t lose the faith just yet,
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