Soccer fans these days are spoiled with excitement pure. Not only “The Battle of Spain” between Real Madrid and FC Barcelona is causing sleepless nights, but the Barclay’s English Premier League will now extend the explosive time, at least for a few days and hopefully longer.
Manchester United’s loss at Arsenal and Chelsea’s win against Spurs created an incredible exciting situation three rounds before the end of season. United is now leading the league with 73 points, followed by Chelsea with 70 points. A one game situation. On top of this, this coming Sunday, United and Chelsea meet at Old Trafford, for a game that now has the same explosive character as the “El Clasico” in Spain. Should Chelsea be able to win in Manchester, we will all have two more weeks of the English version of El Clasico excitement.
For Arsenal, in 3rd place, a Chelsea win would be a welcomed chance to get back into the game for the title. The gunners, currently sitting on 67 points, could sneak up on the top two with a win at Stoke City. The win against United should help the gunners to gain back there confidence and at least defend 3rd place and secure Champions League participation without the qualifying round. That is a spot that is eyed by Manchester City as well. Currently 4th, the Citizens have a game on hand that will be played next week Tuesday. A win could take them within reach to Arsenal.
Spurs will most likely have to settle for Europa League after losing to Chelsea. The game on hand will take place at Manchester City and from today’s view, it might be a difficult task to “keep the ball rolling”. With Liverpool winning game after game, even 5th place is in jeopardy. Spurs and Liverpool both are sitting with 55 points and the battle for 5th seems to be as fierce as the battle for championship. Quite possible that the face off at Anfield Road on May 15th will decide over Spurs faith. After all their accomplishments this season, it would be heart break to see them fall off the international stage.
In the relegation zone six teams are left to battle out the three “losers” of the year: West Ham (32), Wolves (34), Wigan (35), Blackpool (35), Blackburn (38) and Birmingham (39). Sunderland, Villa and Newcastle with 41 points might need another point or two to be save. West Ham with 32 points can’t afford to leave one point on the table in the last three games. If the schedule of the last three games is of any indication, West Ham, Blackpool, Wigan,Wolves and Blackburn will battle out three relegation places.
Manchester United was able to increase their lead to seven points in the Barclay’s English Premier League. While Arsenal and Chelsea drew their games and left valuable points on the table, United was able to turn around an already lost game against West Ham. At halftime the Hammers were leading 2-0. Wayne Rooney, with a hattrick, helped United to gain the lead. Hernandez secured the important win with United’s fourth of the game.
Besides United, Manchester City was the only team in the top 5 that could win and make an impact on the table. City passed Chelsea and regained 3rd spot with an impressive 5-0 win against Sunderland. The win also took the pressure of City Manager Mancini.
West Brom and Birmingham City were the winners at the other end of the table. West Brom beat Liverpool and Birmingham City left Bolton with the short stick.
The line for relegation contenders can be drawn at place 13 and West Brom. Everyone from 13 to 20 is in a fierce battle to avoid the drop. West Brom currently shows 36 points as 13th, Wigan on 20th has 31 points. Depending on next weeks results, teams from 12th to 9th can be thrown back into the relegation battle. Sunderland, a few weeks ago was hoping to secure 6th and a chance for European honors, might next week find itself just 3 points from relegation. The bottom part of the table guarantees excitement until the last game.
It’s time to take a look at the status of the Premier League after 30 rounds and before the Euro 2012 qualifier break. As far as the top 5 concerns, not too much has changed. There are still the same 5 teams fighting for the title and European glory. The difference is, the competition became more fierce and and the field came closer together. Liverpool, due to the much increased performance since Kenny Dalglish took over, Fernando Torres left and Suarez and Carroll joined the team, has a shot at 5th place, maybe 4th. That is an incredible accomplishment, considering the status of the club in January.Take a look at my post from January 10th.
Manchester United is still the team to beat. While the times of “unbeatable” are over, the team avoided to get sacked when the times became a little harder after the first losses. Sir Alex Ferguson and the experience of the entire team kept them on top of the league. So far, they were even able to compensate for injuries of key players, another sign of the healthy structure of the roster and Sir Alex’s outstanding work. As it stands right now, Manchester United is the top favorite for the Championship. Next game: @ West Ham
Arsenal remains the main hunter at this point. Five points behind and a game on hand means they can reduce the point difference to two points and make it a one game competition. While they had and have there own small crisis, they were able to take advantage of the competition’s dynamics (United finally got beaten) and sneak up on United. Arsenal is “free” of other worries, since the Premier League is the only remaining opportunity for a titel this season. While the gunners don’t like this fact, it might be an advantage for the remaining 9 games, considering they have a few injury issues with important players. On the sideline, the gunners created a stunner with reactivating Jens Lehmann, due to a major injury misery on the goalie position. Looking at Manuel Almunia’s form, it might even be possible that Lehmann appears in the first team before the end of the season. Everything is possible. Next game: Home against Blackburn Rovers
Chelsea just pushed Manchester City from 3rd place this past weekend. They are now a point ahead of the citizens and present themselves in outstanding condition. The past performances didn’t leave a lot of opportunity for the critics. The win over Manchester City was deserved and accomplished in a classy way. In this condition, it is fair to say they might have a chance to win the championship. Fernando Torres still hasn’t scored, but with other players able to hit the net, they can score at any time. At this point, the only thing that can derail them, is themselves. Some of the players are not too happy with the situation, namely Torres, Drogba and Anelka. Neither one of them is happy with the current situation of limited playing time. Also, the club owner was seen with a sweet and sour face after Torres’ substitution against City this past weekend. Good for Carlo Ancelotti that the game was won, after the substitution. Next game: @ Stoke
Manchester City is, in my opinion, kind of a bummer. Considering the names and the quality of the roster, it is next to ridiculous what the actual performance is. Last week they had to excuse themselves from the Europa League and right after
that from 3rd place in the Premier League as well. I actually thought, in January and February, they will take a very close look at the championship, but since then the tendency is much more downwards. It seems the spending spree will not pay-off and even champions league qualification is questionable. Their immediate competition for the champions league qualification somehow is displaying a much better oiled engine. City seems to have to many “construction areas”. While there is a lot of work to do in integrating all these purchases, it also appears they acquired some unrest with Ballotelli. That one is known for his escapades and Mancini needs to keep an eye on this bird. At this moment, it looks like a struggle for the citizens and even 4th place is questionable. What might help them to secure 4th place is the difficult schedule of Spurs in the last games. Home against Sunderland
Spurs have again delivered an outstanding season. They represented themselves in the champions league as an outstanding and grown soccer team. Harry Redknapp has done an outstanding job in creating an international competitor. I am excited to see them against Real Madrid and I am convinced Spurs will give Real a run for their money. In the Premier League the remaining schedule is a though one. Mid May will determine Spurs’ faith. On 4/16 they play ManC in Manchester and then on 4/20 have Arsenal for a make up game. One thing is for sure, if it doesn’t work for them, the championship will be decided by Spurs. Except Manchester United, they have to play everyone of the top 6 in their remaining games. Those that lose against Spurs, will lose their championship and Europe, one way or the other, ambitions. While I have doubt’s that Spurs can master that schedule, I will cross my fingers for them. From what I see, they created a lot of friends and the team’s and coaches’ work deserves champions league next season. @ Wigan
Chelsea took another step to put themselves back into the race for championship in the Premier League. After today’s 3-1 win in Blackpool and the results from the weekend, there is hope for Chelsea supporters.
The game took place on a rather “modest” level. Both sides played far below the usual level of soccer. Both began careful and Chelsea was able to take advantage of a Terry goal and then maintain the lead and wait for further opportunities. They presented itself and the Blues took their chance and increased the lead to 3-0. Blackpool woke up too late. Only in the last 5 minutes they stepped on the pedal and created opportunities. It was too late.
Interesting, Torres is still chasing his first goal for Chelsea. Today, the Spaniard’s performance was not worth further comments.
On Wednesday Everton and Birmingham will face off at Goodison Park. Everton, with a win, can catch up with rival Liverpool and compete for 6th place. For Birmingham, that always referred to the “games on hand”, a loss would create trouble. While still in the race in the FA Cup, a loss can create an unusual situation – playing international, and in the Championship.
It gets though in the Barclay’s English premier League. There are no more easy games anymore. Ask Spurs. After an exciting game at Wolves with both teams going for the win, points were shared. 3-3. Defoe scored goal number 1 and 2 for this season, finally. Wolves turn into a though bite for the top teams. Clearly, Wolves presentation deserves results and if they can keep their form, they should be able to pass on relegation to someone else.
On the way up are “The New Hammers”. 3-0 against Stoke. No questions were asked by Stoke. Ba, da Costa and Hitzlsperger scored. Clear trend for the Hammers, up!
In Birmingham on the other hand, a hang-over has taken over. 1-3 loss against West Brom and taking position on a relegation spot. There must be a huge performance boost for City to avoid deep trouble. Yes, two games on hand, but those are for sure no sure wins. Better get the points before those games are played. They play in Europe next year, but might also play in the second “fiddel” in England.
Manchester City played Wigan at home and had a lot of trouble and work to secure the points with a 1-0 win. Wigan played an outstanding game and City left the field lucky to have the so important points. One can feel really bad for Wigan, playing well, but not getting results in.
The Clash of the Giants took place in Liverpool and found a deserved winner in the Kops. 3-1 was the result in a match that Liverpool controlled for the most part. Only after halftime had United a few minutes when they tried to turn the match around. Kuijt with three goals was the hero in Liverpool.
Arsenal had to face uncomfortable Sunderland and had their hands full. A number of opportunities wasn’t enough for the Gunners, Sunderland took a point. Arshavin scored a regular goal, but the linesman saw offside. Saturdays game wasn’t a confidence booster for the game against Barca this week. The Gunners will have to find a way to keep Barca in check, somehow.
Also, Newcastle United – Everton 1-2 and Bolton – Aston Villa 3-2 and Fulham – Blackburn 3-2.
On Monday Chelsea is visiting Blackpool and a win is needed to stay in touch with the top three. On the other hand, Blackpool needs the points as well in order to avoid more trouble in their relegation battle. Chelsea is hoping to see Torres’ first goal for Chelsea and win.
The number of teams that are involved in relegation has increased by one. Newcastle, with today’s loss, has joined the group and is just six points clear of relegation.
Life has changed for Liverpool FC and Manchester United. While the Kops made it out of their crisis, Manchester United might just face one. Unbeaten for a long time, United now is facing strong headwinds and must increase speed again in order to hold off the hunters. Especially Arsenal, with a game on hand and United still have to visit the Gunners, is back in the race and in pure theory can win the Championship on its own power.
Compared to the last “Clash of the Giants” in January, the situation is a complete different one (read our report from January 10th, Liverpool and the p…”). Liverpool has found new strength while Manchester United in the meantime lost a few games and experienced a few other headwinds such as injury problems and suspensions (Vidic for today’s game).
Liverpool controlled the game for the entire first half and took advantage of Suarez’ outstanding presentation at Anfield Road. While The “Uru” didn’t score, he had direct influence on two of the three goals. Dirk Kuijt, in both cases, just had to tip the ball over the line and made the Liverpool supporters flying high after a long period of disappointment. It seemed United had given up on the game after 39 minutes. Only Jamie Carragher’s almost idiotic action against Nani two minutes before halftime, brought United back into the game. At the start of the second half, United displayed much more effort and was about to create chances for a turnaround. Only Kuijt’s third finally sealed United faith.
The new strength and confidence should help the Kops in their efforts to reach 5th place and qualification for the Europa League. Andy Carroll’s first appearance since his transfer to Anfield Road, further fuels Liverpool hopes. United now faces the challenge to calm the nerves and find composure for the next tasks. Further mistakes can lead to a loss of the Championship.
In a very exciting and in parts dramatic game West Ham beat Liverpool 3-1 and demonstrated their willingness, and ability, to fight relegation from the Premier League. With their new acquisitions Demba Ba, Wayne Bridge and Thomas Hitzelsperger coming back from injury, Avram Grant and the Hammers displayed much more resistance and possibility in their fight for survival in the English top flight. Liverpool didn’t go down with a bad performance, it was the Hammers that did it on their own by not only fighting but demonstrate ability to play.
While the first half went for West Ham, and a 2-0 lead at halftime was deserved, in the second half, Liverpool put the game into the Hammers half. The Hammers fought for their life and run some dangerous attacks to keep the Kops honest. It took Liverpool 84 minutes to score and increase heart attack risk on the West Ham side. Carlton Cole then scored the much celebrated winner when Liverpool tried to follow up and save a point.
With the birth of “The New Hammers”, fight for relegation just became much more interesting. From place 10 to 20, everything is possible. Even Newcastle on 9th with 36 points must secure points in order to not get caught in a fierce and nerve racking battle to avoid relegation. Liverpool gave up an opportunity to further close the gap for 5th place, however, with today’s performance (not the result) they are still in.
In the second Sunday game, Fulham visited Manchester City and surprised with a 1-1. The $100 million trio, Balotelli, Tevez and Dzeko stood for a 1-0 lead (Balotelli) after 45 minutes. Duff tied the game and Fulham saved the valubale point. Manchester City lost two points in the battle for Champions League qualification.
Manchester United was the winner of round 28 in the Barclay’s English premier League. The trip to Wigan turned out to be more difficult than past results and,more, the result of this game display. After a though first half, at the end Sir Alex’ boys won 4-0. It didn’t look that clear for a long time. Only Edwin van der Sar saved United from going down in the first half. The 40 year old dutch played an outstanding game and with 3 first class saves held United in the game before Hernandez (2), Rooney and Fabio put the lid on the game for United. The game was the warm up for the “week of truth” for Manchester United. On Tuesday, 03/01/ they face Chelsea at Stamford Bridge and the following Sunday Liverpool at Anfield Road.
In their fight to avoid relegation Wolves landed an important and strong looking 4-0 win against Blackpool. Sunderland lost ground for the battle for 6th spot and possible Europe League qualification with a 2-0 loss against Everton FC.
Aston Villa secured a 4-1 win against Blackburn Rovers and Newcastle United and Bolton Wanderers tied 1-1 on Saturday.
On Sunday, Liverpool is trying to close the gap to Spurs with a win at West Ham while Manchester City and Fulham meet in Manchester. Round 28 will be closed on Monday with West Brom visiting Stoke. The games Chelsea – Birmingham and Spurs – Arsenal take place at a later date.
The top 5 in the Barclay’s English premier league have actually turned into a top 6. Due to the fact that Liverpool is finding its old strength, we now have another competitor for one of the top 5 spots. Let’s take a look for the next three weeks and see what’s in the cards for these clubs: Kenny Dalglish and Liverpool have turned the curve and have delivered some good results over the past 5 games. Fernando Torres has left the club and with Suarez from Ajax Amsterdam it seems they found more than an adequate scorer. If they can keep up the momentum, there is a good chance for at least 5th place. Of course that would require a break down in performance of at least one of the other clubs in the top 6. Current trend: up Chelsea is the team with the most problems, so it seems for the moment. With the loss in the 4th round FA-cup game at home against Everton, the issues have certainly become more dramatic. The upcoming Champions League game against FC Copenhagen will be of major importance to Chelsea. In my opinion, and I repeat that, the transfer of Fernando Torres to Chelsea did not do any good for the Blues. Didier Drogba’s and Nicolas Anelka’s mood and form has not improved since Torres arrived. Both are of major importance in the upcoming Champions League clash with FC Copenhagen. Manager Carlo Ancelotti had the idea of rotating his players, especially the strikers, in all competitions. In the league cup they were already kicked out, yesterday they excused themselves from the FA Cup and if they are not careful, the same will happen in the Champions League. Chelsea in the current form is certainly not a sure bet for the next round. Then, there is nothing left for rotation and the faces of some players will get longer and longer as the opportunities to play shrink away. Not necessarily of help in the remaining games in the league. There will be a lot of pressure on the team and coaches, since Champions League participation is mandatory for the club. Can you imagine Chelsea is not going to make it? Current trend: down
Spurs! For me, Harry Redknapp is the coach of the year. He has formed a team of depth at Whitehard Lane. Up until two weeks ago it seemed that Spurs only have “one first eleven” and that any injuries (such as Bales’s) could bring the team down. Well, Harry is now able to rotate players and still has a winning team on the field. The win in Milan this week was the last proof for that. With the win against Milan and the resulting confidence boost, Spurs are flying high, for at least 3 more weeks. There is a good chance that they win the game in Blackpool on Tuesday and take 3rd place from Man City and further distance Chelsea. Current trend: up
It is difficult to talk about Manchester City. Looking at the roster, they should look much better in the table than they actually do. They spent so much money to get this roster quality, but it seems there is a struggle to form a team that can go the distance and play constantly on a high level. It appears that the efforts to get results and win something (silverware) become more and more desperate. Looking at the team, I can’t help thinking about a group of mercenaries going to work, including the coach. There is no identification with the club. Yes, they are in the race to win the premier league, FA cup and Europe league, but let’s be honest: The Barclay’s Premier League and Champions League qualification is what they really want and it doesn’t look like they can deliver that. Current trend: sideways or down
Arsenal has just made their task to catch Manchester United a little harder. With a disappointing 1:1 at Leyton-Orient they got themselves another unpopular distraction on the way to win silverware. There are really games enough for them in the next weeks, they didn’t need that one. However, they are currently the only one that have the means to catch United on the last stretch in the Premier league. For them, the mix of Champions League, FA-cup, Carling cup and League is a good one. With the win over Barca this week, they got a pretty nice boost for the next three weeks and the upcoming games. This sounds crazy, but if they don’t make it into the next round in the Champions League, it is not a neck breaking event. If you look at Chelsea on the other hand, outsch. Current trend: up
Manchester United is the team to beat. In the Premier League there is only one team that can catch them, in the FA Cup they have another home game, and as they represent themselves currently, they are a top team in the Champions League and they are the favorite in the games against Olympique Marseille. Besides of a super Manager with Alex Ferguson, they have a roster of experienced guys and they have a run, still. It is very difficult to find a “hair in the Manchester United soup”, for now. It is, however, the only team without a crisis during this season. Even though it is Manchester United, going all the way without a hang-up is the most difficult thing to do
. Current trend: up
Over the past two weeks a lot has been written about the transfers in European soccer. Everyone and their grandma has given opinion and other contributions about the subject. I don’t want to elaborate on all these transfers again. However, Fernando Torres’ transfer from Liverpool to Chelsea is still working to sink in.
Torres this week has declared that he never kissed any club’s badge. Not in the past and he will not in the future. Well, he doesn’t have to do that, but dear Fernando, lack of passion for what
you do and your job is a problem. It speaks for Torres that he openly states his opinion about the way he takes his job, so everyone can get a picture of his work style. Lack of passion for your job, however, is not a good thing. That doesn’t only count for professional soccer players, that counts for everyone in any work situation. Just think about it: If you have a problem identifying yourself with what you do and for whom you do it, how good can you really be? Back to soccer, lack of passion and identification is clearly a problem. That you are able to juggle the ball 3,000 times in a phone booth or run the 100 meters in 3 seconds is nice, but especially in professional soccer you need to put more on the table. Most do, and therefore do better than you. Being successful in professional soccer needs a chain reaction of different things: Ability, fitness, willpower, determination and luck. Once you have that in a row, you will make it in. If you take a look at Torres’ history, that’s how he made it up the ranks. Becoming a top player was a lot of work and cost him a lot of sweat and tears. And I am willing to take every bet here, without passion for what he was doing and his club at the time, he would have never made it that far.
Once you are a superstar, you need to remember first an old saying: “It is much easier getting up there, than staying on top”. I believe here is the issue in Torres’ case. A lot of factors play a role in a soccer players career. Influences from the outside, such as press, fans, coach, change in private life and other things beside the soccer field need to be considered, while you need to maintain all the stuff from your journey on the way up. In my opinion, it is no coincidence that Torres scored almost half of all his Liverpool goals in the first year at Anfield Road. And there is a reason that his performance curve since the Euro 2008 was on a steady road downwards. That the 08-09 season wasn’t overly successful can be blamed on the situation after the Euro 2008. A lot of top players have problems to find form after big tournaments. However, I claim that not coming back to top form has a mental reason and might very well be linked to his attitude towards his job. If you take a look at the last games before his transfer to Chelsea, there was a difference in attitude on the field. Whatever the motivation was for that, we can all speculate about it, there was one and it changed his game.
Now Torres is at Chelsea and is trying to score goals and have a better game. I am very interested in seeing how this turns out. My tip for Torres: Change your attitude, identity yourself with what you are doing and for whom your are doing it. Consider Chelsea’s and your fellow teammate’s goals as well. Once you do that, you will find a lot of common interest and then you can accomplish goals together. Good luck.
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First things first, I was wrong! In my last contribution to this blog I stated that the Torres transfer will not happen. Well, wrong. Nobody knows everything, not even me. With that said, I am not really sad about the fact that I was wrong. This transfer is completely insane and I claim I have common sense. Therefore, I couldn’t see this kind of waste coming. I learned.
$80,000,000.00, look at all the zero’s, for Torres? Yes, he is not a bad player and a couple of years ago he was really good. But that was before and right after the Euro 2008. For a year and a half he surely didn’t demonstrate a “value” of that magnitude. That’s one thing, and, yes, I admit, he was injured for a while. The other is, I didn’t see Chelsea being short of a striker at this time. Looking at the roster, there are quite some capable guys around. This is one of the things I have a hard time to understand, you have good players and you replace a good one with one that is not better or not even that good, just to spend money. ManCity had a few of those buys as well. For example, Dzeko is coming for $40,000,000.00 and Adebayor goes on loan to Real Madrid, where he scored today. What I am saying is this, don’t spend so much money for stuff you actually don’t need. In personal finance such leads to being broke at one point. And here we are at another point one should not underestimate: In times like this, recession and all, you might not set the right tone, especially when you a few hours before the deal was announced declare you made a $70,000,000 loss. Afterall, you also have a “public relations point of view” to handle. Even if I would wear a “blue cap”, I am not sure I would be really happy about this Torres deal.
The games today showed some interesting results. Not so much on top of the table, were the 4 of the top 5 won their games and kept themselves in the race for glory, but the results from 6 to 20 displayed interesting outcomes. West Ham won in Blackpool and made ground up, while Blackpool now all of the sudden changed the status from survivor to want-to-survivor. The same can be said about West Brom that just managed a tie against Wigan. The theory with “having a game on hand and that is a good thing” can turn quickly into a liability when the pressure is increasing as the “circus” moves into the last third of the competition. What three game days ago looked like same points, but a game on hand, turns now into a must win. Everyone from 15 to 20 will agree with that, I am sure. I am under the impression that some of those you wouldn’t think about today will face some trouble over the coming weeks. This counts for Newcastle, Blackpool, Stoke, West Brom and Birmingham. Lose a home game and you are in the middle of it.
A word about ManCity, only a tie in Birmingham. Not enough, in my opinion. 13 games left and if they want to win the title, they can’t leave any points on the table anymore. Sounds like a tall order.
The last few weeks have produced some interesting transfers, not only in the Premier League, but also across Europe. Adebayor to Real, Dzeko to ManCity and a few others still pending to happen before Monday 11:00PM. Of those that are still pending, the “Torres deal” is probably the most interesting. I am wondering, Liverpool needs some “upgrade” of the squad, no doubt. But why would you just buy a striker and in the same move sell your “biggest caliber”? Selling Torres wouldn’t make any sense whatsoever. Think of it, Liverpool is still in for 5th place and with that some European money, and that is what they need. An exchange, Suarez for Torres, would not be anything more, an exchange not an improvement. Besides that, Suarez would do better from coming behind Torres rather than taking the place on top. My tip, the Torres deal is not happening.
ManCity and the money
Let’s take a look at ManCity and their staffing strategy and business tactics. They spent quite some money in the past. Sometimes, one is wondering about the plan behind it. $40 million for Edin Dzeko from Wolfsburg. That’s a lot of money. Was it a necessary transfer? Well, that can be debated. In my opinion, it was not. There were 4 players to fit the position: Adebayor, Balotelli, Jo and Tevez. Considering the system played, 4 guys for one job. With that kind of guns already available, you don’t spend $40 million. That looks like “I just want to have it”. Now with Adebayor gone to Real Madrid (on loan, still paid by City) and Dzeko in, there are still 4 guys for that one spot. As a coach, while it is nice to have such choices, there is a lot of unrest cooking up. Looking at this from the business side, it is not making a lot of sense either. Go and add up the spent money on the forward positions. I claim, they will never get that money back. Not to talk about making a profit in buying and selling.
After today it appears that in Spain the cake is eaten. Madrid lost in Osasuna and now Barca is sitting on a 7 point advantage. That means they need to lose twice and draw another one while Real has to win every game. Not happening! They just got Adebayor on loan from ManCity in order to improve fire power and possibly win their games a little easier. After today’s loss, what’s left of this deal? Adebayor will not be able to play in the Champions League and the league title is further away than ever. All that’s left is the Copa Del Rey, which they can still snap from Barca. Well, it might be worth the loan fee.
Soccer is life! Who of the Liverpool supporters would disagree with this statement? Ownership discussions, issues with the coaches, all kind of other stuff and, most important, no results. Legend Kenny Dalglish took over and the move created high hopes for the FA-Cup game on 01/09/2011. After 90 minutes the result displayed nothing else than the results before: Empty hands and watching the coming rounds in the cup from the sideline.
Soccer is a game of physical fitness, strategy, desire, will power and trust in your own abilities. Everyone who has ever played the game knows that and is operating accordingly. However, there seems to be a rule the Liverpool supporters experience first hand: Once you sit in “p…”, the ladder rolls up the hill (one can express it a little milder and say, they just have no luck). The game just started and you are already behind. Penalty kick for nothing, 1:0 United. Not enough with that, the most important player sees a red card for “not much”. If you go back some time, to the more successful time of the Club, both situations would have resulted in a corner (at the most) and a yellow card. But because it is Liverpool at the current stage, it is the game deciding goal and finishing the game with 10. Adds to the frustration.
Looking at the game, ManU wasn’t that much better, but they sit on the other side of the hill. Everything they do right now works. Or, if you want, the “p…” rolls where its supposed to roll. So, what can Liverpool do? Man, if I would know, I would be the best paid coach in the World. Well, here is the best I can say: Sit down, lay back, accept the situation you are in (the “p…” rolls up the hill) , write-off the season, have a beer together, keep practicing as hard as you do, play the game as good as you can and, wait. Sometimes soon some ridiculous event will occur that will help you win a game and luck will come back. Yes, sometimes it is that easy in soccer. I admit, this is not something you can openly state in front of the press, so, blaming the referee or the weather is a good way out. Keep trying, it will get better again.