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Torment of Trent
When the team news broke on Tuesday evening, I took a look at Twitter to get a feel for the vibe of the various blogs, podcasts and Liverpool fans / journalists on what to expect from the game. The general feeling was that this was a team that was going to take it to the next level. A high-profile account argued that with Keita and Jota there had never been a team before that could apply pressure and that Madrid would be shattered to pieces like the hapless souls that landed at Omaha Beach on D-Day About 20 minutes into the game I have to say I was shocked at what I saw. This Real Madrid team, in particular, the midfielder was honestly so much better than Liverpool that I couldn’t really believe what I was watching. I don’t say this lightly, but Liverpool looked like an Astroturf XI and were embarrassed by Madrid. Pour one for pressing, offer prayers to the pressing gods and buy a mass card for pressing because it is clear, like in the Champions League final a few years ago, that great skillful players do not. don’t care and aren’t. they worry about it.
I wanted to blame someone for it. I think far too much attention has been paid to defensive weakness compared to big Nat and Kabak, these two players owe Liverpool nothing in terms of quality as neither should have ever been near the squad for such a match. The astonishing drop in player quality is something to see. I want to denounce the ridiculous narrative put forward that the absence of VVD has made these players lose their confidence in passing and shooting in case they can concede from the back. I just don’t buy it, can’t believe Mo Salah or Mane get the ball and feel they can’t speak because any mistake will lead to an instant goal on the other end.
Something is wrong at the club. They are professional athletes, fatigue should not be an excuse for Mo Salah who seems unable to beat a man without trying to pass the ball between his legs. If Mane has the acceleration to run a defender, he must have the same level of energy to use his foot to kick the ball on goal. Some will say, let them regain their confidence. But surely if a person is suffering from trust issues, you give them a break and let them get their mojo back. I can accept that Trent’s confidence is shot down and if it is, give the man a break and stop expecting him to regain his confidence to the highest possible level.
Finally, the Liverpool cheerleader press cohort needs to pull themselves together and act like journalists, not fans. Whenever the Spanish teams underperform, the Spanish press seems to hold the teams to account. With Liverpool, it seems the press just wants access to the players for interviews or staged photos with commissioned murals to promote podcasts and inflate delicate egos that would be better served on defense.
…The hamish mail (he will improve in every way and apparently be the best RB or the best CM in the world) sums up the problem of massively overestimating your own players and assuming that footballers are all progressing on a nice straight path. Morgan’s demonstrates the importance of controlling your emotions before writing. Morgan, how old is TAA? I’m not sure you mentioned it. Also, in answer to your question about why TAA is not treated the same as a 19 year old is probably because he has been a regular starter for three years. However, when he was 19 himself, he was greatly appreciated. It’s since gone down because, and I’m sorry if it bothers you in your delicate state, it’s been absolutely crappy all season.
I think the main problem with TAA is that, apart from the exceptional crossbreed, he’s not really a footballer. It flourished as an unexpected success in a very specific system. His window is now closed.
Jurgen seems to have a fascination with blaming everyone and anyone other than himself and his players for their despicable performances.
“First and foremost, I don’t think we deserved to win tonight, we didn’t play well enough and that’s my number one concern. Especially in the first half, we didn’t play football well enough. We conceded the first goal, served the second on a plate ”
The icing on the cake last night was his rant against the referee after losing to a Madrid side without their best defenders.
“It doesn’t change anything at all. He (Brych) didn’t lose the game. We weren’t good enough to get a better result.
Now among that he, rightly in my opinion, drew attention to the fact that Sadio was fouled all over the place and the referee didn’t give him anything, but he clearly doesn’t blame the referee’s defeat .
You might have figured this out if you bothered to read his comments rather than change your panties because everyone is mean to Ole, but all the other managers don’t get any reviews, like, I don’t know , a specific article on 12 stupid Klopp excuses.
James Outram, Wirral
F365 says: Chelsea need more than Mount to win Champions League
After a very surprising result this weekend, I would say that many fans or maybe just myself, headed into this game with a bit of old nerves, Porto are certainly a top team that knocked out the Juventus in the previous round, Porto certainly showed their talent and strength in the first half, then Mason Mount decided to put us all at ease with a nice turn and an even nicer finish in the lower turn.
Seeing a player like Mason Mount doing so well in this Chelsea squad is a sight to see, we yearn for another academy player to fall in love, support him through and through since John Terry retired, c he is a truly talented individual who I have no doubts that I will be a future club captain and lift a lot of honor with Chelsea.
On the other hand, it makes me laugh how much better our left-backs seem to be forwards than our forwards, Marcos Alonso is capable of incredible strikes, Emerson showed his ability to score a top-level goal the other week and Tonight Ben Chilwell channeled his “Fernando Torres v Barcelona 2012 ″ inside as he rounded the goalkeeper and stowed the ball away for a crucial second goal.
Mikey, CFC (Next up Crystal Palace, or Ed Quoththeraven Derby)
Jon (I love you Poch, I miss you Poch), Lincoln
The intro of the flashing neon trumpet on a Saturday morning just in time for the hangover.
That slender Norwich tit that no one likes.
Martin **** ing Keown and the Crazy Haired Cock Ruining Boxing Covering BAYERN Vs PSG.
Try my luck with Keysie and… the fanaticism of Graysie (?) On BEIN channel 11.
I can’t pay for it anymore.
… Half-time at the Allianz and Neymar has only dived once, while Di Maria has remained standing so far.
Great game, two great teams and the only bane is Partridgesque shit from BT Sport commentator and his “expert” – Martyn Keown who I would be surprised if he could pronounce his own name as he doesn’t know how to say real names of most players.
I need Bayern to score a few goals at the start, otherwise I expect the dive and the loss of time to start.
Bladey Mick (football – this is what it should look like)
Defend the defensible
Read this afternoon’s mailbox preparing to defend TAA, regarding his youth, the lack of respect towards Madrid before the game, etc. The bigger problem, however, is the mail from Mohashu, defending the referee for his appeal on Bellingham. Please, please don’t stoop to this ridiculous, myopic, delusional standard if I want me to just watch a few fan reruns. Seriously, I disagreed with half the mailbox (as usual), but this mail comes across as the last round of the BBC’s fight speech: “defend the indefensible”.
KC (and from an f365 drive!)
Phillips at Spurs
Thanks Dan, your email really cheered me up.
Indispensable, start every match, the Leeds-born Leeds fan and now England have capped Kalvin Phillips to play squad rotation / Hojbjerg replacement in an anti-football squad with Portuguese McCleish?
Mat, Leeds fan at Liverpool.