What a scare yesterday was for my boys. Thank god Agger, Sakho, Enrique, and Johnson (although you could argue Flanagan has done a better job at RB this year than Johnson) are all making their way back over the next few weeks, as the Liverpool back line appears to be the difference between top 4 and a legit title chance. Kolo, who started his Anfield career on a good foot, has become a liability. For anyone outside of the LFC fan base, he's a joke to watch. Curious to see the squad Rogers puts out against Arsenal this weekend, and whether he'll give any of the front 6 a break or keep riding that gravy train.
Speaking of Arsenal, what a bore that Man U game was. Not a great start to their 12 game gauntlet. Has their decline that everyone has expected finally started?
Big game for Adebayor and Tottenham as well, although I've yet to consider them real challengers for the top 4. Let's see how Sherwood and his boys do after their Chelsea-Arsenal-Southhampton-Liverpool stretch in March.
It was important to get our defensive stability back after shipping 4 in 20 min at the weekend, and last night's result now makes 11 clean sheets in 12 home games. What was so immensely frustrating about last night's game, though, was how we couldn't beat the most ordinary United side anyone has seen in a very long time. Our offense is looking tired and stagnated, and with our main "runners" our via injury (Theo and Aaron) we become too predictable. It's also been one of the big reason for Ozil's slight decline in the last few months - he gets the ball and drives forward only to look up and see everyone either standing still or behind him. The season has really been too weird to say that we're out of the title race now, but let's just say I'd be very surprised if we do.
If we do, in fact, flame out again this year I have to admit that it is nobody's fault but Wenger's - not landing a second striker, and not replacing Theo's pace and goals in the team, was criminal. It has been obvious that the team is desperate for a lift, he had the chance to do it in January but instead decided to sign a player for midfield cover who is injured until March and could conceivably not even kick a ball for us!
Well, at least you aren't Newcastle...
Yikes. They are currently in their worst form since 1987. How Pardew can survive this latest stretch is beyond me. Any other team would have sacked the Manager by now. Not entirely blaming him; when you sell your best player, don't replace him, and the front office shows ZERO ambition...players tend to shut down. I do feel Pards has been surviving just by sheer luck sometimes. His tactics, sub patterns, team choices can leave even a novice fan scratching their head.
then again, why would any sane Manager with any skill take that position?
I'm super excited for City v Barca today; hopefully it will be an open and entertaining match, but first legs of knockout games are usually pretty cagey. I'm going to predict 2-1 to Barca.
Our win Sunday against Liverpool, as well as the fact that we rested some key players, should give us a good boost for tomorrow's game against Bayern. I'm under no illusion that we'll win the tie, but I think we're in a much better place now than when we played them last season and the team can really play with no pressure so who knows what will happen.
2-0 spected more from city.. Well hopefully Arsenal wins tomorrow.
So it looks like because of Oli's recent extra-marital problems young Yaya gets a start tonight; he had a wonderful game against Liverpool so let's hope he can keep it going. His song is fantastic too:
"Wake me up
You know he's better than cunt from Togo"
Come On You Gunners!
Better than the Wilshere goal v Norwich?
EDIT - after seeing the match report I'm terribly disappointed my dv-r decided NOT to record Liverpool v Swansea today; what a wild match!
Last edited by nosurprises12; 02-23-2014 at 08:16 AM.
it wasn't better than the norwich goal, but nice goal all the same. Too bad arsenal can't unleash that kind of quality against the top sides. loved seeing rosisky get some play and ozil have a break, he deserved it.
yeah Liverpool are out to entertain. I still am confused as to why that back line is so awful…