Sunday, April 15, 2007

Reds And Blues In Bore Draw Shocker

Dreadful & Insipid Performance

English Premiership

Man City 0 - 0 LIVERPOOL

Shocking result? Not really, it was as expected. More so when I saw the starting line up for this game. Yet again, Rafa got it wrong from the start and he made changes a little too late.

There was a distinct lack of creativity from the Liverpool side, who welcomed back rested stars like Gerrard and Carragher but the scouse duo were not able to inspire Liverpool to the win.

City themselves are in a run of decent form as they're undefeated in 5 games but their home form has been pretty atrocious as they haven't found the net at the COM stadium for the last 5 games. Well, make it 6 then.

Rafa started with a 4-5-1 formation and in trying to stifle the opponent, Liverpool suffered and were negative. Bearing in mind that he is a cautious man, sometimes you've got to wonder whether he's been too cautious at times and his hesitation to gamble might have cost Liverpool points over the stretch of the season.

City, knowing that getting a point off Liverpool is a decent result for them, stood firm throughout and the defence comprising of Richard Dunne and Sylvain Distin was solid throughout. Rafa made their jobs easier by resting Peter Crouch and the only striker on the pitch was Kuyt.

Gerrard was supposed to support Kuyt but was largely peripheral while Liverpool failed to exploit the flanks with Pennant and Riise not being able to provide much ammunition. Alonso's passing was found wanting most of the time and it made the game very difficult to watch.

Rafa has got a brilliant record in Europe and has the pedigree to bring Liverpool to yet another European triumph but when it comes to domestic league, Rafa still got to learn to gamble sometimes and be a little adventurous.

With Arsenal closing in with only 2 points behind, Liverpool will have to go out and win the game at Anfield against Middlesbrough. For City, it's a precious point but for the visiting team, it seemed more like 2 points dropped.

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