City Top The Winners, Thanks To Chelsea

Man City now have it all to lose after Jose Mourinho did Manuel Pellegrini a huge favour. It's a rare occasion when Liverpool are in the losers and Man United in the winners...

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onceupon says...

@zilla: I agree. I made the exact same point somewhere else. I taught it was a somewhat risky position to have in a game Liverpool did not need to win. That's the way it's been all season and I guess you don't change your approach when on an eleven match winning run.

@dixon&durie: I'm not sure if your being obtuse just for the sake of it but I said many times that Chelsea deserved their win and I have no complaints about the defeat. Ba did well to take his chance but how it came about is certainly not the type of chance you expect to create. As in: "I'll just wait for the last man to miscontrol an easy pass under no pressure, then slip and give me the ball so I can get a one on one opportunity". Anyway, it was a game to forget for Liverpool fans, one to savor for everyone who wish Liverpool do not win the title and finally one to rejoice for City fans.

@bernsteinforpm: Your right of course. It was not just about time wasting but disrupting the game and stop it from flowing. Unfortunately, it had the desired effect. I also don't think Chelsea played for a draw and had the score stayed 0-0 for longer, they probably would have come out and attacked at some point. The mistake only meant they did not have to.

Posted 9:55am 29th April 2014

zilla (Manchester City) says...

@onceupon It wouldn't of had a chance to be a fluke goal had Sakho, your centreback, not been delivering the pass to Gerrard from left midfield, whilst your other centreback was out in right midfield leaving Gerrard exposed for his mistake. There was simply no reason for Liverpool to be set-up like that at that point in the game. If the two centrebacks were back protecting Gerrard (or more aptly, behind Gerrard being protected by him, his mistake, in all likelihood, wouldn't have been so costly.

Posted 7:18am 29th April 2014

zilla (Manchester City) says...

@onceupon It wouldn't of had a chance to be a fluke goal had Sakho, your centreback, not been delivering the pass to Gerrard from left midfield, whilst your other centreback was out in right midfield leaving Gerrard exposed for his mistake. There was simply no reason for Liverpool to be set-up like that at that point in the game. If the two centrebacks were back protecting Gerrard (or more aptly, behind Gerrard being protected by him, his mistake, in all likelihood, wouldn't have been so costly.

Posted 6:53am 29th April 2014

dixon&durie (Chelsea) says...

@onceupon. So that goal was a fluke then? Such a piece of cake for Ba to run half the length of the pitch and beat an advancing keeper whilst being chased down by two red defenders wasn't it. Go look at the game again and count up the goal scoring chances both teams had, not the pot shots from distance either that Liverpool were allowed either, proper chances. Chelsea had enough real efforts on goal to put you away without 'flukes'.

Posted 6:09am 29th April 2014

bernsteinforpm (Manchester City) says...

I actually don't believe Chelsea were trying to time waste as such. Don't get me wrong, they were deliberately getting the ball back into play excruciatingly slowly, but I don't believe they were hoping to shorten the game that way. Nor do I think the primary objective (although they wouldn't have viewed it as a bad thing) was to frustrate and rile the Liverpool players. I actually think it was designed to break up the first half and prevent Liverpool building any momentum. Liverpool's fluid attacks have been devastating at times this season, but by slowing down the game Chelsea managed to avoid it reaching fever pitch, which would have favoured Liverpool. A moot point perhaps, but for me at least, a significant one.

Posted 10:00pm 28th April 2014

qotsa4life (Liverpool) says...

@tk421: Been on this website everyday for years, read a lot of your comments, most are fairly reasonable. The last one is just silly, whatever you took today, give it a rest.

Posted 7:57pm 28th April 2014

thebigshow says...

There always has to be intent with handball or implied intent through an unnatural arm position. Flanagan's elbow was by his side which is a natural position. The ball came past another player, he had no time to react. Where the ball was heading is irrelevant. It's all spelled out in the laws of the game. Handball is without a doubt the area where most football fans demonstrate how little they know about the laws.

Posted 6:45pm 28th April 2014

onceupon says...

@tk421: Are you really saying Gerrard giving the ball to the Ba for a one on one is not a fluke?

@dear_mud: Good post. I am also guilty of using hindsight to say Rodgers could have done things differently. My feeling after the game was that Liverpool lost the game rather than Chelsea winning it. I don't mean Chelsea did not do well to nullify Liverpool's attack but it was possible to use the time wasting to our advantage. Don't get frustrated by it, bide your time and use the slow tempo to show your in control. Instead, it was Chelsea who seemed in control before the first goal and (naturally) even more afterward.

I have to disagree with the plan B though. There is not many ways to combat a team sitting so deep. It's either get it wide to cross (not Liverpool forte as they have the least amount of crossing attempts this season), pump long balls into the box to a big man (which must be CB in Liverpool's case) or try to play around it with short intricate passing. That's why it could have been a good option to sit back a little and see if Chelsea would try to attack a bit more instead of giving them exactly what they wanted in a game they had to win and Liverpool didn't.

Can't disagree with the bitter taste left by Mourinho's tactics winning the day from a mistake though. I can respect its effectiveness but I can't admire any of it.

Posted 5:52pm 28th April 2014

Glenbrook says...

Chelsea obviously need both Liverpool & Man City to lose to win the title. The problem is, whilst a deflated Liverpool could conceivably lose to Crystal Palace, if Man City lose to Everton Liverpool will no longer be deflated. What are the chances of City beating Everton, Liverpool losing to Palace and City doing a "Devon Loch" against Aston Villa?

Posted 5:47pm 28th April 2014

thebigshow says...

I really think it is beyond a stretch to suggest that almost anything Liverpool did in the first half was an unnecessary risk. Gerrard picks the ball up from the defender, it's just what he does. Chelsea were defending so deep he could do this on the halfway line under no pressure whatsoever. Some of the statements coming out around this are madness, one professional footballer passing the ball to another professional footballer without an opponent within 15 yards does not constitute any kind of reasonable risk unless perhaps they're passing it along their own goal line from post to post. Liverpool lost the match and potentially the title because Gerrard made a sub-schoolboy howler of epic proportions. Prior to that they were looking about as comfortable as you could possibly expect playing exactly the sort of tactics described as risky and naive after the fact. As dear_mud says, it's nothing but hindsight. Any of you making these claims ask yourself one question - were you complaining about Rodgers' tactics before Gerrard's moment of madness? Because I wasn't.

Posted 5:37pm 28th April 2014

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