Today we didn’t show enough conviction when dealing with these tactics.
Barca produced an lackluster dispay on Saturday to escape Gijon with a point that salvages something from the trip. Yes, all statistics point to a domination by Barca…81% possession, 15 shots..yadda yadda….business as usual right? wrong. It was one of those frustrating days where we couldn’t get the job done, and all of sudden we have to realise that even the best sides have tough days at the office. I don’t want to be too critical of the team that I love, because they have given us all so much, and have been on an amazing run (and they didn’t lose the game!) but to me this was really not acceptable.
Credit to Gijon – who are fighing for their survival in La Liga. Gijon’s keeper said “we should be hpapy with the draw” and I agree….they scored early on, and then parked the bus, even more so when we grabbed a Villa equaliser…we need to be able to break down teams who do this more often – as this seems to be Barca’s achillies heel of recent times…teams score early, setup camp, and we knock it about like our superb selves for 80mins then wonder why we didnt get more from the game? sometimes we just need to be more ruthless.
We started out with a lineup that was keeping upcoming big matches in mind: Valdes, Alves, Pique, Milito, Maxwell, Mascherano, Xavi, Iniesta, Afellay, Messi, Villa. The lineup itself is good enough to beat most sides…so what happened today? Today the guys didnt come to play..first time in a long time. Lets hope it’s a one off and it serves to get our motivation back to absolutely destroy Arsenal…it should not take us 80minutes to produce brilliance to get us out of trouble that we should never be in.
Apologies for not going into full match detail – as I was writing it all out I lost power and I don’t want to retype it all (lesson sorely learnt to save/autosave often!). I’ll do the next best thing and give you a youtube link where you can see both goals and some highlights.
I’ve had some more time to think about the match and was probably a bit harsh. But I still stand by my thoughts….I can let these blemishes slide, mainly because of what we produce every other week, but I guess once you are use to having Caviar even a nice Sunday Roast tastes a bit bland 🙂
Lets all hope we can get back to “business as usual” against Arsenal….what’s your thoughts on the game and my comments…too harsh? not harsh enough?…