Yes we all know Stoke are a dirty side. CFC dealt with the aerial stuff pretty well and apart perhaps from Etherington until he went off Stoke offered little up front except some hard running and tackling. VB raises an important point however that Stoke's defence may be effective but is more than brutal. Huth maybe had some scores to settle but Shawcross is simply a psychopath and should be brought to book. He deserved a second yellow yesterday and it was only Stoke's tactical appointment of him as captain that made the ref think twice. Until Stoke show a bit more of the skill that we know they have and less of the ignorant partisan support which is noticeably absent in all the other home crowds who watch the game and not the shirt then PL will be all the better without them. As for CFC yesterday 6/10 I reckon. Torres worked very hard as did Alex and all the defence. I thought Mikel was very brave to play under the circumstances and as always IMO he won his tackles and even had his best shot ever in a CFC shirt or arguably in any !
PS Mr hide behind an ID.......................If you have it in you to respond with anything worth reading, then try and get something down in less than a fortnight! I had forgotten about this old thread.
If you set your mind to it, a paragraph might be possible??