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  • Jlock Jlock May 11, 2011 17:58 Flag

    Well done 'arry

    I think that's the point Joe - by virtue of being 'back seat managers' I doubt if any supporter is happy with their lot. There is always that player who's a 'donkey' or the manger makes those substituions that no-one understands, or plays that player, while a better player sits on the bench.
    But it is all subjective - it's difficult to find two supporters who totally agree.

    BUT - just imagine being a Citeh supporter last night - fine there's the euphoria of reaching the CL - but I would be worried sick, as if Spurs can do that to them, what price RM or Barca - if they do play the qualifying round - playing like that, will they get through? OK so Citeh have money to throw at it. But so far, it may have bought some stars, but I'm happier with what we have. Strange eh - but I think we have the better team (true, there's a couple of their players I would take (Tevez, Johnson and maybe Hart)) - but overall, we had the better team 'ethic' .

    I also liked 'arry's comment after the game. IE that he enjoys the football we play. Me too. I would hate to have Mancini as the manager (or even Mourinho) and end up playing 'defensively' just because we don't trust our own ability. l

    PS Sfer - VdV - yes it was apparent again last night wasn't it? He dropped so deep at times that Crouch must have wondered if he was on the pitch alone. Let's see what 'arry can do in the break.

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    • Those are my thoughts too John. Say what you like about our performances since losing to RM, but watching Citeh playing last night I can't see how they will be able to match what we've achieved in our first campaign.

      Citeh were clearly playing for at least a draw. Dzeko played like Pavy except in a light blue shirt, and apart from David Silva - who is another Modric IMO - and Johnson/Milner on the wings I thought they were pretty boring.

      To see possession stats consistently and massively in our favour and watching us run rings around them it just goes to show that had our strikers been on target all season the match would have been an irrelevance in terms of CL qualification and we'd be up there challenging the Goons (and perhaps Chelski) for 2nd place.

      Rose was again very good and yes comfortable at LB and Lennon for once looked like the player he was last season constantly getting the better of Zabaleta (until he broke his nose!). But you're right about vdV playing way too deep though he did also get into some great positions. Conversely Sandro seemed to spend a lot of time in the oppo territory so perhaps they evened it up a little (and I didn't see 'Arry having a go at him about that either!).

      I recorded the match and I've yet to watch it - sadly our seats were pretty much at ground level so I didn't get the view I normally do at WHL but it was clear from the off that Mike Dean was going to overlook dubious fouls by Citeh while penalising us.

      Overall, despite the lack of goals and losing the game I'm pleased with the general performance because it was so much better than it has been of late.