EPL: Day 20

Posted by Pierre Igot in: Football
January 8th, 2004 • 3:44 am

A beautiful goal, and 89 minutes of profound boredom. That was the gist of Liverpool’s trip to Stamford Bridge, which ended in a 0-1 victory that was sweet revenge for the home loss to Chelsea earlier in the season.

The problem is not with Liverpool fielding a defensive side and protecting their lead instead of trying to create anything. The problem is that, on days like this, it looks like it’s the only way for them to achieve anything. Kewell looks very ordinary. Diouf is an infuriating player, always huffing and puffing with the ball only to lose it as soon as he attempts a pass, and then compensating for his own failure by inflicting bad tackles and working up the opponents. It’s a wonder he doesn’t get sent off more often, or earlier. Michael Owen is still on the bench.

Chelsea too were unable to create anything, which explains the final score line. Oh well. I guess that’s what happens when you pay too much for your players. But if you were looking for a game that failed to live up to its billing or people’s desperate expectations, this is the one.

Meanwhile, Aston Villa’s victory over Portsmouth the day before was at least entertaining. It wasn’t great football, but it kept you interested. Aston Villa for third place, I say!

For Arsenal, it’s beginning to look dangerously close to the season of too many draws. Sure, Manchester United will probably drop points too sooner or later, but so will everybody else. Maybe Arsène Wenger could borrow a page or two from Gérard Houillier’s book. Just maybe. And just one or two.

5 Responses to “EPL: Day 20”

  1. Matthew G says:

    Can you blame Liverpool tho? To come to the bridge and grab a victory is great in anyone’s book. And with three points being so crucial to anyone below the top three there was no way they were going to risk their precious lead.

    I was mighty impressed with the replacement goalie – talk about baptism of fire!!

  2. Pierre Igot says:

    Can’t blame Liverpool on this particular game. It’s just a shame that this is the only way that they can get consistent results. I guess I like more attack-minded football :).

  3. Matthew G says:

    We all love total-football and I guess that’s why everyone hated the last Champions League final – or any WC Final with Italy or Germany in it for that matter.

    Remember the final minutes of the frist half in 2002 when the German team passed back to Kahn about 6-7 times to wind down the clock??? Everyone started screaming at the screen!!!

  4. Pierre Igot says:

    My worst (recent) memory in that respect is the WC game between England and Nigeria in 2002. THAT was shameful. I don’t remember the final too well, but they lost, so obviously it didn’t work for them :).

  5. Matthew G says:

    Let’s keep fingers crossed for the boys on Saturday – in the first of four Boro meetings in the coming weeks. Hopefully Newcastle can stop United winning form and we can claw back that lead they’ve got.

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