Published on April 14th, 2014 | by maxbloggs0
Sure it was disappointing, but early season slip-ups have cost us – The City Nitty Gritty
As hard as it was to take the defeat to Liverpool yesterday, I believe that if we do not go on to win the title, it was because of our slip-ups to the “lesser” teams earlier in the season.
The losses to Cardiff, Aston Villa & Sunderland last year should be to blame more than anything that happened yesterday, because if we had gotten even just 1 point from any of those 3 games, the title would still be in our hands.
I think that the main problem that the Blues have had this season (which I have mentioned several times in past blogs) is that they have been too complacent in some games, and too fearful and respectful in others. The home losses to Wigan and Barcelona are the two best examples that I can think of where we’ve shown too much complacency in one game, and too much respect in the other.
I thought that the game against Liverpool showed a bit of both, and so if the Blues are to become one of the most dominant forces in world football, they need to have a bit more belief in their ability, and give respect when and where it’s due…
I was confused as to why City seemed unprepared for the fast-paced start that Liverpool are known to have made in recent weeks, and I’m not sure who, or what’s, to blame. Was it down to a lack of knowledge or experience on Pellegrini’s part? Were the players too complacent? Did the atmosphere get the better of them? Who knows. But let’s put it this way – it wasn’t rocket science.
Once again I thought that David Silva was outstanding, in my opinion he’s been our most consistent player this season, and his influence on the game was absolutely world class. Joe Hart deserves some credit too, as he made several crucial saves throughout the match (despite his mis-communication with Kompany for their first goal), but overall I believe that his contribution gave the rest of the team the best possible chance of staging an epic comeback.
I’m not usually one to say this, but I was surprised to see Navas start over Milner. It was the sort of game that was not for the faint of heart, and we needed someone who would take the game by the scruff of the neck and get stuck in – it was the perfect chance for the England international to shine. When he did eventually come on, he immediately changed the game, he cut through Liverpool’s defence with ease by linking up with David Silva and Samir Nasri to perfection.
Another puzzler for me was the fact that Stevan Jovetic did not feature in the squad at all, especially because he said himself that the biggest moment of his career so far was when he scored 2 goals against Liverpool in the 2009 Champions League group stage, when he played for Fiorentina. Maybe the reason why he was not in the squad is because Pellegrini has not been impressed by what he’s seen of him this season and/or doesn’t get on with him? Or maybe it’s just simply down to the fact that there was no room for him on the bench, with Negredo and Sergio already there – it’s anybody’s guess. But it would be a great shame if the Montenegrin doesn’t play a part for the remainder of the season, as he could add something different in these crucial last few games.
In terms of what went on during the match, sure we had some bad decisions given (and not given) to us, but we’ve also had our fair share of luck this season too. To be fair the players, and most of the fans, didn’t even notice Skrtel’s handball until they saw slow-motion replays on Match of the Day, so it’s not unreasonable to say that the referee didn’t see it in real time, but at the end of the day, it was still one of many perfectly valid penalties not given.
Very quickly, about Kompany’s mistake for Liverpool’s third goal, I’m going to go along with what my Dad said in his blog and not join the blame game. You win as a team, and you lose as a team, so let’s not resort to putting all the blame on any one player – as that’s just how football is sometimes.
In conclusion, like I said you can afford (and sometimes expect) to lose these sort of games against the bigger teams, but you have to make up for it by making sure that you get the job done against the weaker ones.
Let’s just hope those early season slip-ups don’t come back to bite us, come the end of the season!
Keep the 2012 faith, Blues – It’s not over yet!!
– Daniel Cheeseman