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CoC Semi-Final Live: Chelsea v Liverpool 27/01 watch

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    Far too wasteful going forward, and far too leggy towards the end of the tie. We were tired and overrun, that much was clear.
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    (Original post by fallen_acorns)
    genuinly starting to think that rodgers inability to buy a decent attacker last summer, is a worse offense tihs season then wengers inability to buy a decent defender..

    Atleast wenger fixed his mistake in january
    Well of course it is, it was a crime not to push on for Alexis at least (and rightly so ) they've been using a makeshift centre forward in Sterling and that alone tells one you need a proper quality striker. Tbf only a handful on this forum predicted Balotelli would flop when it came to the whole Welbeck v Balotelli argument. The poor guy's only 24, if he was older he probably would have been shipped off to the MLS or some random club in Saudi Arabia come the end of the season.

    Yeah, relatively happy with this window so far from us. Just need Gabriel confirmed!
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    Mourinho refusing to be drawn on the Costa incident here in his post-match interview.
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    Hope this doesn't affect momentum too much.
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    (Original post by Zerforax)
    Bit disappointed that Rodgers stuck to 3-4-3 for so long. It wasn't quite working and it might have been better to try a different tactic.

    Think both teams will be a bit flat at the weekend after that performance. Would love to know the distance covered by the players if anyone can find the statistics?
    It was more the subs rather than the formation which was the problem, we needed fresh energetic legs and it should have been Lallana to come on for Gerrard. Instead two immobile strikers were brought on....
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    (Original post by WeOnlyLiveOnce)
    Lucas is the one that made the challenge. Dont blame Balo.

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    Balo was marking Iva but in the mid decided to mark Costa / was caught ball watching.
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    Am I the only one who thinks Johnson's as equally at fault as Balotelli for the Ivanovic header?
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    (Original post by Mackay)
    Am I the only one who thinks Johnson's as equally at fault as Balotelli for the Ivanovic header?
    Yeah same here, they were both caught ball watching in the end and didn't stick with the runs of the men they were marking.
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    (Original post by Mackay)
    Am I the only one who thinks Johnson's as equally at fault as Balotelli for the Ivanovic header?
    Tbh it should have really been Johnson on Ivanovic the whole time rather than Balo having that responsibility. Balo is not a defender and Ivan can be a beast in the air.
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    (Original post by The.Joker)
    Yeah same here, they were both caught ball watching in the end and didn't stick with the runs of the men they were marking.
    Arguably worse for Johnson too, of course, given he's a defensive player.
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    "I used to watch Zouma at St Ettiene" Ok mate.

    I like Jamie Redknapp and everything but what qualifications does he have to talk about football on tv other than his dad, seriously now it's just painful watching him get wrecked by Thierry.
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    (Original post by samir12)
    Tbh it should have really been Johnson on Ivanovic the whole time rather than Balo having that responsibility. Balo is not a defender and Ivan can be a beast in the air.
    Exactly. It's worse for Johnson because he's a defensive operator.
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    (Original post by Mackay)
    Exactly. It's worse for Johnson because he's a defensive operator.
    In the end it made no difference to the result as we couldn't score. But in a PL game it's really unforgivable.
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    (Original post by Mackay)
    Arguably worse for Johnson too, of course, given he's a defensive player.
    I heard some rumors that we are gonna give him a new contract, I just want him to **** off already-more often than not he's a defensive liability. He's way past it, he should just go and play somewhere in Spain/Italy.
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    (Original post by Zerforax)
    I imagine we'll splash big on a striker in the summer.
    me too.
    the quality of the striker will definitely depends on whether we make top 4.

    if we get 4th place, i actually reckon we'd go for somebody like benzema for 40-50m.
    if we don't make top 4, i expect we'll vastly overpay on a kid deemed the "next neymar" or something similar...
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    (Original post by A Mysterious Lord)
    Hope this doesn't affect momentum too much.
    i doubt it.
    we'll be disappointed but in reality we lost 2-1 over 2 legs to the best team in the country with much better players.

    with sturridge coming back and with us in great league form, i think we'll be fine going in to these tough games.
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    (Original post by Lúcio)
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    (Original post by Zerforax)
    I don't know, always felt like Chelsea had a slight upper hand in terms of the defence and Hazard in attack.

    Yea we had the better chances but no one clinical to finish anything today.
    Honestly after watching the game think we were the better team from the second half onwards. You guys did play well but the introduction of Ramires changed the game for us. Thought we might need to drop Fabregas for games like this.
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    (Original post by jam277)
    Honestly after watching the game think we were the better team from the second half onwards. You guys did play well but the introduction of Ramires changed the game for us. Thought we might need to drop Fabregas for games like this.
    That Ramires sub is what Rodgers should have done with Liverpool, we needed legs in the midfield so Lallana should have come on for Gerrard.
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    (Original post by Lyrical Prodigy)
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    i'm not one to run away when we lose :P

    overall we performed better over the two legs but we didn't deserve the win.
    no team that misses that many opportunities to get through.
    chelsea were poor in general and even though we handed the tie to them, they did enough to get through and fair play to them.
 
 
 
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