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Tale Of Two Cities: Who Will Crack First?

Tale Of Two Cities: Who Will Crack First?


Lando78 sent us the following.

Trawling through Thursday mornings news, it was hard not to pick up on this comment made by a Premier League  player associated with Manchester City.

'We need everybody not just on the pitch but off it, too, helping each other to be stronger because now our problem could be mental, because we - and I don't like saying this - are untidy,'

'I don't like to use this word but it's true we are not used to being in this position. Against Birmingham you could see we were trying to do everything.'

'We were playing wide, between the lines, always going forward, defending with two centre-backs only, full-backs going forward, and we were trying to do all we could to win the game, but the other team scored with one free-kick and one shot from a long way out.'

'It's really unlucky because we had a lot of opportunities to kill the game before as well.'


The astonishing thing was the comments were made by ex-Blue Albert Riera now of Liverpool, and not about City. The parallels between Liverpool and City's plight before their mid-November league showdown are quite astounding.

Both managers are under great pressure to pull their teams out of the mire; Benitez's well-founded, Hughes' a little over the top.

The teams can't buy a win at the moment with City last registering a league win in September and Liverpool making that look like title wining form with five league defeats already this term.

England's Glen  Johnson certainly mirrors City's Wayne Bridge in many ways. Having performed outstandingly well at a lower level Premier League club, he was snapped up by Chelsea before becoming a bit part player.

After a revitalising stint at Portsmouth the England fullback signed a big money deal for another giant. Quick with great attacking qualities, the defender finds the defensive side of the game more difficult than Beckham finds the English language and is the focal point of many a fans phone-in.

Paulo Zabaleta can confirm what all of football has suspected about the Merseyside Giants- that they are scared out of their minds after a nightmare one win in nine games.

Close to compatriots Mascherano and Insua of Liverpool the Blues' Argentinean full back commented from the team's seven star royal hotel in the Emirates.

'Liverpool is a big game and we have to win, but Liverpool is a hard place to play. They are not playing well and they have had injuries, but we need to be back in the top four.'

'I speak to Mascherano and Emiliano Insua and they feel the pressure because Liverpool are a big club and they need to fight for many competitions.'

'Benítez has had a lot of criticism too. It's not a good moment for them, but we have to be careful because they are still Liverpool.'


The popular and tenacious defender's comments are interesting and not just for offering an insight into the psychology of a top European side. For what Liverpool are feeling must surely be mirrored by the Blues own dressing room at the moment.

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Writer:Lando78
Date:Friday November 13 2009
Time: 6:41PM

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Big game in the context of the season. For the winner it will kick start their season and the loser it could be a serious blow to their top 4 chances. The worst result though would be the draw as that would leave both teams stuck in a rut and allow Spurs and Villa a chance to put a gap on them.
bluesnozza
14/11/2009 07:11:00
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I was going to say that we didn't do an awful lot against Birmingham until I saw that the quotes were attributed to Albert Rieira!
Kevinho
18/11/2009 19:35:00
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