The No Ped Report - Liverpool 3-0 City
You will see that has been no Ped Report posted for the above match as I was enjoying a long weekend in Malaga and didn't even get to see the match on television.
Reading up about it though it appears that Mancini probably thought he put out a side that could do a job, although this was a fixture that he had probably surmised was not one City would win.
So judging by the line-up and how well Liverpool have played recently, this was three points tossed away and Mancini therefore deserves the pressure of Spurs creeping upon us again.
Without being unkind to colleagues on the Aston Villa site, Villa were perenially a side that would finish around 5 or 6 in the table, so when you have Barry and Milner, who are not winners, you will not do much much better than that especially if they are presented as the fulcrom in the middle of the field. And so it proved at Anfield.
My suspicions without looking at the match are that Barry and Toure were too one-paced and offered us nothing from the centre. Milner probably shows more intent taking his monthly cheque to the bank that actually performing on the field, injury to Tevez took away our only attacking threat and his replacement Mr Balotelli probably had one of his 'I can't be bothered' days. Once again I suspect that Dzeko kept himself on par with the departed (from Liverpool)Torres.
So we leather a team 5-0, playing our best team football of the season and the follow on is that we endure our worst defeat of the season, losing our key goalscorer in the process. If this was about team preservation for next Saturday then Tevez should not have started or maybe Mancini thought he had enough tools in the kitbag to actually win this match? Dream on Roberto.
Next stop Wembley just as the Old Trafford machine starts to hit form and dispose of all in it's path! We really do need to be very positive on Saturday, move the ball quickly and press them for ninety minutes. Oh and get a couple of goals too. I would have preferred Rooney to have been playing. Hernandez will cause us more problems than him.
We need Tevez but not if he is not 100% fit. If he can't lead us from the front then I would prefer something totally different althoughI would find it difficult with only one up front whether it is Dzeko or Balotelli. I don't want to see one of those teams that sets up for 0-0 and hopes for something better. I couldn't see either of them hrlping in midfield if we played 4-4-2 reverting to 4-5-1 when we don'thave the ball.
It's deep thinking cap time for Mancini. It's been a long long way to dear old Wembley. I don't want it to be a longer one back to Manchester!!