Well we are where we deserve to be. We have become so much predictable that any team can come and beat us. There is no problem because they just have to watch us keep the ball and score a goal on every opportunity they get. Be it a counter or a set piece, they just have to be discipline at the back. In fact sometimes we will gift the goals as we lose interest in the match.
For yesterday, we can blame the ref, the Barga strategy or whatever we want but look at the match. Did we create something worthwhile? What were we doing with the 70 percent possession? Does passing the ball sideways and then giving it away to the opposition going to get us goals? It is just unbelievable.
The midfield was poor yesterday, the attack was under provided and the defence was a joke. What the hell is happening out there? We really need to sort this out quickly or else we are in for some more shocks (shudders!).
Coming to player ratings:
Fabianski: Didn’t have anything to do. Not at fault for the goals. Was let down by the men in front of him 6
Eboue: What was he playing? Every time he got the ball he would fall over. Although Braga were committing a lot of fouls but at least one should try to play. 4.5
Squillaci: He started okay but slacked in the second half. Some of his clearances were poor and he wasn’t commanding. Don’t know what he was doing on that second goal!? Not a good performance. 5
Djourou: Better of the defenders. Won headers, intercepted the ball and overall had a solid game. 6.5
Gibbs: He has pace but he still didn’t use it a lot. On a few occasions he did make some good runs but his final ball wasn’t convincing. I guess we don’t teach our players to cross. He too was made to look a fool on the second goal. 6
Denilson: WOW, two games and two awful performances. He has gone backwards in a flash after the good performance against Everton. He either doesn’t have pace or he doesn’t use it. Or else he just doesn’t care. He was doing okay in the start but finished with his usual mistakes that cost us the match. 3
Fabregas: Something is just not right here. Whether it is the injury or something mental I don’t know but if he was not fit he should not have played. Now he is out and not sure for how long. As for the match, did create a few good balls but not enough by his standards. His free kicks were also awful. 5.5
Wilshere: A very slow start by him. Gave away possession in the first half and never looked comfortable. Improved in the second but still not convincing. 5
Walcott: Had one good opportunity to score, other than that didn’t do much. Although can’t blame him as the supply wasn’t there. 5
Bendtner: A perfect example of one should think twice before speaking. His positioning was awful on the few occasions the ball was delivered into the danger area and he showed no desire to attack the ball. He had a chance to do something good but desperately failed. Still can’t expect much from him as he had to drop deep to get the balls as the midfield failed to supply. 4.5
Rosicky: Tried hard throughout the match but didn’t get the support from the players around him. Defensively helped a lot too. He should have started in the centre in place of Fabregas and Nasri should have started on the left. 6.5
Nasri (5) failed to make much of an impact. Vela (6) looked lively and did win us a penalty that wasn’t given. Chamakh (6) won some important headers and was more effective than Bendtner.
This is it. We are not going to win matches the way we are playing. We might still be in all the competitions and two points behind Chelsea but it doesn’t tell the true picture. We really need a new game plan.