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Media Aftermath

Discussion in 'The Football Forum' started by Peatcheo, Apr 9, 2008.

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  1. Peatcheo

    Peatcheo Well-Known Member

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    The Fourth Estate provide their explanations for how Liverpool beat Arsenal. Apparently it had nothing to do with the first-half injury to Mathieu Flamini or dodgy refereeing. Victory is always written up for the victors...


    'When the noise had subsided, the victors and vanquished departed, when Anfield was at last silent, empty and still, the question remained: why? What was it that possessed a defender as experienced as Kolo Touré to take fright, to be so terrified at the prospect of lasting just six minutes at this remarkable arena that he should give away the penalty that cost his team the game and the dream of a first Champions League crown?


    'And the answer will come back: it was Liverpool. It was this club, this particular team, and what they have come to represent in Europe. Touré was disturbed by the legend of a Liverpool who will not lie down, who return from the dead like The Shape in John Carpenter's Halloween films. Remember that scene in the pitch-black bedroom when the monster rises again, his white mask all that is visible in the darkness? On nights such as this, Liverpool are like that: unstoppable, remorseless, their power inexplicable' - Martin Samuel, The Times.




    'There are the good Anfield European nights, there are the great ones and then, like this one, there are those remarkable occasions which fall into a different category altogether. This morning Liverpool awake to contemplate the prospect of a third Champions League semi-final against Chelsea in four years, although how they got there is a story that will outlive whatever else happens this season.


    'It is that man again. In the final 21 minutes of last night's game, Rafael Benitez made a crucial substitution, watched his side win the tie, then lose it and then win it all over again. In his precise, meticulous world it was perhaps not how the Liverpool manager planned it but it certainly made for an absorbing, compelling spectacle. How does such a control freak of a man conspire to preside over so much joyously chaotic football?' - Sam Wallace, The Independent.




    'Liverpool so often come through to win at this remarkable ground in the Champions League. Unlike the encounters of 2005 and 2007, this year's semi-final will be settled by a return leg at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea were due a change of venue and will be all the more relieved after studying this uncanny struggle' - Kevin McCarra, The Guardian.




    'Another chapter in Anfield's rich European history owed much to another hand expertly played in the Champions League by Rafael Benítez. Arsenal will rue the lapse in concentration that squandered this tie for as long as it takes to lift their first European Cup or the time it takes the Liverpool manager to display a weakness that compares. The former would appear the shorter wait.


    'Perhaps last night's return to the fold will influence that outlook but career decisions can wait. Crouch offered a remedy to the failings Benítez had identified in his team's first-leg display, with the Spaniard bemoaning the cheap possession given away in attack, goals conceded at set pieces and the relative comfort of William Gallas and Philippe Senderos in defence' - Andy Hunter, The Guardian.




    'As the party intensifies in Liverpool, the wake will be long and bitter in north London. Arsene Wenger's failure to strengthen a young side, to dip into a war-chest rumoured to contain £60 million, now looks an incredibly expensive mistake. Contrast with Benitez's January purchase of Martin Skrtel, as imposing a centre-half as Arsenal's Philippe Senderos is weak.


    'Ultimately, though, it was Steven Gerrard's penalty that won it for Liverpool, completing Arsenal's week of spot-kick misery. On the long road north, the joke amongst Arsenal fans had been that they prayed the tie would not go to penalties, because they would be denied all five. Resentment still lingered over the two spot-kick appeals turned down at the Emirates in the first two games of the clubs' epic trilogy' - Henry Winter, The Daily Telegraph.




    'After the bold prediction of the previous evening, the cold reality of another crushing defeat faces Arsene Wenger this morning. A season of so much promise now appears to be over for Arsenal, whatever Wenger might now say about Sunday's trip to Manchester United.


    'Beaten by the brilliance of Fernando Torres, a Steven Gerrard penalty, and a last-gasp clincher by substitute Ryan Babel, Wenger's confidence in his team but more crucially in Philippe Senderos was misplaced' - Matt Lawton, The Daily Mail.

    Seems pretty positive by all accounts. Makes a change.
     
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    I really like that one
     
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    Good read, Incredible night. I have a bad sore throat ho'.
     
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    I usualy hate Martin Samuel but thats great.
     
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    Loch Ness Monster Very Active Honorary Member

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    [quote author=Peatcheo link=topic=22412.msg537967#msg537967 date=1207737837]
    I usualy hate Martin Samuel but thats great.
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    Snap.
    Fat bastard.


    Not you Peatch, Martin Samuel.
     
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    [quote author=Loch Ness Monster link=topic=22412.msg537972#msg537972 date=1207737960]
    [quote author=Peatcheo link=topic=22412.msg537967#msg537967 date=1207737837]
    I usualy hate Martin Samuel but thats great.
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    Snap.
    Fat bastard.


    Not you Peatch, Martin Samuel.
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    Im not as beardy as him!
     
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    Even still the expression of surprise baffles me. How is it Inexplicable that we won again? Inexplicable!as in it cant be explained? Like beating Inter couldn't be explained nor indeed Barca nor chelsea twice nor juventus...

    We could be on course for our 3rd CL final in 4 seasons. Fingers crossed.

    Read that again.

    That is fucking exceptional not inexplicable. Here if you still need an explanation Mr. Journo LFC have enormous team spirit, passionate vocal knowledgeable support, a well drilled strong team managed by a top european tactician including some exceptionally talented players who are used to winning in europe and have the desire and experience required to ensure that they do.

    If that is not obvious by now then you shouldn't be a football writer.

    In fact put it this way, how many of us Liverpool fans were not surprised when we beat Barca at camp nou last year? I know i wasn't.

    But Liverpool fans always prattle on about the past so lets Look at this seasons tournament.

    Inter milan imperious in Italy, deep squad and powerful in attack touted by many as possible winners of the tournament. Nobody wanted to draw them but we did.

    We drew them and then we Out-fucking-played them.

    FACT.

    Still we cant be considered among the favourites, lucky so ....

    nasty looking draw for the 1/4s without country protection, im sure the bore merchants will get their mickey mouse come-uppance, anyway Inter weren't that good/over rated/out of form/unlucky/obvious bottlers/etc etc.

    Who is playing the best football in europe at the time of the quarter final draw? Arsenal. Surely it would be an unlucky draw to get the favourites in 2 subsequent rounds...

    Our "luck" continues and we avoid tricky games like schalke and roma and instead draw Arsenal.

    So we manage a draw away at the emirates but only because the ref was from the same village as Kuyt. Nothing to do with our resilience then, just the hometown of the ref.

    So to anfield...

    Maybe i was watching a different game but i'm pretty sure we just stuck 4 goals past the cunts.

    They got 2.

    We got 4.

    But one of their goals was really nice so...

    Time these Journos woke up and smelt the footballing coffee.

    We are not shit on a stick nor are we lucky. We, and some may find this hard to believe, or indeed write in a newspaper, we are FUCKING MAGIC because we are FUCKING GOOD.

    Good enough to make 3 CL finals in 4 years good and certainly good enough not to throw in the towel against a team with the less balls and less heart.

    My rant, my truthful rant, is over.
     
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