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The Thoughts of Di Matteo - Liverpool (h)

Is it me or did something change the instant John Terry went down with a bad injury?

Was that the moment that things started to swing in the direction of Liverpool as we contemplated being without our leader for a long period of time?

Did the passing of the armband to Petr Cech see us lose that bit of drive and the enthusiasm that seemed to be seeing us take control?

Three questions that might spark a discussion!

But one thing is for certain, this morning we`re left to rue the fact that we didn`t take advantage of the chances we did create or of the sloppy passing that Liverpool were often guilty of and, in the end, we were left to hang on grimly for a point, thankful to Petr Cech for his coolness and ability.

After the final whistle and facing the press, Roberto Di Matteo gave his views of how he thought things had gone, remarking to the media,

"We needed to score a second goal to kill the game off and we had the chances to do that but missed the opportunities."

"A 10 lead is always dangerous and it was a poor goal to concede from a corner because we had our man-marking in place and Suarez pushed Ramires away to create the space to nod the ball in."

"Sometimes the ref spots those little shoves, sometimes they don`t."

"When United won here we had two sent off and they scored an offside winner and that`s a big advantage for the opposition."

"But we`re still playing well and creating chances and we`re in much better shape than in previous years and very close to our best."

"We`re still in the mix but the amount of games we have played in this period has some kind of effect."

It certainly has and one win in our last three Premier League games is cause for concern.

Let`s hope our annual bad moment hasn`t started early!

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The Journalist

Writer: Merlin Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday November 12 2012

Time: 4:44PM

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Please RDM, sir, start game with 4-4-2 with different set of players, our trio of genius looked really exhausted yesterday
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12/11/2012 17:08:00

4-4-2? Seriously???
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12/11/2012 17:39:00

He himself acknowledged the fact that the games are coming fast and the lads are getting tired, we've been playing a game twice a week over a period of time and that's not including the international friendlies and qualifiers, I am sure we can make things work better for us and it all depends on the coach
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12/11/2012 17:39:00

He has overachved at chelsea and the next 5 games are very important for all of us. I hope he uses more players in games and its sad to see some players who used to be comfortable on the ball lose their touch due to being benched.
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12/11/2012 19:01:00

ooff topic, marko marin starts for the under 21s today
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12/11/2012 19:03:00

RDM is sacking himslf slowly, good coaches dont use a single formation for every match, and also the same players.
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12/11/2012 19:19:00

RDM in my opinion is sacked already! Am not saying that because am one impatient fan but for the fact that with a collection of young creative players, I dont think we are getting the best from the team yet. And I don't see player rotation happening here which will lead to burn out way before the season ends. Reading the game, making appropriate changes and making the changes on time are areas I think RDM has not shown great skills. He seem to be a very good man manager which is a big thing added to that is his cool-calm nature which is also a good thing for the club considering we are always getting not very good press and an all out-there coach as AVM was would not good for us. I was happy when RDM was offered the job but always had doubt if he was ready for a big gig like Chelsea. Yes he won us the FA and Champion's league but I think that was more down to the hunger of the players mixed with the good RDM'S man managing skills. However, I don't see RDM still being our coach if the likes of Pep start looking for a gig so maybe he should be praying the Pep extends his sabbatical for another year.
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12/11/2012 21:28:00

My god its November, 3rd in the league and only 1 point behind second and 3 behind the top, 1st equal top of our group for champs league and people are talking about RDM getting the sack.. Seriously guys.. Are we really doing that badly? So many predicted a 2nd/3rd finish this season as being par given transition etc (which is still happening mind you). We need to calm down.
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13/11/2012 03:09:00

@Gaban - how would we survive with 4-4-2 when our 3 maestros arent that good defensively? Who plays where?
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13/11/2012 03:13:00

4-4-2? we only have Sturridge and Torres to play as STs. 4-4-2 is the worst formation we could use. Keep the 4-2-3-1 formation and in the worst case scenario use 4-3-3. What we need to do is start resting Oscar, Hazard and Mata. We should rest Oscar or Hazard against WBA and not play them at all. Victor Moses can provide good cover.
Drog of War
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13/11/2012 03:24:00

Suarez was virtually unmarked when he headed in the equalizer. I doubt this would be allowed to happen if Terry was still on the pitch.
Blue Day
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13/11/2012 05:01:00

Oh, my goodness! I cant believe some of us are already calling for the head of the coach, shows how fickle-minded you are. I will keep supporting the team no matter what happens, I have seen enough to believe in the future of this team.
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13/11/2012 06:06:00

@ Bluekiwi, no we aint doing that badly I think its just the nature of the draws we 've had and probably that El Nino is not scoring and RDM is still sticking with him rather than rotate. I am not advocating for him to be sacked now but I never thought RDM was ready for a big gig like Chelsea. I love the guy and hope he succeeds!!
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13/11/2012 06:06:00

blaming the Ref RDM?? is that denial I see??
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13/11/2012 06:16:00

you know a Manager is useless the moment he is in denial, blaming all else but himself. What variation has he brought, what "tactical nous" has he even imitated to show??
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13/11/2012 06:17:00

@mq, cmmon mate, he admitted that the players are already tired atleast he owned up to that part of the blame, he got his starting formation right most times, and the problem is that he sticks with underperformers atimes and refuse to make impressive changes, that is the only blight in this season, I am grateful that he integrated oscar into the team so fast, which is credit to him, but he needs to get torres off that team for starters, try sturridge or moses, I can bet on it that we'll be better upfront if nando aint playing
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13/11/2012 07:18:00

As for the 4-4-2 formation u guys are laughing about, I wonder why u think it can't work, we have the personel to make it work and it can be done if the manager knows what he is doing, he can do a 100% better job, if we are to play a formation I'll try it this way cech,cole,cahill,iva,cesar,mikel,ramires,oscar,mata,moses,sturridge/torres in my opinion, we have two defensive midfielders which is enough to soak in waves after waves of attack, we have a oscar who have goos passing skills and knows how to press, mata can be the midfield schemer and moses can be the main striker or play behind a striker in torres, and if torres don't work, we use sturridge, both strikers can feed off eachother and cause havoc with their pace and trickery upfront, hazard can come in for moses in the 2nd half.
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13/11/2012 07:26:00

We can also be brave if we want with something like this cech,cole,luiz,cahill,cesar,mikel,oscar,mata,hazard,moses,torres in this formation I kept oscar alongside mikel bcos of his passing ability, he can turn a game around by initiating a counter attack with his passing ability and accuracy ,mikel will just have to sit back and not surge forward as he use to recently, he'll stay as a shield and blocking 4 mata will be the orchestrator and hazard can play the free role in the middle of the pack, moses and torres can feed off each other, but the crack in this formation is that we can't excel with it againsta physical side if we are not ontop of our game, we'll be outmuscled off the ball, but if its perfected we can be very good to the point of outscoring our opponents so as for me, I won't mind trying it, it can work
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13/11/2012 07:36:00

The ref was okay in that match. We need to take the chances we get else, we start looking into excuses.
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13/11/2012 08:02:00

DESMOND it took a visit from Roman that Lamps was dropped and we saw Oscar, do you really think RDM would have done that going into a 'big' game vs Juventus?? He prefers to 'slowly' integrate players as we can see with Marin
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13/11/2012 08:37:00

I'm with you on the need for variation of formation and personnel, I actually thought it was 'weird' we played our starting 11 vs that League 1 club, I knew there and then that rotation won't come easy from the same man who just closing last season many were touting him as the "rotation master" I wonder where that talk gone too. Its evident he too timid
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13/11/2012 08:39:00

Carlo got his first season double due to the fact that he gave the lads some time out, I noticed we scored a lot of goals and all our attackers chipped in some goals, carlo rotated intelligently then and his success was because he had a good relationship with his number two in ray wilkins, so I don't know if our number 2 coaches are planning anything to help robbie on formation and tactics, steve holland and eddie look capable to me, so I am wondering why we are persistent and predictable
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13/11/2012 09:31:00

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13/11/2012 09:56:00
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13/11/2012 09:59:00

on your point about being predictable DESMOND I see Argentina is employing a 4-1-2-3 formation, which is basically a 4-1-4-1 variation and I wonder if we could try that to add more "scoring threat" and perhaps get our #9 scoring more goals by having more space. Ramires plays in the pivot, ahead of him sits Oscar and Mata (Oscar drops back when defending) and Hazard plays on LW with Moses/ Sturridge at RW but going upfront to help Torr-Mented1 (like Messi going to 'assist' Higuain) that'd still give us some balance and yet maintain our attacking talent, then RDM can sub and rotate during the course of the game
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13/11/2012 10:17:00

@mq, don't believe everything u see in the news. Most of it are thrash talk, u should learn from the hulk debacle. They are lying thru their teeths most times
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13/11/2012 10:26:00

Missed chances proved costly for us really only if we had a consistent striker.
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13/11/2012 10:35:00
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13/11/2012 11:47:00

There's no smoke without fire though (unless from Dailyfail) DESMOND but I get your point, I sincerely hope this is true
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13/11/2012 11:52:00

Desmond your formation sounds more 4-2-2-2 (Or 4-2-2-1-1). Whos the wingers? Mata/Oscar?
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13/11/2012 21:52:00

The only way it could really work would be midfield of Hazard/Moses on wings. Sturridge/Torres up front (or Hazard playing off one of the ST?). Oscar and Mata are better centrally and both are fairly weak defensivly so cant see how they work in such a formation. they would leave too much work for the oth CM if eother were paired with say Ramires whom would have to be one of the CMs seeing hes the best box to box player we have.
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13/11/2012 21:55:00

The best thing is we all agree that we have a striking problem that needs to be sort in January as I had said in August.
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15/11/2012 08:29:00

We need to sort the same in January as I have been saying it
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16/11/2012 11:11:00


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