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Liverpool: Chelsea Masterclass? I Don't Think So!

Liverpool: Chelsea Masterclass? I Don't Think So!

Vital Liverpool member higgeldypiggeldy gives his take on what happened against Chelsea at the weekend...

A Chelsea masterclass - is that what we witnessed at the weekend? Really? Well, sorry, I'm just not buying it.

Have I been hit full in the face by a large tub of sour grapes? I don't think I've been blinded in such a way either, otherwise I never would have been able to see the 10 blue shirts permanently camped in the eighteen yard boxes at Anfield.

Admittedly, one can't argue about the destination of the points but the pundits are rolling out the same lines about Chelsea and Jose Mourinho's brilliance and I'm going to rally against it.

Have we really just been handed a football lesson? On what exactly? How to defend with 10 players behind the ball while hitting long and high balls to a lone forward.

Is that tactic so difficult to coach, so sophisticated in its approach, that we are unlikely to see Norwich or Cardiff, or any team managed by Sam Allardyce for that matter, attempt such a ploy due to its complexity?

Surely only the elite teams - those in the Champions League presumably - would consider lining up in such a way?

I don't think so, and I bet Real Madrid aren't missing those type of tactics this season!

Don't get me wrong, it was a below par performance by the Reds but I would argue that we were not out fought or out thought in any way. The only area we were second best in was lady luck.

Mourinho is most definitely the master when it comes to some rather unsavoury aspects of the game: the art of anti-football, game management (or unsporting and time wasting behaviour in other words) and not forgetting hypocrisy.

He may be a long time waiting for that respect he thinks Chelsea deserve and I can't believe the game on Sunday did much to win over the minds of the neutrals.

Thankfully all the class on show was from Brendan Rodgers.

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Date:Tuesday April 29 2014
Time: 9:25AM


that's tactics but our coach got it all wrong knowing that even a draw will be a good result. but why attack attack and attack that's why Mourinho is master class Rodgers need to learn
29/04/2014 09:46:00
@Tala it was "attack attack attack" because Ghulam said so on Vital Chelsea ..lmao ..@ higgeldypiggeldy , as to whether it was a "master class" , check out the result
29/04/2014 09:56:00
LOL who cares about neutral respect?! we care about 3 points!! put it this way you got your style! we deployed a style to beat yours! thats a masterclass! like it or not! label it what you want! but nowhere in the football rule book does it say that you must only play by all out attacck! football is your tactics against ours! and regardless of what you may think about our tactics! on the day they were better than yours! and its obvious for all to see cos we got the win! what did your great style of play get you?? so in that sence yo were given a masterclass in tactics!! especially as you may now not win the league! saddest thing is you didnt even need a win! maybe had you employed our tactics youd be lookin at a premier league title! but you didnt! #YNWAPL
29/04/2014 10:00:00
did you lot get the official liverFOOL memo?? its no loger YNWA now its #YNWAPL YOU'LL NEVER WIN A PREMIER LEAGUE
29/04/2014 10:02:00
You must not have watched Real Madrid vs Bayern last week coz for the majority of the game they did the same. After 90 mins possession was 28%-72% in favor or Bayern at the Bernabeu! A tactical masterclass has nothing to do with the aesthetics of the game. It focuses more on harnesing your teams strengths so as to prevent the opposition from performing at its best while taking advantage of slipups and frustration and consequently, winning. Liverpool was naive to go for an all out win when you consider this is not the first time Chelsea have played this way. A draw would have been enough. You have to be able to swallow it when your philosophy might not be adequate and try something else if you really want to win. That's why JM was better than BR at Liverpool.
29/04/2014 10:34:00
As a Swansea fan I read your article with interest and a bit of amusement. Football is about finding a way to win and Mourinho did just that. And by the way Real Madrid did exactly the same last week against Bayern Munich...just 30% possession and that was at home. At his time with Swansea Brendan Rodgers had a plan A and rarely a plan B. Against Chelsea the team ran out of ideas and proceeded to cross from deep areas instead of working the ball through to Suarez's feet and let him turn. As far as time wasting goes Jamie Carragher said last night that the old Liverpool teams were experts at slowing the game and killing the opposition and wasting time. Whether you like it or not Mourinho did a job on Rodgers and Liverpool and your manager had no answer.
Phil W
29/04/2014 10:36:00
It was alright for Rafa`s team to defend its way to 2 Champions League finals, but when another team defends then simply picks you off, the cry babies don`t like it. Never mind, just attack individual Chelsea fans as they come out of the stadium, that`s the answer. Nothing changes. Scum.
29/04/2014 12:32:00
Mourinho got more than he expected from this game. He went into the game determined not to lose. That he won was an added bonus that had little to do with any tactical masterplan. Pulis, Allardyce, Phil Brown et c., get routinely disparaged for playing the same way. It's percentage football and sometimes the percentages go your way.
29/04/2014 13:10:00
I'll hold my hand up here and say I was wrong. Thanks for the comments. Since re-watching the game and having seen this there was definitely a little more in this game plan than I first perceived. It certainly nullified Liverpool's attack, however, I am left wondering where on earth a goal will be manufactured from with this setup as it looks to rely heavily on a mistake or perhaps a set piece. And that begs the question, just how different is that to West Ham or other teams that Mourinho has been critical of this season. Will defo take a look at that game at Madrid too, thx Phil W. I'll be watching the semi final second leg to see just what Mourhino has planned.
Paul Higgins
29/04/2014 13:30:00
To Liverpool fans, I apologise for Blueheart.. He himself has no class . and is not representative us at Vital Chelsea . My humble apologies for his less than humane attitude.
29/04/2014 14:22:00
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