What a shambles PSV were last night against Liverpool. They were playing like a pub team and Liverpool took them apart. Granted they were missing Alex, desperately, but as Yan Molby said on Radio 5 Live “the Arsenal supporters.. what they must be thinking …that they could not beat this lot”. And that is exactly what was probably in many Arsenal supporters’ minds watching the game.
Liverpool had in addition two other necessary ingredients during the game. Goal scoring ability and proper defending. Not that the latter was really needed but as we always say “good defending, like good refereeing, always goes unnoticed”. And when you compare Arsenal’s defensive performance against the same team then you know what we mean. And as far as goal scoring is concerned we all know how ineffectual Arsenal were in their tie with PSV and of course for the whole of this season.
Can Liverpool go all the way? They are certainly capable and they have now bolstered their midfield with a very important player –Mascherano- a player Arsene was interested in signing a few seasons ago after he was impressed with him during a pre season tournament in Amsterdam.
Chelsea have the toughest tie in our opinion. They are not as penetrating as they used to be when they had Joe Cole and Duff. Joe Cole is likely to be on the bench tonight and with Robben not available then their options, especially if they need to turn the game round, will be limited. Trying to play through the middle, as they have tried to do this season by signing Ballack, will jeopardise their chances. But they are a strong team with determination and when you are strong in these areas things can happen for you.
Manchester United will be bolstered by the return to the squad of Saha. But is he fit? Will he play? Probably not. so their attacking options are very limited. Add to this the absence of Vidic with O’shea playing in defence tonight and it does not look good for Man United.
Good luck to them all.