An hilarious quote I got from Telegraph.co.uk:
“Can you imagine Italy hiring an Englishman to run their national team? Nor can I. But at least under Fabio I’m sure you will go farther in the World Cup than for ages. So congratulations, England – you’re the new Jamaica.”
The Premiership is great to watch. Fantastic speed. Great tackles. But I’ll watch the El ClÃ¡ssico today to witness some real football.
No wonder Liverpool fans start to find the Premiership boring..
Maybe they are giving up waiting for something..
the league title? :D
But maybe true. Many analysts say that English players lack skill and suffer from a mental block.
Liverpool is the most “latin” team among the top 4. Liverpool is a major force in Europe (5 CL + 2 finals in 3 years) where a different kind of football (i.e. based on skills and invention) is played compared to England (i.e. based on speed and strength).
Yesterday I couldn’t watch El ClÃ¡ssico but I watched the Milan derby. The football was very entertaining and the goals beauties. Players like Ibrahimovic, Cruz, Jimenez, Cambiasso, Nesta, Kaka and even Inzaghi are artists. And, in my opinion, they would have found it difficult to play in England because of the alternative football being played there.
So, I have to admit that, maybe, Liverpool is not English enough. But, personally, I couldn’t care less as, for me, the Champions League is the holy grail.
It’s so much satisfying to play against Deportivo, Olympiakos, Monaco, Leverkusen, Juventus, Chelsea and Milan AC to win the Champions League that to play against Derby, Wigan, Sunderland, Fulham, Birmingham and Middlesbrough week in week out.
Avinash Gunessee says
But to win the English title, you have to play 38 games, and avoid more than 4 defeats to win it.
In the champions league you can afford to lose games (group games + 1 of two legged games). So, while comparing we can say that winning the English Title is much harder than Champions League. ;o))
And while watching Inter play yesterday, I have to say…. Liverpool fans have to prepare for a torrid time at San Siro. hehehe
Patrick Ng says
Just like you, I’m a Liverpool Fan. And while I like them to win the Champions League once again, I also want to see them win the League title too. It’s been a long time. I will try to be patient. After all, Manchester United waited for 25 years before winning it again. I remember teasing my friends (in college) saying :”You have not seen you team win the league since you’ve been on this planet.” Now, it’s my turn to wait.
The “rivalry” between fans from both sides is fun. It’s friendly, and fun. I miss that. In Canada, football is not the number one sport, and therefore, when my team win, I don’t have anyone to rub it in, nor have anyone to rub it in when Liverpool lose.
To Avinash G:
Both are tough. Winning the Premiership is tough. And winning the Champions League is also tough. My point is that English teams do not, in general, win the Champions League.
The only way to explain this is that the football played by the English teams is not suited for Europe.
Of course, there are exceptions like Liverpool in 2005 (and 2007) and Manchester in 1999 (nearly 10 years ago) but what have Arsenal and Chelsea done in Europe? Nothing substancial. Especially compared to Real Madrid, Barcelona, Milan and Juventus.
As for Liverpool’s match against Inter, I also think that it will be epic. Inter looked formidable yesterday. Imbrahimovic and Cruz are fantastic.
This said, I would also love Liverpool to win the Premiership. We have been waiting for 18 years. This is still less than the 25 (or 26?) years Manchester United supporters waited :-)
Patrick Ng says
One thing for sure, Houllier knows how to beat Manchester United. Under his management, Liverpool managed to beat United more than a few times, including a wonderful goal from Gerrard.
Al Fred says
That’s what every Liverpool supporter should say: LFC always starts the season with a 6 point deficit at the beginning of the season (yes. Manure double LFC season in season out). So when do you want them to win the Premiership?
Catchup game till it’s already late?
man utd r top of the league!!
happy new year mate
Avinash Gunessee says
Now the game “Catch us if you can begins” ;o))
for a minute i thought weeds just became free in england!
Jeff Lloyd says
You forgot to post something on the 16th December 2007