Liverpool FC manager Brendan Rodgers was a tad bit upset after his side’s 2-0 loss to Chelsea FC and complained that the Blues parked two buses at Anfield. Liverpool only needed a draw against a Chelsea side that was willing to sit back and absorb pressure and counter but somehow contrived to lose by two goals and lose control of the title race. They also added to the significant gap in goal difference between themselves and Manchester City to six goals before City’s 2-0 win at Crystal Palace today.
Brendan Rodgers was asked if his side would ever play the way Chelsea, or rather Jose Mourinho, does and he responded by saying, “what do you think? Jose will show me his CV and say it works but it’s not my way”. Well Brendan, it might be time to defend a bit considering his side has conceded 46 goals in 36 games, a full twenty more than Chelsea, even if they have scored 96 goals so far.
Brendan Rodgers was not happy with Chelsea’s tactics and compared them to Crystal Palace:
“What do you think? Jose will show me his CV and say it works but it’s not my way. Jose has got his result today, credit to them. Its the opposite of how we want to play. Its not difficult to coach. They were very deep. There were two buses parked today, never mind one. [Chelsea's tactics] have prepared us for Crystal Palace. Long balls, long throw-ins, players behind the ball.”
Rodgers even had the audacity to call out his former mentor by complaining about the way Chelsea won by saying that “Jose has got his result today, credit to them. Its the opposite of how we want to play. Its not difficult to coach”. That is the main criticism of the defensive football Chelsea plays that is the simplest of football tactics but many tend to forget that it takes a tremendous amount of discipline and effort to actually make it work. Jose Mourinho demands discipline and effort from his players and makes that known from the start. Some players, and evidently some managers, simply have a hard time appreciating that and refuse to accept defeat with grace.
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