Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Right Tactics, Wrong Execution for Liverpool
Times Online, May 24th, 2007 4PM

MOST READ

MOST COMMENTED

Wednesday night's 2-1 loss to AC Milan in the Champions League final must have been a bitter pill for Liverpool and its manager, Rafael Benitez, to swallow. Probably the better team in a game where Benitez's tactics dominated the flow (or lack thereof), Liverpool did a far better job of neutralizing Milan's attack on Wednesday night than it did in Istanbul two years ago, where it took six magical second-half minutes to put the Reds within sight of a team it never looked like catching.

In Athens, the tables were turned somewhat, says former Ireland star Tony Cascarino, writing for the Times. Liverpool put the stop on Milan's flowing midfield by clogging the center with holding midfielders Xabi Alonso and Javier Mascherano, who gave by far his finest performance in a Liverpool shirt. Mascherano kept Kaka as quiet as one could hope for each of the 78 minutes he was on the field. It's no coincidence that four minutes after he was taken off for Peter Crouch (why not Alonso instead?), Kaka threaded the crucial pass that led to Filippo Inzaghi and Milan's second goal.
 
Speaking of Crouch, Cascarino points out that Liverpool was unable to match its control of the center with effective attacking play. If you're going to go with a lone striker, why pick the shortest striker in your deck over a 6-foot-7 giant? Indeed, had Crouch been in lurking in the box instead of Kuyt for 90 minutes, Jermaine Pennant's complete dominance of the right side of field (especially in the first half) might have born fruit. As it was, Kuyt never looked like winning much in the air (until his late goal), Boudewijn Zenden looked too injured to do anything, and Steven Gerrard, for all his endeavor, was out of sorts playing the Kaka role. Rather, he could have used someone like Crouch nodding down high balls into space.

Read the original story...



No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Section 2 Around the Net
Cavs weather storm to down VCU    
No. 5 Virginia won its fourth straight game against VCU, but thanks to Penn transfer Sam ...
Ferdinand: Moyes' Tactics 'Embarrassing'    
Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand launched a scathing attack on former coach David Moyes in ...
Critic Apologizes to Saints Fans     
Southampton, many critics' pick to be relegated this season after selling so many players during the ...
Inter Crushes Sassuolo, 7-0, Again    
Inter Milan made up for its disappointing 0-0 draw away to Torino on the opening day ...
Simeone Hails Atleti 'Strength'    
Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone hailed his team's "strength" as the defending La Liga champ beat ...
Reports: Hamburg Coach Running Out of Time     
The German press claimed that Hamburg SV coach Mirko Slomka is running out of time, as ...
AC Milan Goes Top Following Nine-Goal Thriller     
AC Milan climbed to the top of the Serie A standings on Sunday following a thrilling ...
Wenger: Wilshere Back to His Best    
Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger said that Jack Wilshere is finally back to his best following the ...
Calderon: Ronaldo Could Seek Man United Return    
ESPN reports that former Real Madrid President Ramon Calderon believes Cristiano Ronaldo will return to Manchester ...
Freshmen show off talents in 'fantastic' Big Ten showdown    
No. 8 Wisconsin won a battle of unbeaten Big Ten teams when the Badgers defeated No. ...
>> Section 2 Around the Net Archives