by Dimples » Fri Jan 20, 2023 2:29 pm
Pep took responsibility last night, said it was his job to sort things out - I agree
He stated clearly what he thought the problem was, that the edge had gone, so had the drive to keep winning, (him, players, fans) - I agree
He called out that Rico was targeted, that he got no protection (ref and our players) and we should be responding to that - I agree
He stated we had to contest every tackle, every ball, that the drive and hunger had to come from within - I agree
He said we were lucky to come back and win. That it was the exceptio not the rule. - I agree.
Pep saying we should protect Rico does not mean you slap a loaf on the Ref and the Spurs player and get a Red card.
It means you coldly and cooly extract revenge over the course of the game, the dark arts, a la Fern.
We can not do what Casemiro does because we would get red cards but there is more than one way to skin a cat.
If we started doing that, word would circulate and teams would start getting the message.
At this moment they can kick us to bits and not worry about the any consequences.
That is on the players.
When I played (at a very low standard but the same principle applies) if the opposition behaved like
cnuts they were treated like cnuts, you waited for the right moment, went in and made sure that it hurt, a lot. No Red cards.
We also got after the ref, over every decision. Close to the line but never over it.
The above was not expected from every player because not everyone could do it, everyone is different and brings something unique to the collective,
but we always had at least three players who could dish it out and would back each other up. It was always enough.
The great and dirty Leeds team of the 60s/70s came to mind, Bremner and Giles were excellent footballers but if you tried any rough stuff with them you
were going to pay with pain. Same with Lee, Buzzer, Doyle, Book, etc....
Football has not changed that much, the same rules apply. People need to know that if they mess with you, you will not take it lightly.
And if you want to achieve difficult things in life you need to consistently give it your best shot. We are not doing that this season.
I thought Pep's post presser was great. What do you want, a Klopp type one?
Of course the media are going to distort what he said.
They will negatively distort anything he says and positively distort anything Klopp and Ten Bob say.
Anybody who pays any heed to the media is misguided.