Loyalty and patience, two undervalued concepts.
- Jul 16, 2007
We had to cope with Enrique's (full season so far), Sakho's (since two months), Agger's (since two months) and Johnson's (one month, before that semi-fit) absences. Before that, Flanno was out for around a month as well, and Kolo (33) had niggles to contend with after his great initial start, before having to start every single game these last months, due to all these injuries.redandwhite3 said:fair play to you tonight. massive win that puts you three clear of spurs. you deserved it though your comedy of defence kept it intresting but what attack you have. 66 goals this season . you and city play more exicting football in the league.
still if you had decent defence you and city be top two in the league this season.
i be amazed if you play toure ahead of agger against us on sunday. he a comedy waiting to happen. guys a legend for us but he and skirtel are like laurel and hardy at the back for you.
Add to this Allen's injury (about three months) from which he's just about to recover, and Lucas' one (four weeks now, still three weeks away from coming back), and you can see that all heavy injuries we've had to cope with this season have hit the defensive positions and the defensive midfield, which is also key to defensive stability.
Our attacking line has had to cope with absences as well (Suarez suspended initially for five weeks, Sturridge injured for two months), but still enjoyed more continuity thanks to Sterling and Coutinho (bar a month or so at the beginning of the season) staying fit and going from strength to strength.
Bottom-line: injuries can go a long way to explain why we have lacked better defensive strength. Another reason might be that the focus has been very much directed at scoring goals. There have also been the odd and unpredictable errors occuring. But that's not something which can be coached I think, rather a psychological issue imo, at least when a trend sets in.