Before the game, if you had told me that we were going to get a 1-1 draw I would have been happy. I had actually predicted that the game would end 1-1. So I maybe happy that I got my prediction spot on but after the 90 minutes I am really disappointed with the result as we should have won this game with ease. We bossed the first half and large parts of the second half but were never able to get that killer second goal to put the game to bed.
To start off with, I was a bit surprised with the starting lineup Rafa went with: Reina, Arbeloa, Dossena, Agger, Carragher, Yossi, Mascherano, Alonso, Riera, Gerrard and Keane. With Kuyt being in red hot form, I thought he would start. But Rafa’s selection seemed to pay off as we controlled the first half and took a lead through a Robbie Keane goal. How Keane failed to make it two is a mystery to me! Why go for the fancy when you should just think about scoring the goal? I am not too sure who Keane was trying to impress with his effort just after he scored. I am sure Rafa gave him a serious talking to after the game and told him to leave the fancy stuff at home. When you 5-0 then you can try back heels but not when you 1-0 up away from home. But with that said, I am glad Keane got another goal under his belt. Maybe now he can start scoring more consistently.
Atletico seemed to come to the party in the second half when Aguero came onto the field. He provided them with more attacking options and they started to put us under pressure. They finally scored in the closing stages of the game thanks to an error of judgment by Carragher. Carragher should have just cleared the ball the first time and not allowed it to bounce. We were punished for some poor defending!
But with that said we still remain unbeaten this season and are still in a very good position to progress to the knock out stages. Of worry though are the injuries we picked up. Keane, Alonso and Gerrard were all taken off the field as they had picked up minor knocks and Gerrard was just physically tired. Hopefully they can recover in time for Sunday as that is the one that counts.
Reading the reports this morning, Rafa is not too happy with the result yesterday and he like me feel we let the game slip and we have dropped 2 points rather than gaining one. Maybe we play better if the opposition scores first!