For the second week running, Liverpool FC has realised less than impressive results in the Premier League. The Reds were last night hammered 3-0 by a confident Manchester City who were for the first time playing in front of their owner Sheikh Mansour.
The hosts proved to be more than what Liverpool could handle even in the absence of star players like Shay Given, Emmanuel Adebayor, David Silva and Mario Balotelli. The Citizens now sit pretty in position 4 two points behind Chelsea with only two matches played.
It’s always fascinating to hear or read what the winning and losing managers have to say in their post match analysis and Roberto Mancini’s comments were no exception. Beating one of the top four teams is never an easy feat and the earlier you do it, the better.
Speaking to Sky Sports, Mancini expressed delight on their crucial victory.
“First off I think we had a fantastic night for Manchester City. I am very happy for everything. I hoped we could have a good game because he [Mansour] is here for the first time, it is important.”
“I think for us it is important to improve game after game because I think we need to gel and we need the time to make a strong squad.”
Liverpool’s Roy Hodgson was equally gracious in defeat stating that his side should have given more of themselves.
“I thought we lacked the cutting edge in the box. I thought we passed the ball around quite well, I thought we lacked the cutting edge and unfortunately we lacked the organisation I would have liked to prevent them getting through us down that left-hand side.”
It still is very early in the season, however, i am a big believer in the saying the first governs the rest. Liverpool are now 16th in the league table with a single point fro two matches.
After one of their worst seasons last year, no one really thought they would put up a decent challenge against Chelsea and Manchester United this season and their first two matches seemed to have confirmed that.I highly doubt whether they will even finish in a top four spot this season.
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