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HOPE and Predict

Posted by horasio on April 11, 2009

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15 April 2009, Rabu dini hari nanti, Liverpool akan menjalani second leg perempat final Liga Champions menghadapi Chelsea di Stamford Bridge. Agregat 1-3 terasa cukup berat. Namun hal itu adalah keadaan yang harus direspons setiap tim untuk menunjukkan kualitasnya. Tertinggal defisit gol berapa pun, The Reds diharapkan kembali bangkit untuk meneruskan kiprah mereka di pentas Eropa.

Carragher kerap menjadi yang terdepan untuk merespons situasi sesama rekan-rekannya di Anfield. Terkenal sebagai si “Batu Karang”- Carragher memiliki reputasi untuk ceplas-ceplos bicara sekaligus tegas. Sebagai vice captain, komentarnya jelang partai melawan Blakcburn di Premier League akhirnya berbuah manis dengan kemenangan besar 4-0 bagi Liverpool. Rafa Benitez pun beruntung dapat menyimpan skipper Steven Gerrard dan bek Skrtel. Sementara 2 gol dari Torres dirasa cukup untuk kemudian mengistirahatkannya jelang midweek depan. Agger yang tampil di jantung pertahanan menyumbangkan sebuah gol, sebelum ditutup oleh stiker muda asal Prancis, David Ngog. Mascherano juga sudah tampil. Amunisi yang memang sangat dibutuhkan Liverpool demi menciptakan lini tengah yang solid.

Hasil pertandingan melawan Blackburn (Sabtu/11 April) ini sudah cukup untuk memberi efek positif seputar kepercayaan diri The Reds. Di samping itu tentu saja terus memberi tekanan pada pimpinan klasemen Manchester United.

Press conference dari http://www.thesun.co.uk

Benitez said: “We needed to play well and score goals and we didn’t concede against a team good in the air so it’s a very, very positive result.

“I’m pleased we scored four goals and we were able to rest Steven Gerrard and change some players towards the end.

“In the first half and the second half we had two or three very clear chances so we could have scored even more.”

Surely now few can doubt Liverpool’s hopes of lifting the Premier League crown after they dictated with slick moves and regular scoring opportunities.

Torres took just five minutes to conjure one of the classiest goals of the season.

He chested down Jamie Carragher’s long pass and hooked a fierce volley from the right angle of the box into the top far corner.

Javier Mascherano soon burst through – staying on his feet when he perhaps could have gone down for a penalty – before forcing Paul Robinson into a fine diving save.

Torres somehow fired the rebound high as Liverpool continued to produce some of their best football of the season, notably with sweeping play down the left.

Dirk Kuyt went even closer, timing his run perfectly to meet Emiliano Insua’s curving cross but heading it straight at Robinson from six yards.

So once again it was left to Torres to provide a fairer reflection of the first-half play, outjumping Christopher Samba on 33 minutes to thump home a near-post header.

Tireless Mascherano almost notched a deserved third goal before Agger marauded forward in the 83rd minute for the type of sensational finish typical of Liverpool’s confidence.

Substitute Ngog promptly stole on to Xabi Alonso’s header to underline why Liverpool believe they can pip United and Chelsea to the title.

on the day..

on the day..

Hasil 4 gol tanpa balas menunjukkan jika lini depan semakin membaik?

Susunan pemain :

Liverpool: Reina, Arbeloa, Carragher, Agger, Insua, Benayoun, Mascherano, Alonso, Riera, Torres, Kuyt. Subs: Cavalieri, Dossena, Gerrard, Lucas, Ngog, El Zhar, Skrtel.

Blackburn: Robinson, Andrews, Ooijer, Nelsen, Givet, Mokoena, Dunn, Kerimoglu, Warnock, Treacy, Samba. Subs: Bunn, McCarthy, Grella, Khizanishvili, Villanueva, Olsson, Doran.

Lantas,..bagaimanakah gambaran pertemuan dengan Chelsea nanti?Yang di sementara waktu akhirnya ungggul 4-3 atas Bolton Wanderers ? (setelah sempat memimpin 4 gol tanpa balas)

Pertama, Chelsea tidak akan diperkuat kapten Jhon Terry. Ini setidaknya mengurangi 30% kekuatan barisan pertahanan The Blues. Artinya, semua kembali kepada naluri penyerang Liverpool untuk mendulang banyak gol. Berharap koordinasi Steven Gerrard bersama Fernando “El Nino” Torres dan Kuyt  dapat mengkreasikan banyak peluang. dan tentu, semoga Xabi in form dengan dukunga Mascherano. Gempur Chelsea langsung ke jantung pertahanan.

Semoga, trend banyaknya gol yang tercipta di premier league pekan ini akan menular di ajang Champion. Training is a must..and need a lot of Ammo and Back up plan. So, messages to Babbel, Benayoun, and Dossena…also be sharp, mates!

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