Rafa will never play the all out attack, he has a history of coming from behind in title races as he believes his rotation methods and superior fitness will grind teams down and we will get stronger whilst others tire and their injuries mount up. He also saves people for the second half of the season. Plus he knows he can get by with lesser players in Europe this year keeping players fresh for the league. Rafa wants the perfect balance. The best attack and the best defence. We had the most shots last year! If something is not right, rafa will compensate and will be cautious. 2 draws may be worse than a win and a loss but the psycholigocal damage of a loss may be very negative for the team.
Rafa will never go all out, the clean sheet is everything and gung ho football will never feature, we are pragmatic, cautious, tactical and drilled.
If people want and desire arsenal or united's brand of football they might as well look elsewhere and there is no point in pining for it, it will not happen at LFC.
There are parrallels to be drawn with valencia. Look at the criticism he received there and he drew with lesser teams in spain but finished strongly and delivered when it mattered.
I expect us to fall back even further and that is probably where our fans will ditch us but it will also be the perfect time to strike, we are better when from behind, when our backs are against the wall and we have to deliver. Second will still be real progress and it is all well and good blaming some draws we have had but we were not good enough to win so we have to move on.
We have Torres to come back, Keane and Babel to click and the best all round footballler in the world who is also the biggest big game player of them all.
We have a particular style and an approach and we have to accept it as it will not change. People want to see emotion, raw football skills and all out attack whereas we are a crushing machine, a ruthlessly efficient unit where the manager plans every detail.
Many fans give the impression that they would go in for a half time team talk and shout and gee up the players harry redknapp style whereas in reality the top managers rely on tactics and to compete on all fronts you have to be special and tactically aware and probably only a few managers are capable of winning the cl or the league in england even if they were managing chelsea or united.
Saying the players arent up for it is ridiculous, the players who feature for us regularly have pride, the whole world is on them, they need no extr motivation. If we act like nervous wrecks just watching the bloody game imagine what they are like on the pitch.
It has the makings of one of our best ever seasons yet the fans are disgruntled. If we lose a couple of games and drop to 2nd and look like staying there the fans will be pissed off and boo, how spoilt is that! Lets enjoy what we are doing and roar the players past the finish line.
We are what we are, accept it!