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Re: Chasing the Title
« Reply #5880 on: February 21, 2019, 07:59:17 AM »
You don't tend to see it show up in form and performances until April.  This is when our warm weather training will really start to reap dividends and City's players will be tired and red lining.  Until then, we wait.

That's just complete speculation, or wishful thinking.

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Re: Chasing the Title
« Reply #5881 on: February 21, 2019, 08:16:42 AM »
Imagine they draw Spurs or Atletico next. You lot can't tell me that happening wouldn't be better than them getting knocked out. Draw spurs, then they have to play another team going for the title. The media would build it up to the high heavens. 'Best team in the entire existence of football' v 'Englands Heroes'. The pressure would be massive and they may just take one eye off the league. Especially since Spurs probably don't think they will win it and would fancy their chances in the CL more and City want the CL more. If they play Atletico, they have to play an absolute Unit of a team that will rough them up. They probably wouldn't even make it past them.

I for one would be happy to see all 3 English teams progress (United are already out). I just hope we dont draw them.
You don't tend to see it show up in form and performances until April.  This is when our warm weather training will really start to reap dividends and City's players will be tired and red lining.  Until then, we wait. 



As Caligula says, it is complete speculation. I've yet to see any actual evidence of it in practice.
Of course more games mean more 'chance' of an injury to their players, but that doesn't mean they will lose the games they will have to play.
They want the Champions League more than the league. In my opinion, them getting put out of that will have a worse affect on them compared to losing a player for a game against Fulham.

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Re: Chasing the Title
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Re: Chasing the Title
« Reply #5883 on: February 21, 2019, 08:35:34 AM »
As Caligula says, it is complete speculation. I've yet to see any actual evidence of it in practice.
Of course more games mean more 'chance' of an injury to their players, but that doesn't mean they will lose the games they will have to play.
They want the Champions League more than the league. In my opinion, them getting put out of that will have a worse affect on them compared to losing a player for a game against Fulham.

I disagree. The CL Quarter finals would be in and among their United and Spurs games. Would you not rather them going in to those games having had a midweek clash with a European heavyweight, rather than having a whole week to prepare for United or Spurs. In the Semis, they will almost certainly face a tough team.  They play Leicester and Brighton in among those games (final 2 games). If they are in the semis, they go all out for the CL. Leicester could get at them and Brighton at home, who knows - they may need a point or win to stay up.

Also, I don't think anyone can dispute the distraction them drawing Spurs would bring. For both. That would be a fantastic draw for us.
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Re: Chasing the Title
« Reply #5884 on: February 21, 2019, 08:48:38 AM »
I disagree. The CL Quarter finals would be in and among their United and Spurs games. Would you not rather them going in to those games having had a midweek clash with a European heavyweight, rather than having a whole week to prepare for United or Spurs. In the Semis, they will almost certainly face a tough team.  They play Leicester and Brighton in among those games (final 2 games). If they are in the semis, they go all out for the CL. Leicester could get at them and Brighton at home, who knows - they may need a point or win to stay up.

Also, I don't think anyone can dispute the distraction them drawing Spurs would bring. For both. That would be a fantastic draw for us.

I've highlighted the important parts in your post. Exactly as you have said, who knows? It's guesswork and supposition.

As I have said before, the perfect scenario for us in 2014 was Chelsea progressing to the Champions League semi final wasn't it? That meant that, with having no chance of winning the league, they would down tools against us as all their eggs are in the champions league basket. Our league game with them was sandwiched by the first and second legs of the semi final. So that's definitely 100% the best thing. Right?

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Re: Chasing the Title
« Reply #5885 on: February 21, 2019, 08:51:59 AM »
I disagree. The CL Quarter finals would be in and among their United and Spurs games. Would you not rather them going in to those games having had a midweek clash with a European heavyweight, rather than having a whole week to prepare for United or Spurs. In the Semis, they will almost certainly face a tough team.  They play Leicester and Brighton in among those games (final 2 games). If they are in the semis, they go all out for the CL. Leicester could get at them and Brighton at home, who knows - they may need a point or win to stay up.

Also, I don't think anyone can dispute the distraction them drawing Spurs would bring. For both. That would be a fantastic draw for us.

I've highlighted the important parts in your post. Exactly as you have said, who knows? It's guesswork and supposition.

As I have said before, the perfect scenario for us in 2014 was Chelsea progressing to the Champions League semi final wasn't it? That meant that, with having no chance of winning the league, they would down tools against us as all their eggs are in the champions league basket. Our league game with them was sandwiched by the first and second legs of the semi final. So that's definitely 100% the best thing. Right?

And I highlighted the really important parts in my previous post that you failed to recognize. Especially on the latter bolded statement. I don't see how that can't be beneficial. Two of our title rivals kicking lumps out of one another, the press fawning over the tie.

I'll be happy for them to get knocked out by a last minute own goal in the second leg of the semi final, preferably by us. Don't want them in a final. They have the quality to do it in a one off. Don't think they would get past Atletico or Barca over 2 legs.
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Re: Chasing the Title
« Reply #5886 on: February 21, 2019, 08:53:49 AM »
And I highlighted the really important parts in my previous post that you failed to recognize. Especially on the latter bolded statement. I don't see how that can't be beneficial. Two of our title rivals kicking lumps out of one another, the press fawning over the tie.

Chelsea played Atletico in the semis. A team of shitebags. How did that work out? We surely got the better of Chelsea in the league didn't we?

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Re: Chasing the Title
« Reply #5887 on: February 21, 2019, 09:15:08 AM »
Chelsea played Atletico in the semis. A team of shitebags. How did that work out? We surely got the better of Chelsea in the league didn't we?

I know I'd rather City facing a team of shitebags midweek than having a whole week to focus on how to beat the two teams in the league (other than ourselves) who, when you look at it on paper, you would say have a good chance of taking something from the game.

Get knocked out of the CL, they have to win the league or their season is a failure. It wouldn't be if they won the domestic treble - which they easily could.

As I said before, I  its in our interest they go to the semis and get knocked out there. We will have to agree to disagree on this one.

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Re: Chasing the Title
« Reply #5888 on: February 21, 2019, 10:07:02 AM »
That's just complete speculation, or wishful thinking.

Isn't that what we're doing here?  Speculating?  Neither you nor I know the future, so any statement about it is not fact but speculation.  8) 


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Re: Chasing the Title
« Reply #5889 on: February 21, 2019, 10:09:35 AM »
Excuse my ignorance, but is there a manc pre-match thread up yet?

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Re: Chasing the Title
« Reply #5890 on: February 21, 2019, 10:26:44 AM »
Chelsea played Atletico in the semis. A team of shitebags. How did that work out? We surely got the better of Chelsea in the league didn't we?

We finished above them, and chelsea didn't win anything, so yes - statistically speaking we did.

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Re: Chasing the Title
« Reply #5891 on: February 21, 2019, 11:28:01 AM »
I don't know if I'm right in saying this but I seem to remember that our Champions league run affected our league form quite significantly last season (draws with stoke and west brom come to mind). I don't know if that's right but surely it was a factor for us although admittedly we didn't have as big a squad last year as city do.
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Re: Chasing the Title
« Reply #5892 on: February 21, 2019, 11:37:13 AM »
I don't know if I'm right in saying this but I seem to remember that our Champions league run affected our league form quite significantly last season (draws with stoke and west brom come to mind). I don't know if that's right but surely it was a factor for us although admittedly we didn't have as big a squad last year as city do.

We only had 3 fit midfielders at that point, in the most important part of Klopp's system unable to rotate properly. Stoke we missed [Salah] an incredible chance early on and were denied a clear penalty. At West BRom we threw away a two goal lead.

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« Reply #5893 on: February 21, 2019, 11:37:34 AM »
I don't know if I'm right in saying this but I seem to remember that our Champions league run affected our league form quite significantly last season (draws with stoke and west brom come to mind). I don't know if that's right but surely it was a factor for us although admittedly we didn't have as big a squad last year as city do.

We drew with Everton too [the shame], and lost to chelsea.
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Re: Chasing the Title
« Reply #5894 on: February 21, 2019, 11:51:11 AM »
Excuse my ignorance, but is there a manc pre-match thread up yet?
What you want to do is find the thread for Rawk guest writers, see who put their name down to do the write up for the Utd game and then bombard the shit out of their inbox and tell em to get a move on.

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Re: Chasing the Title
« Reply #5895 on: February 21, 2019, 12:03:59 PM »
You don't tend to see it show up in form and performances until April.  This is when our warm weather training will really start to reap dividends and City's players will be tired and red lining.  Until then, we wait. 


What? You mean for the next month our players won't be at their best? Wait till April and it's city's. Lets keep it simple, win every game and at the end of the season we can all chat about fitness etc.

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Re: Chasing the Title
« Reply #5896 on: February 21, 2019, 12:05:50 PM »
What? You mean for the next month our players won't be at their best? Wait till April and it's city's. Lets keep it simple, win every game and at the end of the season we can all chat about fitness etc.

It's fine, City are planning on a warm weather camp in a couple of weeks so that they're ready for May.
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Re: Chasing the Title
« Reply #5897 on: February 21, 2019, 12:08:46 PM »
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Re: Chasing the Title
« Reply #5898 on: February 21, 2019, 12:13:29 PM »
What? You mean for the next month our players won't be at their best? Wait till April and it's city's. Lets keep it simple, win every game and at the end of the season we can all chat about fitness etc.

That definitely keeps it more simple.
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Re: Chasing the Title
« Reply #5899 on: February 21, 2019, 12:28:01 PM »
Yeah it's a load of rubbish. Playing a few extra games in the League Cup and FA Cup, albeit against weak opponents, hasn't impacted their form at all. And Guardiola went with a strong lineup in each of those games as well. It hasnt impacted Spurs' league form either and they have a paper thin squad. Neither of them look dead on their feet.
You don't tend to see it show up in form and performances until April.  This is when our warm weather training will really start to reap dividends and City's players will be tired and red lining.  Until then, we wait. 
That's just complete speculation, or wishful thinking.
"During periods where the schedule is particularly congested (i.e. two matches per week over several weeks), the recovery time between two successive matches can be between 2 and 4 days, which may be insufficient to restore normal homeostasis."
http://www.aspetar.com/journal/viewarticle.aspx?id=180#.XG6VY6L7Sig

Too many games absolutely does have an effect, and it's likely to be a worse effect the longer it goes on for, and it's very clear that the kind of schedule City in particular are facing falls into that critical '2-4 days' recovery time phase, a schedule that will be (assuming they stay in the CL) pretty relentless for them until the end of the season.

Shall we google some stuff about warm weather training and see what comes up? I don't know much about it, so we can find out more together...

https://ridefullgas.com/news-archive/5-benefits-of-warm-weather-training-in-winter/
"As the ex-head of British Cycling, Peter Keen, once said: “The bottom line is that the body does not get fitter through exercise. It gets fitter through recovery”.

https://www.sportscoverdirect.com/scd-blog/2015/10/30/warm-weather-training-benefits/
"During the winter we often see media reports about people suffering from a lack of vitamin D, especially amongst those that do not get enough sunlight, which is a natural source. Research has suggested not only that a lack of vitamin D can lead to sporting injuries but that the vitamin can actually improve muscle strength, speed, stamina and reaction time.

It is often said that a change is as good as a break and many of the benefits of warm weather training are psychological. I have already mentioned how it is easier to be motivated when the sun is shining but there are other benefits. Training away from the normal routine and away from work and other responsibilities can give athletes the space to refocus on their goals and objectives. Often athletes suffer from a mid-winter lull but exploring new training rides and meeting new people can give an athlete a much needed boost."

So, as well as the bit about recovery times (the bits which directly contradict your post about lots of games having no effect), we're talking about thinks like extra vitamin D, lower risk of injury and psychological benefits - less stress, change of environment etc etc.

Do these all sound like things that you're going to see immediately? Like 1 extra match in the weak = shit performance in next match? Or do they sound like things that are felt more over time, with increased injuries, players losing motivation, players being unable to recover from niggly injuries etc etc?

And if they're things that you're likely to see over time, do you think that you're more likely to see the benefit during a short term spell of 'form' or over a longer term, like, say, looking back at the end of the season?


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Re: Chasing the Title
« Reply #5900 on: February 21, 2019, 12:47:22 PM »
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Re: Chasing the Title
« Reply #5901 on: February 21, 2019, 12:54:10 PM »
We played Chelsea, who were basically out of the title race, bang in the middle of their semi final legs against Bayern. So no, that theory does not hold up.

There's a massive difference between what I'm talking about, which is a run of a number of games (over a dozen in this case), and what you're talking about which is just a single game. What I'm talking about is not even a theory, it's totally obvious. I didn't say anything special. Man City losing in the L16 that year totally helped them focus on placing all their energy on the league. Seeing how close it was in the end (fill in the blanks).

Now, for something more complicated, regarding that Chelsea example you noted. It's actually the opposite of what you're saying. Even though Chelsea won - Jose Mourinho played an extremely changed line-up, sat back with a double-decker bus and the onus was on us to win the game and we shot ourselves in the foot. In any case you don't expect any team to win every single game. Mourinho was actually happy with a draw and that draw would've suited us and his friend Rodgers to still win the title.
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Re: Chasing the Title
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Re: Chasing the Title
« Reply #5903 on: February 21, 2019, 01:29:53 PM »
"As the ex-head of British Cycling, Peter Keen, once said: “The bottom line is that the body does not get fitter through exercise. It gets fitter through recovery”.

That's why I tend to avoid exercise and live my life in recovery mode. I'm still not getting fitter though.
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Re: Chasing the Title
« Reply #5904 on: February 21, 2019, 01:31:23 PM »
Have a gut feeling we'll need to win Man Utd away in the next game in order to get the momentum needed to win this title race. This feeling is based on nothing but instinct, but it really feels to me like Sunday's game will be a pivotal moment in this title race. Feels like we need a big "moment" to get the type of momentum back we had around December.
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« Reply #5905 on: February 21, 2019, 01:40:04 PM »
Have a gut feeling we'll need to win Man Utd away in the next game in order to get the momentum needed to win this title race. This feeling is based on nothing but instinct, but it really feels to me like Sunday's game will be a pivotal moment in this title race. Feels like we need a big "moment" to get the type of momentum back we had around December.

I have that feeling too. But I have a bigger feeling that the key game is actually Everton away. We can still be top with a draw at Old Trafford, but if we beat Everton away that would easily create the feel-good factor and momentum we require going into the last 9 league games.
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Re: Chasing the Title
« Reply #5906 on: February 21, 2019, 01:46:26 PM »
Its not about gaining momentum, momentum wont win us games otherwise we'd have won it all in 13/14. We need to show our quality to try and win 10 of the next 12 at least.

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Re: Chasing the Title
« Reply #5907 on: February 21, 2019, 01:49:13 PM »
A win at United will probably drive us though the title, so bring it on!
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Re: Chasing the Title
« Reply #5908 on: February 21, 2019, 01:55:44 PM »
One win against them does not equal winning the title. We beat them on our run in 13/14 and in the end it brought nothing. It's not just this match, its every match until the end of the season.

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« Reply #5909 on: February 21, 2019, 02:06:33 PM »
One win against them does not equal winning the title. We beat them on our run in 13/14 and in the end it brought nothing. It's not just this match, its every match until the end of the season.
This win does not equal winning the title for sure, but this match is so psychological important, win or lose would probably have a critical factor to the title race. On paper it is our toughest game left and beating rival away is a huge morale boost, while losing to them would hand the initiative City so it would be really devastated.
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Re: Chasing the Title
« Reply #5910 on: February 21, 2019, 02:07:06 PM »
30 points from our remaining games should see us through.

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Re: Chasing the Title
« Reply #5911 on: February 21, 2019, 02:15:57 PM »
This Sundays game is only important because it's the next game.  The title wont be won or lost this weekend.

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« Reply #5912 on: February 21, 2019, 02:20:49 PM »
This win does not equal winning the title for sure, but this match is so psychological important, win or lose would probably have a critical factor to the title race. On paper it is our toughest game left and beating rival away is a huge morale boost, while losing to them would hand the initiative City so it would be really devastated.

And again we beat City,United,Spurs,Arsenal in our run in, all rivals, especially after we beat City, and whatever psychological boost it gave us was not enough. At the end of the day,a morale boost can only give you so much and the games against the likes of Leicester and West Ham for instance are just as important.

Football isn't played on paper as you already know so it's a moot point. Win the match absolutely, but too much is made out of the ''morale boost''. I want us to win for confidence sakes for our title run, but it guarantees absolutely nothing against Watford,Everton,etc...

We also beat United 4-1 at Old Trafford in 2009 when we were fighting for the title with them, in fact we beat them twice that year, it meant sweet fck all as we drew 12 matches that year and only lost two games.


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Re: Chasing the Title
« Reply #5913 on: February 21, 2019, 02:22:45 PM »
This win does not equal winning the title for sure, but this match is so psychological important, win or lose would probably have a critical factor to the title race. On paper it is our toughest game left and beating rival away is a huge morale boost, while losing to them would hand the initiative City so it would be really devastated.

When we beat city 3-2 with barely a handful of games to go in 2014 they didn't allow themselves to become devastated. They just ground out wins, and waited for their moment. I desperately want us to win this weekend, but let's not throw the baby out with the bathwater if we don't. Calm heads are what are going to prevail this year, amidst an insanely competitive race. I've seen enough from this squad and manager to believe we have our heads in the right place. Let's make sure we do as fans too.
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Re: Chasing the Title
« Reply #5914 on: February 21, 2019, 02:40:08 PM »
When we beat city 3-2 with barely a handful of games to go in 2014 they didn't allow themselves to become devastated. They just ground out wins, and waited for their moment. I desperately want us to win this weekend, but let's not throw the baby out with the bathwater if we don't. Calm heads are what are going to prevail this year, amidst an insanely competitive race. I've seen enough from this squad and manager to believe we have our heads in the right place. Let's make sure we do as fans too.

I totally agree. I heard someone say today "there's no way we'd come back from a defeat against United". There are several, actually!

For all the Guardiola-is-the-greatest nonsense floating around the world today, they've still lost four times this season. Anyone can beat them when they're on a bad day. They will drop points, and if we lose, we'd be level on points with them.




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Re: Chasing the Title
« Reply #5915 on: February 21, 2019, 03:10:07 PM »
I've heard an awful lot in the last week or so about how important this game is because pf Psychological impact it will have on us, City. Infact its taken over from the "bottled it" rubbish, but I can't believe it one little bit.
Fella said to me last night if we in this it will hit City for six. I'm sorry, but you're talking about a mentally strong team and manager who won't let that impact what they do one little bit
Listen, winning the league takes a strong mentality, very strong, you can't live by the one game at a time mantra one minute then next think if win, lose or draw that game it has a lasting effect on the next games, let alone impact someone else.
I've never believed the one game at a time line until this season. I always thought it was just a line trotted out. But its about mentality, its about conditioning players to focus.
If we beat Utd I'll be celebrating, but I won't for 1 second think it means the title is ours. This game is abut beating Utd, 3 points, 1 game less to go. Nothing else.



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Re: Chasing the Title
« Reply #5916 on: February 21, 2019, 03:12:15 PM »
I've heard an awful lot in the last week or so about how important this game is because pf Psychological impact it will have on us, City. Infact its taken over from the "bottled it" rubbish, but I can't believe it one little bit.
Fella said to me last night if we in this it will hit City for six. I'm sorry, but you're talking about a mentally strong team and manager who won't let that impact what they do one little bit
Listen, winning the league takes a strong mentality, very strong, you can't live by the one game at a time mantra one minute then next think if win, lose or draw that game it has a lasting effect on the next games, let alone impact someone else.
I've never believed the one game at a time line until this season. I always thought it was just a line trotted out. But its about mentality, its about conditioning players to focus.
If we beat Utd I'll be celebrating, but I won't for 1 second think it means the title is ours. This game is abut beating Utd, 3 points, 1 game less to go. Nothing else.

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Re: Chasing the Title
« Reply #5917 on: February 21, 2019, 03:49:48 PM »
I've heard an awful lot in the last week or so about how important this game is because pf Psychological impact it will have on us, City. Infact its taken over from the "bottled it" rubbish, but I can't believe it one little bit.
Fella said to me last night if we in this it will hit City for six. I'm sorry, but you're talking about a mentally strong team and manager who won't let that impact what they do one little bit
Listen, winning the league takes a strong mentality, very strong, you can't live by the one game at a time mantra one minute then next think if win, lose or draw that game it has a lasting effect on the next games, let alone impact someone else.
I've never believed the one game at a time line until this season. I always thought it was just a line trotted out. But its about mentality, its about conditioning players to focus.
If we beat Utd I'll be celebrating, but I won't for 1 second think it means the title is ours. This game is abut beating Utd, 3 points, 1 game less to go. Nothing else.

Good post.

The 'one game at a time' approach is crucial. It's how Liverpool always won titles. It's trotted out so much because it is true.

Fans of the game seem to have lost touch with this approach and everything now is all about boom or bust, triumph or disaster, total glory or abject failure. The media is to blame for much of that because they have to sensationalise every single moment, every game and every twist. As fans we can get caught up in all that and get lost in it. But players need to keep their heads clear of all that and focus on the only part of the season they can directly influence: namely the 90 minutes in front of them at any given stage.

Players have to put all their focus and energy into winning over that 90 minutes or so. Once that game is gone, be it a win, loss or draw, the focus goes solely on the next 90 minutes. It's all about focus and mentality. One step at a time, all the time. The focus always on what you can directly influence - the current 90 mins. You have to believe in your manager. Believe in your own ability and the ability of your fellow teammates and all pull together, game after game.

Single games only wreck your season (at this stage) if you let them. If the collective mentality of your team is fragile, setbacks will kill you. But if the mentality is strong you can learn from a defeat without it eating away at you. You can then box it off and move on to the next 90. A football league season can be looked at like a series of 38 jobs towards building a house. You don't worry over the roof while laying the foundations, you simply concentrate on the foundations. You get each job done to the best of your ability and you focus on one job at a time. In football, you have to do your job 90 minutes at a time. You also don't give a crap about who you are playing. All that matters is 3 points. If we win at the weekend, it's 3 points. Not a title win. Just 3 points. If we don't, well we will get straight back on the bike in the following game, because we are a strong club/team and our mentality is growing stronger all the time.
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Re: Chasing the Title
« Reply #5918 on: February 21, 2019, 04:10:13 PM »
Good post.

The 'one game at a time' approach is crucial. It's how Liverpool always won titles. It's trotted out so much because it is true.

Fans of the game seem to have lost touch with this approach and everything now is all about boom or bust, triumph or disaster, total glory or abject failure. The media is to blame for much of that because they have to sensationalise every single moment, every game and every twist. As fans we can get caught up in all that and get lost in it. But players need to keep their heads clear of all that and focus on the only part of the season they can directly influence: namely the 90 minutes in front of them at any given stage.

Players have to put all their focus and energy into winning over that 90 minutes or so. Once that game is gone, be it a win, loss or draw, the focus goes solely on the next 90 minutes. It's all about focus and mentality. One step at a time, all the time. The focus always on what you can directly influence - the current 90 mins. You have to believe in your manager. Believe in your own ability and the ability of your fellow teammates and all pull together, game after game.

Single games only wreck your season (at this stage) if you let them. If the collective mentality of your team is fragile, setbacks will kill you. But if the mentality is strong you can learn from a defeat without it eating away at you. You can then box it off and move on to the next 90. A football league season can be looked at like a series of 38 jobs towards building a house. You don't worry over the roof while laying the foundations, you simply concentrate on the foundations. You get each job done to the best of your ability and you focus on one job at a time. In football, you have to do your job 90 minutes at a time. You also don't give a crap about who you are playing. All that matters is 3 points. If we win at the weekend, it's 3 points. Not a title win. Just 3 points. If we don't, well we will get straight back on the bike in the following game, because we are a strong club/team and our mentality is growing stronger all the time.

Fantastic. Agree with every word mate. Totally agree on the media, its 24 x 7 they live and breathe by making every non story a story.
I'll tell you when it hit me about the one game at a time, Against Newcastle on the 27th Dec.
Straight forward victory, clean sheet, comfortable 4-0 win but there was a clip of the players walking off the pitch, a normal clip you've seen literally thousands of times. but there was a look on the faces I have never seen before. No smiles, no laughing, no messing and we were clear rat the top. It was look o concentration of not thinking this shit was easy, but kind of like "great result, but its over right who's next"
I'm sue everyone realised at one point or another we would make a title challenge. That was when I believed it. Since then I understood the game by game approach mentally.

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Re: Chasing the Title
« Reply #5919 on: February 21, 2019, 04:33:22 PM »
Its not about gaining momentum, momentum wont win us games otherwise we'd have won it all in 13/14. We need to show our quality to try and win 10 of the next 12 at least.
I think we'll need to win all of them.