This is Pep’s worst start to a season EVER! We are always susceptible to giving up a goal because we play high risk, high line, high offence football, so they 3rd goal is a must. When we score one, we usually spend the next 10 minutes passing around like the game is over, because we are waiting for the other team to open up, because they usually come to hold the 0-0 and once it’s gone, what’s the point?! However, with the quick break at Palace, we quickly got the 2nd and went in at half time flying. Coming out in the 2nd half, it was clear Palace were a different proposition, and that one goal would turn the crowd, which was already rocking, and possibly the momentum of the game. Ederson made two superb saves (Benteke header and Zaha shot) to help relax the sphincter, but we simply should not be relying on not losing a goal in the last 10 minutes to win comfortably. With a 3 goal cushion, we can play simple football and LITERALLY rest for the rest of the game. Sure, the lads are running around, but it becomes a training session, not a full blooded away contest where one goal could change the course of the game. Because we can play it around, the other team has to open up, we exploit the space and we can go in and out, in and out, of offence all day long until an opening presents itself...no pressure. No pressure usually means no lunging, stretching, and chasing, which also means less fatigue injuries and muscle strains, and on and on and on. We all know how we feel at 3-0 and how we feel at 2-0 against a big team with a target man and a couple of tree trunks in central defence. It’s another reason Pep spends half the time the other team is in our half shouting “no foul, no foul!” There are numerous games this season where we should have been out of sight before there was any late game pressure, and we have lost and drawn 2 and 1 respectively...none of which should have happened. However, in games where we are winning, dominating and yet not capitalizing on the dominance and chances we have created, we are inviting pressure where none should exist. Palace away as a win is a good day of work any way you slice it, but we will face sterner tests and the profligacy in front of goal in those games will cost us dearly. I think Pep is simply trying to get the guys lifted and hungry to play the bottom feeders in the group after a tough away game, but there is real stats behind his statement that we are simply not good enough, or more specifically, clinical enough, to win the Champions League this season. Hopefully, others will agree and we will not carry the burden of favorites throughout the tournament again, only to disappoint all concerned.....except UEFA!!!