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Discussion in 'Bluemoon forum' started by Tricky_Trev, 2 Feb 2020.
Ha. There’s some fucking ironing.
Did not say it was not happening simply that it is not the only reason we are losing games we dominate.
Again, if we had a better conversion of chances to goals we would have scored the goals that changed our draws and losses into wins despite the biased decisions we could all relate.
The chances were generated by good City play not donated, the opportunities were missed by our strikers.
Professional sport at the highest level has very fine margins. It's said and heard all the time. It could not be more true. And it's mostly Psychpological this season in my view.
Big decisions in important games (against big teams) aside:
- the tactical fouling tag
- the freekicks given against us for small or sometimes imaginary infringements (especially around our penalty area)
- the lack of free kicks given for us for 50/50s or even definitive fouls
all of the above causes loss of momentum in games.
Ruling out sterlings goal in 2nd game injury time causing city to lose points and be behind liverpool so early on means affecting the mindset of the players from literally almost the start of the season.
Getting unfair treatment in most games when your main competitors get beneficial treatment sits in anyones mind, players and manager included regardless of how mentally tough they are.
It would dishearten anyone knowing they are being handicapped.
So a combination of:
- Tactical fouling tag (creating doubt in players mind about tackling anyone, anywhere on the pitch, at any point of the game)
- Pressure of being behind liverpool most season from the very beginning
- Feeling disheartened by getting unfair treatment against every team, including your main competitors and all the while Livarpool getting the helping hands - (accepting that maybe its not their season)
You can fight all these psychological effects in one game or over a short period of time but over a longer period, it takes its toll and players who are misfiring are low on confidence due to all those things.
Then the injuries and loss of a strong leader have their own impact. But in my opinion, these would be negated if the players did not lose their confidence as above. Instead, the effect is multiplied.
On the opposite end, the opposition like Livarpool have had favourable treatment, favourable decisions and helping hands to keep winning, keep ahead of the competition which again psychologically makes you very confident and makes you think you are invincible. This would normally be followed by complacency which has crept in their game more recently but with the helping hands, they are just about overcoming it.
The fine margins that usually make all the difference are making all the difference. Next season, everyone starts from 0 again and with some luck with injuries and good recruitment, fine margins might not matter so much to us (here's hoping).
...and midfielders too.
Don't think we can claim a perfectly good winning goal in the Champions League, Aguero was definitely offside. But Tottenham's third shouldn't have counted so we should still have won.
Even when we do put the ball in the net, it gets "incorrectly" disallowed on a consistent basis, without conclusive evidence of offside or handball, against the teams who might be able to make us wobble from time to time.
Other teams who struggle to put the ball in the net (e.g. Livarpool) occasionally when we make them wobble get handballs and offsides either not referred to VAR, classed as "inconclusive" or simply ignored completely by the officials, VAR and the media.
That's not factually correct as all offside decisions are subject to camera frame rates, selective judgement of when the ball is played and also the viewing angle. This has been proven beyond any shadow of a doubt, offsides are not binary decisions with the current implementation of VAR, there's a significant margin of error (which there isn't and wasn't in that specific case either), then there is no conclusive evidence to rule the goal out.
My initial feeling was that it looked offside, but as the saying goes "facts don't care about your feelings". In an identical situation Salah looked offside this season at Anfield against us, ignored, still 3 months or whatever on and we still haven't seen the VAR images or lines because they simply don't exist and if they did would show Salah offside with he current implementation.
It's double standards of officiating, VAR implementation and media reporting whichever way you wish to look at it.
Agree C. sorry I should have said those who decide they have a scoring opportunity and take it.
I agree, all this happens I just think we could have adsorbed it and still scored more goals to offset its impact.
Banging your head against a wall with 1894, he only sees VAR as the issue. I agree with you completely that our strikers are guilty of being wasteful ( on an industrial scale) but we sadly lack a leader on the pitch . Kompany dragged us to be champions last season and prior. De Jong was another i would love to have back and be in his prime