I agree tbf. For me nobody will beat that Barca team. It was the best team football has ever seen. And that supports the argument that the standard isn't as high as it was in 2008, because Ferdinand, Vidic etc shut them down at Old Trafford brilliantly. So you'd assume they'd be able to handle the current City, Liverpool, Madrid and Barca teams.bman2 wrote: ↑2 years agoI think the quality of football at the moment is just not that high, and it's especially obvious when you look at the poor quality of the defending of even the top teams. Has the attacking football gotten much better? I'm not convinced that this season's Man City would have gotten much joy out of Evra, Vidic, Rio, and Neville, or out of Mourinho's original Chelsea or Benitez's Liverpool. Same goes for Liverpool, with the exception that in Salah they have a player playing out of his skin. City now are not nearly as good as Barca were when we were facing them in the CL.
I think the attacking quality is similar, it's more a case of shitter management. Like the game management from the players aka when to attack and sit off isn't as good. Liverpool and City need to go further in the CL more often to get that experience of how to win big games, like how we pissed our way to two european finals with Park and Valencia. It was a team that was lacking in quality but it knew what it had to do to win. It had an aura of inevitability that once we got ahead that was that.
It also comes down to management from the bosses. Klopp is too rock n roll. Last night he chose to twist rather than stick which was naive and could have cost em. The only time I can remember him playing more cautious was against us at Anfield. And Pep is struggling to get passed the quaters with top teams, so he needs a rethink.