Sorry Manuel Pellegrini - Football is a results business!
Ahead of this past weekends games, Manuel Pellegrini aimed a dig at Chelsea and Jose Mourinho abo...
Ahead of this past weekends games, Manuel Pellegrini aimed a dig at Chelsea and Jose Mourinho about our style of play. It's funny though because now, a couple of days later, Manchester City seem to have let the title slip from their grasp!
Before I go on to give my view on here, this is what Pellegrini said when he spoke about the title race. He said:
"It would be very disappointing if either of the two teams who scored the most goals don’t win the league. For football, for the fans, for everyone it would be disappointing.
I think that the most attractive football, the more goals you can score, should be rewarded.
I’m not saying it’s not important to defend very well because, of course, football is about attacking and defending. But big teams must play as big teams.”
I am sorry Pellegrini but with the pressure of expectation and the financial rewards in the game now, you have to realise that football has turned into a results business. Points on the board are what matters and you should be able to grind out results by trying to be as defensively solid as you are potent in attack.
You ask any football fan, ask the Liverpool fans right now, if you were given four 1-0 wins in their remaining games by playing defensive football, if they would take it? They would bite your hand off without a second thought.
What happens if, after these comments, City finish third in the League? Despite scoring the amount of goals they have, they still do not win the league, does that mean the City fans would be happy in missing out but would think to themselves "never mind because just have a look at how many goals we scored".
Yesterday, as I posted in my last post, Chelsea didn't play as well as I know they can. They never looked like being able to score three, four or even five goals past Swansea but kept at it, and ground out another three points by winning the game 1-0. Those three points have taken us within two points off the top of the Premier League with Liverpool to play at Anfield.
At the end of the day the team that finishes at the top of the Premier League have a right to be there and were the best team because they scored more points than anyone else. You can score all the goals you like but you need to be a complete team that can also defend when push comes to shove.
If that is Liverpool so be it. If that is Chelsea, then fantastic. Football is a results business and if you fail to win the Premier League next season I'm sure you will find out the same way as Roberto Mancini did.