What's your take on our reaction to THAT Ibrahimovic tackle?
Slated, criticised and discussed up and down the land, Chelsea's initial reaction to the Zlat...
Slated, criticised and discussed up and down the land, Chelsea's initial reaction to the Zlatan Ibrahimovic tackle on Oscar on Wednesday night has caused debate from TV Pundits, other professional footballers and through the newspapers. I want to know what is YOUR own opinions on our reaction that night?
We have heard from many people on this. We sat and watched Greame Souness slate us for it with a passion on the night, followed by Jamie Carragher. We have since heard Zlatan himself state that he felt as though he was surrounded by "Eleven Babies!" and the press and media have jumped on it big time.
I want to give you my opinion here to see if you agree. Now it's important to remember that in the Stadium and on the pitch you have to take things as you see them at normal speed. My initial reaction was that it was a bad tackle, coupled with Oscar's scream and personal reaction, you have to understand as to why the Chelsea players reacted the way they did.
It looked like an awful tackle and the Referee already had his red card out based on what he saw, BEFORE any Chelsea player approached him!
Now, after seeing a replay of the tackle I can see that it's not as bad as first feared and they both went into the tackle as bad as each other. Oscar's foot was raised and he was as much to blame as Ibrahimovic but it was the big Swede that caught him.
In my eyes it was a booking and nothing more. Never a sending off but once again I stand by what I have said. On the pitch, at normal speed and based on Oscars' reaction to being hit by Zlatan, you have to understand why the players reacted as they did.
It makes me laugh to hear people such as Paul Scholes and Jamie Carragher speak of our reactions. This is a Manchester United player who thrived under Sir Alex Ferguson and was taught to literally contest EVERY SINGLE decision that went against them. You do not have to look far to find images or footage of Scholes and his team mates doing it on numerous occasions year after year.
Then to Carragher. Even Steven Gerrard has come out and defended Chelsea here and stated that everyone does it or has done it at some stage.
We have to forget TV footage in moments such as these. We have no official sitting in the stands with TV replay footage at his disposal as someone the match Referee could turn to before he makes a decision! We have to go based on natural reactions to incidents that happen before our own eyes at match pace.
What do you people think here? Do you see where I am coming from here or do you have an alternative opinion?