Episode 1359: Keys To City Win, Silva Gold, Kompany Man, Klopp’s Midfield Blind Spot, Thierry Henry On Handball
City hauled Liverpool back within striking distance after a win that was low on goalmouth incident but high on nearly every other measure of quality.
xG map for Man City – Liverpool
What a game. Classic example of how basically any result is possible in a match where two good teams play well. pic.twitter.com/1Yi33SLwvJ
— Caley Graphics (@Caley_graphics) January 3, 2019
Fine lines, narrow margins: one ball hangs over the line, the other skitters across it. Man City, Liverpool, and a title race between two teams separated by millimetres https://t.co/xMZbWhd73E
— Rory Smith (@RorySmith) January 4, 2019
What were the keys to City’s victory? How did they prevent Liverpool from turning and playing? Where does Bernardo Silva get the energy?
Were Liverpool too cautious? Does Jurgen Klopp have too much faith in a trusted midfield trio? Can Joe Gomez come back to fitness soon enough?
We are joined by Raphael Honigstein to pick out and shame the biggest losers and bottlers of the last 24 hours.
Lovren was the difference tonight.
— Raphael Honigstein (@honigstein) January 3, 2019
Plus there’s Thierry Henry on the handball, Silva’s growth, Ben-Hur and nutmeg debates.
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Chelsea started the season brilliantly, but last night’s 0-0 draw with Southampton at home means more dropped points, and they’re now suddenly vulnerable to the Man United express.
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Brian Kerr looks ahead to 2019 and yet more games against ‘those Danes’
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