Attack vs Defence
With Porto winning the Champions league and Greece winning Euro 2004 we have seen how teams with “lesser ability” triumph in major competitions. We all want to see great attacking football, but it seems that if you cannot defend you can no longer succeed in major competitions. We saw a treat example of this in the Chelsea v Barcelona game. Barcelona were excellent going forward but they were poor at the back and that is the reason why Barcelona are not in the last eight of the champion’s league.
We have two English teams left in the champion’s league, for me, this is the greatest cup competition in the world. No so called “expert” will give Liverpool a chance, whilst they perhaps right tip Chelsea to go all the way. Both teams have done really well in Europe this season, and this is not surprising given how well they have defended throughout.
If Liverpool and Chelsea mange to avoid each other in the next round I would fancy both teams to progress in to the semi-finals because they can both defend, and defend well.
In summary, the winner of the champion’s league will be the team who can defend and not simply attack.