- May 19, 2013
I don't think you can point to a loss before Christmas as having a lack of winning mentality in the title race. From either teams. With this as you well know people are generally talking about the "business end" of the season.I don't see it. It could have got to us, but where was City's mentality when they lost to Palace and Leicester? When they lost to Newcastle after closing the gap on us?
These type of decisions generally even themselves out over the course of a season. I'm sure if I looked into it enough I could find examples of a decision going Liverpool's way that should not have leading to them getting a win they may not have gotten without that decision. As I'm sure if you wanted to you could look at decisions going Citys way and point to that as having a huge impact on them winning the title. However when you add all these up for most teams it comes fairly close in the decisions they got that they should not have and decisions they maybe should have gotten that they didn't.It's tiny margins in these games. We were awful against Everton before Christmas while chasing, but got the win in the luckiest fashion imaginable. We drew with Leicester, but were denied a stonewall penalty and Maguire equalised when he should have already been sent off for a professional foul. We didn't deserve to beat Leicester, but generally titles are won with you winning games you don't deserve to. We didn't deserve to beat Everton, but we did. We didn't deserve to beat Leicester in terms of how we played, but they got away with not having a red card and then giving away a blatant penalty for a foul from behind on Keita, that would almost certainly have seen us take 3 points.
City have won the most amount of league titles of any team the last decade. Even if they draw or lose that game and lost the league no you could not label them bottlers because they have already won the league. In that case the narrative would be Liverpool won the league rather than City losing it. City have proven they are not bottlers. As yet Liverpool have not proven they can go and take a league title.Did City tear Leicester apart or play great, confident football in their penultimate game? No, they ended up having one player hit and hope, and hit a once in a lifetime strike that he will probably never replicate again, and even then, with a minute left, Leicester open them up and miss a sitter. If Leicester had grabbed that equaliser, would that be City "bottling it"?
Don't get me mixed up. I'm not claiming Liverpool bottled the league Most people claiming it don't actually believe it themselves but are simply winding up Pool fans. I'm simply saying that I don't think they have the same mentality as a team like City yet who if they were in Liverpool's position would not have thrown away that lead. Does that mean Liverpool bottled it? No but it also means they do not have the same mentality in regards to getting the job done that City do.Maybe we wouldn't have won all the games we did if we had been leaving, it's pure speculation.
What we can say is that calling a team bottlers, who just got more points than any team has ever had to win the title bar this season and last season, while losing 1 match all season to the champions, and winning 9 of their last 10 matches, is fucking idiotic.