As Chelsea take a 3-1 advantage over Liverpool to Stamford Bridge for the second leg of the UEFA Champions League quarter-final sure the tie is dead and buried??? that’s what the Italians thought as they popped champagne in their changing rooms at half-time in Istanbul as AC Milan lead 3-0 at half time in the champions league final in 2005 before Liverpool preformed the impossible to have great comeback to win the champions league final. Am not saying that lighting can strike twice or maybe three times in Liverpool’s case, but with Liverpool they just don’t know when to accept defeat and with Chelsea conceding three goals after being up 4-0 shows there could be possible frailties in the Chelsea back line. For the Liverpool to have yet another great comeback will require Steven Gerrard to have a much better game after being outperformed on all levels by Michael Essien the man Hiddink assigned to mark the Liverpool talisman out of the game who recently was called the ‘best player in the world’ by the great Zizou( Zinedine Zidane). The Ghanaian talisman has been inspirational in Chelsea’s great form recently and his battle with Steven Gerrard will in the second leg will play a big part in how the match is decided.
Alot of people have commented on the zonal-marking system Liverpool uses as part of the main reason for the 2 goals conceded in the first leg, and now totally ineffective. I am not the greatest fan of zonal-marking however it is the same system used by Liverpool to gain enough ground on Manchester united in the premiership that, surely it does not require any system to know that after a player 6ft + has scored a headed earlier on in the match that he if going to be a treat the next time there is a corner requiring defending, which should tell one of the many Liverpool players defending the set piece to pay close attention to him instead of leaving him free to scored a second. There is no system to counter this; it is purely poor defending, which if Liverpool does not sort out could leave Liverpool no comeback to record in their files of major comebacks.