Ugh. As you can see in these highlights, that’s a really harsh result on a team who have now gone five games without a win.
If that didn’t convince you, though, how about these stats:
Bummer. There’s not really any important negatives beyond the result to take away from this game, unless you count our back four watching what they assumed was an offsides player score as we have been sort of want to do, or the inexplicably bad giveaway and lapse at the end there. Palop, what are you spending all match thinking about?!? Saying too much about either goal, though, is a bit harsh on our defense who I thought overall played really well. Although it’s certainly possible I’ve been conditioned to appreciate even mild idiocy as excellent defense.
Positives: Navas and Perotti both had really good games against a solid defensive unit–it was nice to see our wing play flourish again. Kanoute, despite that one miss, continues to defy age to be an anchor and consistent source of goals and inspiration for the team. And Rakitic…I don’t know what to say, really, other than that I am very much looking forward to seeing him develop as a player and as a part of our team. He’s truly world class, and on my first good look at him, offered a lot of defensive support in the middle of the pitch in addition to wonderful ball control, movement, passing, vision, and even free kicks. Medel wasn’t flashy, but very effective as well. If we ever need a change of pace in the way of a 4-2-3-1, DZ and medel playing behind Perotti/Rakitic/Navas, and any of our 3 strikers, would be a formidable lineup.
It’s worth noting that our two January signings look early on to be solid buys, especially in the context of certain preeminent sports journalists including Monchi’s lost magic as part of our obit. I know we lost here, but in my opinion reports of our death have been greatly exaggerated.