Now, it’s the turn of El Capitan. I don’t know the original source of this interview and have read different parts on different sites. I believe most of you must have read these comments but I will reproduce them for those who haven’t.
Throughout the game [at Manchester City in the 3-0 Carling Cup defeat last Wednesday], we had a lot of possession but didn’t really have anyone to go in behind the defenders, apart from Carlos Vela. We had a lot of similar players who like the ball into their feet. Sometimes it’s true that you need a different kind of option
Overall, I saw a Chelsea team that was normal but a team that has probably the best striker in the world, and that makes such a difference‚ an average team that has the best striker in the world can always do something and Didier Drogba makes all the difference to them. Without him, their team would not be the same. Perhaps we had the same kind of problem against Chelsea as the boys had at Manchester City, not really having someone whose game is to go beyond defenders, and we were a little small to fight against them on crosses, too.
In midfield you could see that, if we wanted, they could never take the ball from us.
The difference sometimes comes up front – we couldn’t take advantage last Sunday while they did.
It is an intelligent man’s opinion with an honest analysis of the games. He has talked about some problems we faced, strengths of the opposition and few weaknesses as well, thus giving fair observations about the games in a few words. Just too intelligent for the media in my opinion.
Only recently we had Arshavin talking about his lack of enthusiasm for the central striker role and the need for taller players. It was too frank and insightful. Earlier we had Van Persie talking about how he sometimes made the most of little contact from defenders. While we all know everyone does it, how many come out and talk about it?
The media almost always gives a negative angle to what our players say. I don’t have to remind you how they had ridiculed and maligned RvP. Most hacks have turned Fabregas’ interview into a demand for a tall striker just as they had done with Arshavin. All this adds to the pressure already on the team. It also increases the discomfort amongst the supporters.
Arsene did say in his press conference that one cannot take a player’s words literally, especially when they have been translated. How many papers carried that!? In this particular case, kudos to the Telegraph for shifting the focus to Chelsea being an average team in Drogba’s absence. On the other hand, try counting the number of people who have added to the negative vibes around Arsenal.
I am curious if this happens with interviews given by others player’s as well. I can’t really imagine Gerrard, Rooney or Terry giving such interviews. They give dumb interviews with meaningless generalizations. Their interviews also show a lot of confidence, however misplaced it might be. Remember the “feeling invincible” nonsense from Terry before they lost the moneybags derby. These players are hypocritical enough and have the ignorance to pull it off.
My point is why can’t our players consciously give generic interviews and avoid controversy. Surely an intelligent man can see the utility of talking dumb!