Re: UEFA Champions/Europa League 2012-13 Thread
joke of a campaign, but there's one obvious thing that's missing from us right now. the lack of a winning mentality, especially in european competitions. sounds off for a team that is 30 odd games unbeaten in the league, but something changes when we play in europe. the players are incredibly tentative, they don't play the the fullest of their abilities, in most cases only half. why we had such an awful second campaign compared to a first, i don't know. ironically our best performances were against the top seeded team, and our worst against the lowest. the club just seems to be lacking that winning culture, which takes so long to develop. seen it so many times, a club that suddenly starts winning can just freeze when they get into big matches, and that seems to be what's happening. just see how we coughed up the lead last season (only to have it so giftwrapped back for us).
i don't understand why, but some very good footballers at this club turn to pub players when playing teams outside the premier league. whether that's their fault, they're just not good enough or it's the managers fault, probably a combination of all three. i'm not too annoyed really, and hopefully this campaign makes them want it more next season, but time is running out, for both manager and players. next year there must be progress.