Yesterday I went to watch Slavia’s first game of the season against local rivals Bohemians Prague 1905. The match had started with some promise as Bohemians scored a well worked goal in the first minute and Slavia soon responded 15 minutes with a tidy goal themselves. We might as well have gone home there and then, the quality that followed for the next 75 minutes was woeful, misplaced passes, lack of ideas, no vision.. it was all very depressing. Maybe I am expecting too much from Czech football but I would put it on the same level as English League One.
Slavia Prague are screaming out for a goalscorer, they can pass the ball OK but there is no out-and-out striker, no outlet up top. It’s painfully obvious and I hope the Slavia management recognize this, in fact I wanted to run down to the touch-line and point this out to Slavia boss… “Buy a striker, play with width and give the team some urgency!!” Bohemians even had a man sent off (terrible decision by the ref, shocking display) and Slavia looked like the team with 10 men – 1-1 was a good result for Bohemians, this was shown at the end by the way the fans threw their pints of beer at the final whistle.
I was full of hope for Slavia this season after a disappointing year last year, but the performance yesterday felt like nothing has changed for them. I just hope this isn’t a parallel of how Liverpool will perform in the coming year, on the face of it if Liverpool can get through to September 1st with only selling Benayoun, Insua and Mascherano then we will still have a very good team. Reina, Johnson, Agger, Skrtel Carragher, Gerrard, Lucas, Aquilani, Kuyt, Torres, Jovanovic – this would leave us just needed a LB but with the 35-40m we would have raised in funds im sure a couple of additions will be made. Loic Remy looks like he could be on his way (a top striker) and Maynor Figureoa could be filling in at LB.
Liverpool also have the likes of Shelvey, Babel, Maxi Rodriquez, Pacheo, Ngog and Dalla Valle waiting in the wings and im sure Babel will be relishing the chance to play under Hodgson and get an arm around his shoulder, which he never got from Benitez. So, I don’t think it’s all doom and gloom at Anfield, the ownership of the club needs to be sorted out ASAP but im hopeful that Liverpool can break back into the top 4.. I definitely can’t see us out of the top 6.