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I think the crucial thing is that we must score. I don't know if Rafa will be content to play our normal game, let them come on and look for the counter, or he will send them out with a more attacking brief. As usual the first goal will be important, as if it goes Chelsea's way, we are in trouble. Will Essien be back for that match? He is looking strong, and could tie our midfield up a bit more than the first leg. To my shame, I was really hoping some Chelsea players picked up a 'knock' today, I know it is wrong, but I really want to get another final. I think Barca might turn Man Utd over you know!
"As usual the first goal will be important, as if it goes Chelsea's way, we are in trouble."
If Chelsea score the first goal, you have to score to stay in the match. If Chelsea don't score, you still have to score to stay in the match. Chelsea scoring a goal makes less difference than Liverpool scoring.
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Thank you for pointing that out. I wrote the post assuming that anyone with half a brain would understand that, but if you feel you need to clarify the point - go ahead. I had hoped the lines before I mentioned the first goal being crucial would qualify the statement - namely that it is difficult to call whether Rafa will send us out to sit deep and counter attack, or be attack minded straight from the off. Hence, whoever gets the first goal totally dictates the game. If Chelsea get it, we will not have the luxury of sitting deep, and seeing if our 'normal' game works, we would then have no choice but to play on the front foot, if we go ahead, then even if we were attack minded to begin with, we could decide to put the shutters up!
Hope this makes the intent of the post a bit clearer.
And thanks once again Robert