Spoilers for the results of Wrestlemania 30 ahead. If you don’t want to know what happened, stop reading now.
- Razor Ramon (aka Scott Hall), during his induction speech into the 2014 WWE Hall of Fame
According to the stats on Soccernet’s Gamecast, Bayern had 74% of possession throughout the entire match. SEVENTY FOUR. This means that they had the ball for almost three-quarters of the match, or 67 minutes worth of possession.
Read the opening paragraph again, and allow the statistic to sink in. Done?
Watching Man Utd play tonight was absolutely frustrating. Every time they regained the ball, they almost immediately lost it within seconds to Bayern. This was mostly due to the players’ insistence of playing long balls. And each time, more often than not, the long ball attempt failed, and Bayern would regain possession. The German team would then hold on to the ball for about a minute, Man Utd would successfully clear their attack, only to promptly lose the ball again upfield. Repeat multiple times, and that was a summary of Man Utd’s performance.
It doesn’t take a tactical genius to figure out that the longer you retain possession, the longer you manage to hold on to the ball, the higher your chances of scoring. The only reason why Man Utd managed to take a 1-0 lead was because of a lucky set-piece play, a headed corner from Vidic. Even after taking the lead, the defence and midfield were STILL USING the same old tactic: instead of retaining possession and denying Bayern the ball, they kept on making the same mistakes: long ball, long ball, long ball, lose possession again, long ball.
It was no surprise that Man Utd’s lead lasted a mere eight minutes, and Bayern quickly equalised through some smart play by Mandzukic and Schweinsteiger. I knew at that moment that it would be impossible for the Red Devils to find another goal, not with their dreadful state of passing and possession.
Look, I understand the principles of playing long balls: they are a high-risk, high-reward type of pass, the complete opposite to the low-risk, low-rewards of short passing. But long balls only work if the player making the pass is good with long passes, and the receiver of the long ball knows how to move into position to receive it.
The entire match, I did not see one successful Man Utd long ball that lead to a clear, goalscoring opportunity (Welbeck’s one-on-one with the keeper does not count, it was due to a clearance error by the Bayern defender). Only a complete idiot will continue using the same tactic over and over when it clearly DOES NOT WORK.
Bayern already have a crucial away goal, Man Utd must win the second leg at all costs to progress. Good luck Moyes, you will clearly need it, and some divine intervention from the Long Ball Gods if you want to win at the Allianz Arena.
Update (1 April 2014): shark0week0 has pointed out in my comments that I had used the wrong dictionary to derive “February” from the term “更衣”. After some checking, he’s absolutely right. The correct kanji to represent the month of February should be “衣更着” instead. I sincerely apologise for the error, I’m still quite new to translation work.
Original (29 March 2014): If you were watching Kill la Kill on Crunchyroll, you may have noticed that the translators did not translate Ryuko’s ultimate form, Senketsu Kisaragi 「鮮血更衣」. My friend, who had been watching the series via a fansub group called Underwater, told me that Senketsu Kisaragi was translated by them as “Senketsu Fashion Week”.
I am probably going to get a lot of negative comments about this, but I strongly feel that it needs to be said: the final episode of Kill la Kill was disappointing for me.
This post contains some spoilers for the undead faction in World of Warcraft.
I decided to play a Horde character, because I’m quite sick of playing Alliance. I chose undead because I have read that their starting quests are one of the best in the game. So after naming my female undead Warrior after a highly popular anime character, I returned to Lordaeron (again), but this time on the Horde side.