I'm not going to get into a tactical breakdown of the game here, we'll save that for later after we've had a little time to digest what transpired today. For now I'm just going to hit on a few quick bullet points of things that caught my eye in this one.
- Petr Cech is worrying me. It's been pretty nice to not have much of a concern in goal the last 7 1/2 seasons, but I'm starting to worry about our keeper. He's been a little shaky dealing with crosses for years now, but the last few weeks have really seemed to highlight this problem. In all reality, the Cech that we all know and love would have kept three clean sheets in our last three fixtures.
- Fernando Torres looked pretty decent today. There really wasn't too much more you could have asked from him. It was old-Torres like that he even managed to get that early shot off even if the thing went right at the keeper. His holding off the defender is the only reason Mata put us ahead, and he might well have put us back on top if the linesman hadn't incorrectly ruled him offside.
- The center backs looked pretty good. I can't really even fault them for the goal, because had Cech made the correct decision they were positioned perfectly to stop any sort of rebound opportunity. Should have had a clean sheet, but shit happens sometimes.
Three points out of our last three games is certainly disappointing, but we've been the better team for the majority of those three games and without a few questionable goalkeeping decisions would probably be looking at three straight 1-0 victories. The realistic outlook here is probably third or fourth this season with a pretty massive turnover looming this summer, so for now let's just try to sit back and temper expectations a bit. This isn't the safest part of the table at the moment, but I'd guess we have far more in the way of reinforcements coming than do Arsenal or Tottenham. Relax...It will be ok.