Gary Neville's tactical analysis of Liverpool vs Arsenal
The make-up of [both Liverpool and Arsenal] is wrong. If we're talking about these two teams going up and challenging for Champions League titles and championships, it’s not going to happen. They're a long way away.
We’ve danced around the issue that it's encouraging that both teams play decent football but neither understand how to stop goals going into the back of their own net. They do not understand how to defend their box and they do not understand how to stop people playing - and that is a massive problem.
So the idea that these teams are playing nice football needs to be forgotten. It's a given that teams play nice football, that's what top teams should do, but they also have to stop the opposition playing at the other end and they're not doing that.
Arsenal were tactically all over the place on Sunday and in the big matches, teams slice through their midfield like a knife through butter. They have too many technical players who don't have bite.
For as much as Liverpool outplayed them yesterday, Arsenal were terrible in midfield from a competitive point of view, and from stopping the opposition playing.
Flamini throughout the game was a commentator, pointing and shouting at everybody. He looks to do every other person's job for them but the one job he's there to do, stopping the ball getting played into midfield, he failed to do regularly. I don't think he's got the quality to look after everybody else's job and look after his own as well.
Flamini neither screens nor presses. Top midfield players screen well and press well. No one appears to be listening to Flamini. I don't see anybody reacting to what he's saying.
I feel like we're being brainwashed into thinking teams have got to be either technical or horrible to play against. The best teams in the world are horrible to play against. You're not going to win the league or Champions League just by having technical players; you have to have a team of balance.
Nail, meet head.