For the first time in a while, a result of ours has haunted my dreams, I haven't been able to get rid of the uneasy feeling after what unfolded yesterday and the whole work day I have thought about posting in this thread, mainly to vent my thoughts.
I can't work out if I am pissed off at just how bad we were after going 2-0 up or whether Madrid are simply levels above us right now, I think it is a bit of both.
We did exactly what we needed to do with those first two goals, I for the first time since losing Mane and Nunez came in thought our front three were getting to grips with the press. Nunez, Gakpo and Salah it all seemed to click and they were starting to link up well together as well as playing their roles well, Gakpo was comfortable coming deep and holding up the ball, Nunez and Salah making the runs in behind, it was all going so well.
However, unfortunately, the front three is not the spine of the team and that spine is where we were most exposed, Henderson was a step off it, the young lad got too comfortable in possession not fully appreciating who he was up against and the cost of a turnover. VVD and Gomez were pedestrians through the middle and just did not show any reason to have confidence in them moving forward tbh.
I wasn't happy with the substitutions if I am being honest, like for like when the game is near enough finished already didn't make sense to me, go for it gung ho, one goal can get the crowd back, and one goal could have easily led to two, to do this we need more attacking players.
I have always told other fans this team can do no wrong for me, they have got so much right and made us fans so happy the last 5-6 years but that performance last night for me was the last straw, they really need to get their sh*t together and this summer needs to be a big one. We have too many passengers in the team who do not have it in their legs anymore nor their mind, we are no longer mentality monsters I am afraid.
We will be back though, who knows might cause an upset in the return leg, crazier things have happened!