re Gerrard's tiredness. We agree that in the last 2 years he's not had much rest periods. But as you said, the Cup was 13 May, and the first WC match was June 10. That's several weeks off in my book
I suspect, that unlike you, I'm ignoring training sessions when I say he had time off.
Either way, it's a WC quarterfinal - if he can't get the energy from somewhere then there's something wrong. Which is why I attribute it more to a mental issue with him, not physical. Again, his penalty was a truly pathetic effort - have you ever seen him take a kick like that before?
Now, I don't wish for your mind to be boggled any longer
so I'll try and explain what I meant about the difference between defender tiredness and Gerrard (though I suspect you know full well
60, 70 minutes into a game and all players are tired. Their reaction times are a little slower, their recovery periods are slightly longer. Bring on a pacy player like Lennon and he'll cause all sorts of problems. But I repeat, did he actually do anything with his runs (with the one notable exception)?
The Gerrard tiredness I understand you want to attribute to him is a general tiredness, right from the kick-off, where right from the beginning he was only at 90% freshness. Like I said, I'm not convinced. According to the Eurosport website he played 44 matches in the 2005/6 season, which isn't a huge total.
And yes, Sven had many failings, which is why I wrote "His biggest failing". I'm not a fan of his at all.
But for me, the bottom line is despite/because of Sven England got to a penalty shootout of a WC quarterfinal playing 10 against 11, and the players failed to convert from 12 yards. It wasn't Sven who got himself sent off, it wasn't Sven who missed the kicks. It wasn't Sven when Lampard failed to make decent contact with the ball when he had his half chances (which he does week in week out for Chelsea). Oh, and I think this tournament has probably scuppered his chances of a big money move to Barcelona!
PS I checked the Champions League penalty shootout, and Carra was not one of the takers then. Curiouser and curioser........