Thursday, December 28, 2017
Jamie Carragher claims the Premier League is becoming a 'joke' because of the negative tactics used by smaller teams against the top six at home.
The former Liverpool defender made the controversial comments during Newcastle's defeat against Manchester City at St James' Park on Wednesday night.
The Mapgies, who were beaten 1-0 by the runaway leaders, were clearly set up to stifle Pep Guardiola's dominant side and barely ventured forward in the first half.
That prompted this rant from Sky Sports pundit Carragher: "Not just Newcastle but the Premier League in general, when they come up against the top six, certainly at home, it's becoming embarrassing.
"The Premier League now is becoming a bit of a joke league, with the top teams being so far ahead of the ones at the bottom. For those clubs, its almost like they are accepting they are going to lose the game, as long as it is only one or two-nil.
"The Premier League has been built on every team having a go, that's why everyone around the world wants to watch it. Will they keep watching if they keep seeing football like that?
"I have no problem with them sitting deep, I played under Rafa Benitez, and it's not just Newcastle, I've seen it virtually every week. There has got to be some sort of aggression, some sort of plan for winning the ball back and then going forward.
"It's seeing it at home. When every team came to Anfield they played like that, but at home, it's a sad state of affairs for the Premier League."