So I started to watch the mancs play the easiest knockout game in the ECL, but had to laugh when I saw the snippet that said this, it was talking about granny shagger Rooney and the snippet said this makes 50th CL APP tonight, which read as 'CLAPP' which I thought was apt, given his antics, if only manc loving Sky realised their gaff, I sure as hell did, well done Sky Sports, hilarious!
I hope Fabio was watching because the Italian press said Beckham was like a waxwork dummy, and last night proved if we take him to South Africa, we must be nuts.
Onto us and the big game tonight, Fabianski is in goal, which isn't great, but it's better than having to endure another gaff strewn evening from Almunia, Fab, prove you are worthy and put in a great performance, I think Gallas is out too so that means powerhouse Campbell steps in, no problems there, I also think Song is out so the boss has to decide on Eastmond, Denilson or maybe a 4 man midfield instead, here's what I would do.
Eboue Campbell Vermaelen Clichy
Rosicky Cesc Diaby Nasri
I think that team would score goals and protect our goal at the same time, 4-4-2 would be a good move considering the problems, and we wouldn't have to put in youngster Eastmond or rubbish Brazilian Denilson.
We can attack at will, with pace and height and defend from the middle, so we won't be exposing ourselves as we do with a 4-3-3, I wouldn't be unhappy to use Ramsey either but not Denilson, anyone other than him. I would even suffer Eboue in the midfield rather than Denilson, at least he has pace and can defend.
We need to get in their faces and shut the crowd up early, this is our last real chance of any silverware, and a good result would give us the confidence to go all the way, and don't forget, we have Robin to come back in April.
Kyle Bartley is getting rave reviews in Sheffield, is he the one to step up next season? I don't know, trying to buy Smalling doesn't suggest he will, but we also have Djourou and Nordveit or whatever his name is.
Porto are about as good as Villa, dangerous in spells but not that good, we shouldn't underestimate them in the same way we wouldn't underestimate Villa, but we are by far the greatest team the world has ever seen. I know we are, because we all sang that against Liverpool and won, so it must be true.
Don't forget Arsenal, Porto were a team managed by a chav scumbag, we owe them, and two wins in a week against a chav connected side would be absolutely brilliant.
So go and get a famous win tonight boys, a draw will do, but a win would all but seal it, they call their centre forward the Hulk, why? Is it because he let someone die in a car accident? Is it because he got exposed to radiation whilst conducting experiments? NO, it's because he's crap at football and bats for the other side, just like that one trick pony the Hulk, from DC fame.
Screw them Arsenal, show us why we love you so much, prove to your manager you are all worth what we pay you, and why the club won't buy players, this is no dress rehearsal, this is it, tonight you play in the most important game of you careers, I know you can do it, the manager knows you can do it, tonight is up to you.
I don't do predictions, but Carling do and they told me 2 nil to the team that plays in red...honest!
Finally Pedro sent me a list of Europe's top earners, we have only Arshavin in the top 50, so I can see why all the Cesc rumours are being bandied about, maybe if we stopped paying so much for the ordinary fringe players, we would have the money to give him more. We have players like Jay Simpson who seem to be on permanent loan whilst we keep players like Denilson in the squad, we have players like Randall, Hoyte and Gilbert that seem to hang around for ever but never play so why? I think we should have a long hard look at our massive squad of averageness and whittle it down to a group of top players, I bet we'd even get change if we did that.
Hey and all this talk of we couldn't afford David Villa's wages, he earns the same as what Cashley and the 50 year old Vieira does. Hmmm!
Have a great night Grovers, win or lose, have a booze, tonight I feel it in my bones, we'll be doing both. Winning and boozing!
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