Ahhh well, I had a feeling Chelsea might come away from Barca with a win. It seems caretaker managers have a bit of a record of getting to finals with those lot. They put on a resolute display, rode their luck massively, then took advantage of a keeping error. A huge win for them which tees them up for a final with either Bayern Munich or Real Madrid. Two great teams who’d tee up an opportunity for Chelsea to park an over paid bus in front of them in Germany.
This means third is now essential. If Chelsea win, 4th place lose their pass into the Champions league. How out of order would that be?
The last thing in life I want to see is John Terry win a Champions League final, but at least this ‘English football is dead’ argument can do one for a moment. Poor old Pep, three trophies this year already and people are asking if he’s taken Barca as far as he can?
It’s interesting that like Harry Redknapp, he wouldn’t commit past the summer. Seems to be a consistent theme in football. If the manager doesn’t commit, the players don’t. It happened to Fergie a few years ago. That’s why when Wenger goes I doubt it’ll be at the end of a contract. I think he’ll now stay for one more trophy then do one back to France or take on the England manager role… which I was told he didn’t categorically rule out a few weeks ago.
Talking of England managers. Stuart Pearce hasn’t ruled out taking Jack to the Olympics. He had this to say on Wenger’s reticence to let him go…
‘That’s his opinion. I can’t change his opinion, and it’s not of great concern to me. Will any manager get a veto over who I select? Of course not.’
The guy picks up a cheap suit in Primark and thinks he’s Jose… outrageous. I’ll tell you who’d veto him… Fergie. He’d ask him to fake a whiplash injury and that would be that. Complaints aside, a few exhibition games in the UK over the summer might not be the worst idea after a year off…
Theo Walcott could be back for the WBA game. That doesn’t help us out against Stoke or Norwich. I’m guessing Yossi will slip back into the squad for that game and I’d like to think Diaby will play over Rambo. The Welshman has bottled a few challenges of late and he’s in terrible form. The last thing we need to be doing is testing his resolve and courage against the scum of Stoke.
We really have some demons to lay to rest. They’re a well drilled team and crafty as they come… we need everyone on form and firing. I hate the fact it’s hammering it down with rain. The North West and the sunshine was appealing. The same place in torrential rain brings back horrible memories. Peter Crouch brings back horrible memories. I just don’t like Stoke. Especially as they know we have something riding on this.
3 more games and we’re done for the year. I can’t wait for it to be over… then we can sit back and analyse what went wrong and hope the early moves happen.
Our first signing of the summer looks close, Denilson is heading back to England with a big bunch of ‘I’ve missed you Arsene’ flowers. I’ve missed his stats, his blistering pace and that Brazilian swagger only Brazilian players have. Jokes aside, he’s coming back so we can flog him this summer.
Hopefully he’ll have some suitors in Spain… the last think we need is his attitude lurking around our first team squad next summer.
It’s amazing how quickly that thousand pound ticket renewal comes along. This year has felt like a gym membership at times… except I actually go. Their have been some highlights but they’ve always been slightly muted by the fear of a low-light being round the corner. Still, at least it has been exciting. That said, I’d prefer my grand to be buying me United exciting next year.
Would it take 8 players to bring back United exciting? Probably not. If they’ve proved anything this year, it’s that hard work, fantastic squad rotation and tactical nous can win you the Premiership. They don’t have super elite players like their teams of yesteryear had… but they’ve got a fantastic will to win and a manager who has been incredible again. I hate to say it… but I’d rather United took the title this year.
How about you?
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Have a great day!
P.S. Check out a bit of a tribute blog to Pat Rice here, a nice gesture, but I’m not sure many would have him stay on past this summer. Time for a refresh.