How’s it going you romantic bunch?
Oh me? Ahh, all the ladies. You know how it is. Literally, like, all of them. At my door. With plans and stuff. Such a good night. Wild man, like a Leo DiCaprio beach party or something.
Anyway, more importantly…
Top of the Championship Boro come to The Grove this evening. They’re doing well. Scoring many goals, conceding very few… I think the only reason they’re not getting quite the respect they maybe deserve is because they’ve been SO out of the loop over the past few years most people had nearly forgotten them.
I’m not a fan of Boro. I used to hate playing them. Like the Wimbledon of the north. Such a boring pointless team. They capped it off by putting Southgate in charge. A massive melt of a manager if ever I did see one.
… but they’re resurgent under Karanka. The Spaniard will have thought about today. You’d imagine he’ll have been working on a plan. A devious plan like Leicester. They’ll have looked at that game with positive eyes. We’re not always too smart against teams that are on a run. I still have Blackburn and Bradford on the mind.
Tomlin is the main man there, Boro’s Santi Cazorla according to Karanka. I do love the Boro story. Karanka, a legendary name picks up the slack when the team are just off the relegation zone. He stamps his style over the club, now they’re filling the stadium versus the empty vessel it was when he started.
There’s something very brave about a manager who had it all as a player and decides to take a role like that to learn the ropes. We have a weird view of football managers, we look at the elite and brush off the guys doing great things on next to zero budget… where only great management and smart coaching can bring you to the top. Karanka is clearly a smart guy, it’ll be interesting to see where he ends up over the next few years if he continues to develop in such a positive way.
However, let’s not worry too hard. We play our game. Attack with pace and directness, defend as a team in a compact manner… there should be no problem.
Chezzer will be back between the sticks. Gabriel will start at the back, maybe with Laurent. Midfield I’d imagine will see Coq, Rosicky and Santi. Up, what are we saying? Probably Mesut, Danny and Theo?
Is that enough? It should be. But, you know, the marketing people at FA Cup towers say the cup is magic, and ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN.
So don’t be arrogant. If you are, and we lose, people on Twitter will say it’s your fault.
Right, enjoy the game. Follow me on @LeGrove for absolute bullet insight from inside the ground.