Morning pals, Alex here.
So last night Barcelona turned City over quite beautifully. I only saw the highlights but it seems they got taught a bit of a lesson in the first half. It’s strange when you consider the pedigree and experience of the City players and manager that they just can’t stop bottling it in the Champions League, especially considering how good they’ve been in the league. Is it a psychological thing? Is Kompany really as big a fraud as everyone says or is it just that Barcelona have Lionel Messi?
Speaking of Barcelona, as fantastic as they are, and as much as I love Messi, they are such a despicably dirty team it makes them so hard to watch. The play acting and diving and whining over every single challenge. Clichy should never have been sent off but this isn’t the first time Barca have had a ridiculously generous referee to help smooth things along for them. Cough cough FIX.
Tonight we welcome the sort-of-mighty-but-not-really Monaco to the Ems. They are missing six first team players including a couple of defenders. As their whole game is defined by defensive solidity (or so I read) then this is a boost for us. We have a near fully fit squad and a first 11 in fine form. We should be turning them over easily at home. The absolute key will be not to concede, which we tend to do, in order to give us an excellent chance in the away leg.
What would be your starting XI for tomorrow? Mine would be:
Szcz (come in from the cold smokey joe)
Chambers (unless El Bell is fit)
That’s a front five that would scare the piss out of any team. Ramsey and Jack on the bench, only because none of the starting XI deserve to be dropped based on recent performances.
Finally some feedback from the ‘who is the worst pundit/commentator’ competition. It seems Owen is pretty much rated the most diabolical for managing to be boring and infuriating at the same time. I was called out for not mentioning Robbie Savage but that’s just because I barely rate him as a person let alone a pundit. Some hate for Motson too which is surprising, I always found his commentary reassuring, like bovril on a cold day.
Shouts for favourite commentator, mine would have to be Martin Tyler simply for producing the two most memorable moments of arsenal-based commentary:
‘Adams put through by Bould. Would you believe it! That… sums it all up’
‘Arshaaaaaaavinnnnn!’ v Barcelona
Goosebumps every time. Do you have any bits of commentary which make you come over all gooey? (Stick to football please, let’s keep it clean). If so let me know below.
Anyway that’s me done. You can follow me on Twitter @aldo_doel
Have a lovely day x
P.S. Remember to tune in to Sky Sports at 1015 for the Invincibles Documentary… if you’re at the game, set that planner to record!