Weather took a turn for the good yesterday, the sun came out, it was barely legitimate to call it warm… which made it quite amusing to watch the American’s lose their shit about the heat. Inappropriate vests, 3 quarter lengths with pulled up socks and plenty of pasty flesh on show. Bravo.
The FA Cup threw out some annoying results for us. Well, they could be annoying, or they could be gold…
Spurs lost against Crystal Palace in a pretty exciting 1-0 game. Real end to end stuff. Also noticed that Adebayor was playing for his 19th club. They threw out a beefy team, no hardcore rotation for them. Plus it was at their place, so a double gutter.
Now, from a fatigue perspective, they’re now out of a competition we have to play an extra game in. Confidence wise, it can’t be great to lose to a lesser team at this point in the season. So the reaction will be interesting. Especially if they go out in Europe this week to Fiorentina.
The other result that was a shame was the Manchester City one. They took and absolute ass pounding from Chelsea. 5-1 is beyond embarrassing for Pellegrini, but then again, what can you expect when you announce a new manager at the crunch point of the season. Especially with a squad of individuals who don’t need an excuse to turn off.
Good news there is they’re done for the season. It’s over for them. They’ve checked out. Hopefully that means that the tough game we have against them won’t be so tough. I mean, wishful thinking on my part, but it doesn’t look good does it? The other great news is that United are in the same situation. Their players know that Jose is coming, the manager has well and truly lost the dressing room and Rooney is injured… I mean, is that really a good thing? Probably not… De Gea might be injured as well. That guy couldn’t look any less happy.
Very interesting reading Wenger’s take on Luis Suarez,
“I used to think ‘what if I signed Luis Suarez’ before, but not now,”
“He gives camaraderie to a team. He did it at Liverpool and he did it playing with Edinson Cavani and Diego Forlan for Uruguay, and did it well.
“Suarez is the kind of guy who manages to create that spirit in teams. Apart from the individual talent the three have, they also have a good understanding, cohesion and great solidarity.
It’s such a good insight. A player with one of the worst reputations in the game actually has one of the best attitudes. I still dream of ‘what if’, mostly because we’re still in the same situation striker wise. We don’t have someone who can do what he does consistently. I mean, we kind of have it in Sanchez, but through the middle? We’re still massively short on quality.
“Individually, all their players are difficult to stop. We have to find a way to do it collectively. We have to analyse what we do and do it well and together. We have to keep Suarez quiet on Tuesday night.”
The above comment is refreshing because we know Wenger has gone into these games with no plan and even bragged about it pregame and taken an absolute spanking. I have no idea what the plan is going to be. Will we try and play our game or just give up possession and go for Stoke?
There are some teams that even the smartest game plan can’t beat. Their talent pool is so rich and so bullet proof, it really is going to be tough to get anywhere near them. But, the collective can be powerful, and we’ve done well against the top 5 teams in our own league this year… can we try and replicate a bit of that on Tuesday?
Tommy V is going to celebrate if he scores against us.
‘Yeah, probably. You have to show respect for who you’re playing for as well. I feel like that’s not always real.’
Fair shout mate. This faux ‘I respect my old club’ is embarrassing. Scream and shout, someone else pays you now!
He also had some words about training sessions at Barca.
“The first thing I noticed here was the intensity of the pressing”
“The pressure is on straight away when we lose the ball. We do a lot of positioning games, focusing on getting the ball back. The pressure the players put on you is incredible, you have no time on the ball.”
“We did it sometimes at Arsenal but not a lot of clubs do it like we do it here.”
One of our issues over the years has been the half-arsed attempt we have at pressing. Sanchez is a monster presser… but if you only have one player interested in doing it, it kind of kills the impact and it’s effectiveness.
Banter that Tomas even knows what our training sessions are like, He must have taken part in about 2 in the last 2 years of his career!
Have a great day, see you tomorrow. x