Well it’s good to know that despite the English having a terrible rep for travelling, they’ve been part exonerated for the blame in Marseille. The Russians showed up with bumbags, as well as tiny shorts… in those little bags, was not a Timeout City guide and a lip balm. Apparently they kept MMA fighting gloves, gum shields and weapons… knives and telescopic batons. They were trained according to the police for ‘ultra-violence’.
UEFA have come out and threatened England.
‘If you guys take an ass whopping again, we’ll throw your team out of the tournament’
Nice threat there. I was once threatened in German class by my teacher about disruption and if any more came her way, I’d be excluded… the two guys next to me double wedgied me out of my seat and I was punished. Harsh flashbacks to those dark days when I read that UEFA statement.
The press are bantering us, or Liverpool are back to their old tricks. Rumour has it they’ll move for £25m Theo Walcott. WHAT! Imagine if they came with half of that, I think I’d be moonwalking round Tribeca. No one would understand and I’d have to explain the story using celebrities… but we’d get there.
There are more stories about Jamie Vardy. Danny Simpson reckons you can’t buy the bond he has with the Leicester boys. I’d disagree. You can buy a bond and you can also upgrade a bond. I also think it’s hilarious that he and Jack Wilshere are having a Flamini / Ozil like bromance. VERY CUTE. I mean, you can just imagine the trouble those two will get into, but it’s great to see.
I still can’t see any other decision outside of him joining us. Staying for the inevitable sinking ship is stupid. Not adding a major club to your resume is stupid. Not moving to London for 3 years is stupid. Especially when you love the celebrity that comes with being a top player. Honestly, hanging out with Gary Lineker and his brother might feel like something special right now, but jeez… Linekers Bar? Compared to drinks with Bobby P, Arsene W and Jen Lehmann in Oriole, Farringdon? You haven’t lived Jamie. You really haven’t.
How about the football yesterday? I feel like I’ve been on a 4 day football bender. I sat in like an addict hooked up to the football pipe ALL day. Turkey Croatia was pretty lively. Modric pulling off some quite incredible tekkers to rifle home a looping ball from 25 yards. Northern Ireland vs Poland was a bit bland. The irish did a great job marking Lewa out of the game, but put so much focus on him, they forgot Poland have plenty of talented individuals and let them in.
Germany vs Ukraine was the main course (I wasn’t allowed to watch Copa America so missed Brazil vs Peru). It didn’t really live up to the expectations. Loew did, scratching his balls and inspecting their fragrance after. The Germans played in second gear most of the game. Mesut Ozil didn’t really click for most of the match, looking unusually out of sorts and sweaty. We did get the chance to see Draxler play, he’s a very stylish wide man, he had some good touches and was a threat… but I don’t think he’d have changed our world, especially not for £38m. Konoplyanka, my hot tip from last season, had a solid game, he’s very powerful and bold… Yarmelenko also looked pretty good. Just a shame they played in a Ukraine setup that rightly didn’t want to play too adventurously.
The game was put to bed when the Germans broke at pace, Ozil powering into the box, delivering a perfect ball that Giroud NO WAY would have put into the net. Wenger needs to seriously make sure he has someone world class at being clinical in mind this summer… plan A, B and C please.
Toni Kroos though. What a player. He breaks up attacks, distributes perfectly at pace, is a threat going forward, efficient protecting his back four… I also think he’s one of those quieter players that’s quite underrated. I don’t watch him enough to know, but his passing doesn’t look that far off what Ozil can do… and he has so many more layers to his game. GIVE ME HIM. Praying Pep doesn’t snap him up for Manchester City.
Right, that’s all I have time for this morning. SEE YOU TOMORROW!