“For us we don’t want to play against Liverpool ever,”
You F*CKING wot mate?
“We’d prefer not to play against them.
Oh, I see… just one of those joke things. SHEATH YOUR VERBAL SWORD.
“That is really our challenge, a good test. For the supporters, for all of us, going there with six points is good. Really our target is to reduce the distance to Liverpool, Manchester City, Tottenham and Chelsea.”
I have to say, I’m not looking forward to this one. Emery may have been bantering us harder than my dad does when he sees me wearing rolled-up jeans, ‘Look at those jack-ups you c*nt’, but be honest, the last thing we need at this stage of the season is a trip to Liverpool.
That said, there’s no better way to iron out the kinks and gain some focus in the squad than going to one of the best sides in the world.
I don’t think they are fully up to speed at the minute. I watched a chunk of the Southampton game and I tells ya, there could have been a very different outcome had Hassenhutl’s men taken a few of the very good chances they made for themselves.
Emery went into more detail about his plan.
“We are going to prepare first with the adaptation to them, their gameplan and individual players and after to impose our gameplan and capacity. We are going to prepare both defensively and offensively.
“I think first is to be positive in our capacity and then work hard. I know my past is to work hard, the present and future is going to be the same. After we can win, we can lose. But above all is be positive and keep moving ahead.”
Prattling on about hard work and the literal basics of setting up for a football game is all well and good, but this year, I’d love to see some of that research pay off during the games. How is the manager going to convert video analysis insights into something spectacular on the pitch?
Big questions are going to be had around the starting 11. Would he dare play Matteo and Willock against such a brutal side? Will he fall back on old faces, namely Granit Xhaka. Will he insist on playing out the back, despite the clear evidence the team struggles to make it work, even against shite teams?
Will we baton down the hatches? Or will we exercise some of that newfound mobility in the side?
There needs to be a progression of thinking this season. The squad has improved, the ideas have settled, so Liverpool should be the first chance to see if we’ve shaken the demons of the H2 of the Emery era.
One man who is dreaming big is David Luiz.
“In life you have to believe,” said the 32-year-old. “If you don’t try things you are never going to know if you can do it or not.
“My philosophy on life is to be positive and to be a dreamer. But understand to dream is one thing and to achieve your dream you have a lot to do.
“I can dream and we can fight for something big. That is always going to be my speech to everyone – it is possible for us and everybody.
“It is up to the team, the team is going to dream more, the team is going to prepare better, understand the game and that is it.”
David Luiz must be well aware that we have a very good squad this year, otherwise, he wouldn’t have joined. We have depth, we have quality and we have a few youngsters that could make the jump. Not title-winning, but for me, why shouldn’t we be challenging the top 3 with our squad?
We don’t have the Champions League to deal with like Spurs.
They tanked the back half of the season because of that trophy.
They basically have the same group of players.
With Chelsea fizzling out again after a good start and United looking limited, we really should be shooting for top three this season.
Am I being too aggressive?
Let me know in the comments you sexy beauties. x