Sportklub Rapid Wien… formerly known as Rapid Vienna? Or known as both? What? The true Englishman coming out there. I’m sorry. But don’t make it confusing. One or the other, please.
That’s all I really have on that subject.
The Oziltologists took Per Mertesacker massively out of context as they look to push the notion that Mesut Ozil isn’t playing for non-footballing reasons. This is what was said.
“A lot has changed away from the field,”
“He got married, has a family. Perhaps his focus has changed. Nevertheless, he is still happy and happy to play football.
“He’s the only player I’ve played with for three teams – Bremen, Arsenal and also at the DFB (Germany). So I’m very sorry that he’s currently in a situation where he’s not really used.
Marriage is not an excuse for losing focus when it comes to your profession. More importantly, it is clear as day that Mertesacker is not saying that he’s been ditched because of non-footballing reasons. That sort of insidious rumour mongering is really not helpful. Accept it’s over and that if he was doing what was required, he’d be starting. Simple as that.
Rob Holding is now an injury doubt for the next 4 weeks. David Luiz licking his lips. He’s in for all the big games. I’m not sure how I feel about that, I hope he’s focused and ready for it. At this rate, we’ll end up with Saliba in the starting 11. Good move by him to not go back to France.
Thomas Partey shared some advice his dad told him.
“When I was young, my dad helped me a lot. He gave me so much advice because he used to play and he knew what I needed to be a professional. He talked to me a lot, how to be disciplined, how to respect my coaches and everyone around me.
“Then he told me to always be training and not going out all the time, that I have to rest a lot. It’s simple advice that will get you to the top.”
Thomas Partey will not be accepting your late-night calls or going for Sunday beers with you. I am sorry. That’s the way it has to be.
Right, short one again today because I made a podcast for you.