Yes! I know it’s a shit title. Leave me alone.
Tonight we play Chelsea at the Emirates and in some ways it is a prelude to the critical November we have coming up. We know that they take this competition seriously and the wealth of a former Soviet Republic lines their bench. But I suspect we will play a strong team, as in this tricky section of the season, confidence and momentum can be everything.
On the surface of it, a loss in the Carling Cup wouldn’t be a terrible thing; it’s what might lurk beneath – the psychological effects of losing at home to a rival. Does the mental weariness recover in time for Liverpool? Does it linger further?
Mourinho is a nuisance, but he has a point about the fixture schedule. The City game was tiresome enough sitting in my front room. So god knows how the players must have felt after playing in a game with six different defensive mids. City seemed blunted from their trip to Moscow and Chelsea took an early lead. The second half was more entertaining: the game opened up, Aguero equalised and Hart blundered horrendously at the end.
In short our game was less draining and a day earlier.
Our team isn’t easy to predict, though it could look something like this:
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Jenkinson Per Vermaelen Monreal
Gnabry Bendtner Rosicky/Ryo
What has happened to Frimpong? Has he disappeared off the face of the earth? Or does Wenger think he is crap? The latter would be a shame, not just as the former is unlikely, but also as he had talent.
But, alas, what’s talent when you can sell t-shirts and amass a twitter following? I’ve seen great players at St Stephens Borough that go down that route. There was Steve with the cracking left foot, could have probably played for Truro, until he got into accounting! Geoff, probably the finest dribbler in the Duchy – he leant his genius to Phones4u!
Anyway, that’s the way it goes sometimes. Talent needs rigour, not Dench and has-been grime artists. Hopefully he can still play a part, and if he doesn’t we’ll fondly recall the time he drilled the ball at Van Der Vaart’s face.
Elsewhere from the weekend?
Hart shouldn’t keep a hipflask behind his goal; Torres may/may not be ‘back to his best’ and United aren’t completely buggered, just yet… so not an awful lot.
It did remind us however, that, with the exception of Gary Neville/a few others, television punditry is in a dire situation. Practically everyone sees it. And to such an extent you wonder who actually turns to Shearer, Owen and the rest… for insight? Still, people must; there must be people that admire Garth Crook’s work or Lawro’s wit. But pretty much everyone you hear from, regardless of who they support, recognise Townsend for a tit, Owen for an exceptional bore and that Shearer can tell you little past how many players should be on the pitch at a time.
BT had the chance to offer something different… yet, managed to offer the exact same thing… but worse!
P.S. – On a different note, read Gary Lineker’s article in the New Statesman. Bit of practice, he could write for Untold.