This may end up a short one today, it may also end up more rambly and nonsensical than usual, because I’ve had about four hours sleep and been awake since 4am this morning. Morning birds, dustbin men, colds; you’ve all made my ‘list’.
Today we’ll get an indication from Le Boss on who will be fit to face the toughest of domestic challenges this season and I think I speak for everyone in Goonerdom when I say:
Please let Sagna be fit.
Jenkinson has done a fine job filling in for the last three games, but this is the next level, to which we need our best back four. We’ll be up against the most free-scoringest of attack lines and I want to see us show the world how far we’ve come defensively which, unfortunately for Carl, means that I’m praying that the hair-braided one is back in contention.
It’s the best defence against the best attack this weekend and big Per knows what confidence a stellar showing can do for the team. He’s urged that the team stay united, together and show that they are ‘strong enough’, which we can all wholeheartedly endorse. He’ll be integral to that and we’ll probably need him to continue his impression of Gandalf the Grey by telling Aguero et al that they shall not pass. His positioning and those long, leggy blocks of his are becoming somewhat of a trademark, so hopefully he can strengthen his reputation against a team that will test us on more than one occasion. As far as I’m concerned, forget Suarez and Sturridge, Moneychester City’s front line at home has been the most potent weapon, but we have the blunt instruments to take the sting out of their sails. I couldn’t really decide which metaphor to go for then, so I though I’d just mesh a load together, in case you think I’m going do-lally. Which I probably am to be fair. Sleep depravation does that to a Suburbanite don’t you know.
Big Per has also been speaking about how a tough European draw can be a good thing for the team. He thinks that it’s better to have an opponent you can really concentrate on. That sounds a little churlish personally, but I can see what he’s trying to say, i.e. Focused minds means they will go into each game knowing that there is no room for slip ups. I would have preferred to save our focused games for the latter stages, but hey, we did it the hard way when we got to the final (Madrid, Juventus, Villareal), so perhaps that is just how we have to do it. Let’s also not forget that we have a big squad that I believe is capable of big things.
Anyway, Per’s partner Lolo has also had his two penneth worth and spoken of the need to keep the lead we have in the title and be ready to fight at all games. All fairly obvious stuff, but it’s interesting that the official site and some of the papers today are picking up on stories from the defenders, because it’s clearly felt that we’re going to be under the kosh for long periods of the game tomorrow. That may be true, but to dismiss our attacking and creative players would be foolish in my opinion, and when you look at how City’s side have hardly been a bastion of defensive fortitude this season, I think we’ll get chances. More of a preview tomorrow.
Finally for today, Tricky Micky has been talking up our chances against any team in Europe and, the. Napoli defeat aside, you can see where he’s coming from. It was a disappointing red card for him which means he’ll miss the first leg of the next round, but with the need to get goals going into a tricky away game (whoever it is) for the second leg, it may prove to be a blessing in disguise. It will force Arsene into playing a more creative midfielder and that can only be a good thing when you’re at home. I suspect he might have a big role to play tomorrow along with the Flamster, although I’ll save any of my team line ups for tomorrow.
As for now, I’m off to consume a sugar free energy drink that has red animals on the front of the can, that shall remain nameless until the day that they send me lifetime supplies to consume at will.