Good afternoon Positive Red People,
I trust we are all primed for his evening’s game which, by my reckoning, is our 8th serious contest with the Blues in the last 16 month. (W3L1D4). The semi final tie is perfectly balanced. Like us Conte’s men have struggle to score goals, despite bringing in an expensive striker in the Summer. Recent draws have been greeted by the spoiled Stamford Bridge hoard with “Boooos”. A home crowd booing ? Ridiculous.
I anticipate both managers will put out their strongest possible sides, so that for me would involve Aaron back, with young Alex Iwobi tasked with filling the departed Chilean’s role this evening. Will Sead come back in ? I hope so. It will be a wet, cold night, and perhaps run into extra time and penalties. A tank is likely to adapt to the conditions better than the smoother wheeled vehicle that is AMN.
Of our opponents Conte appeared to say that Cesc and Morata were out with injuries yesterday, and this morning’s MSM report that he and Batshuayi have had another contretemp – perhaps a dash from the Potteries for Crouchie iis not impossible after all (no I have no idea if he is Cup-tied either!)
One moment of brilliance from one of the many excellent players on show, or one catastrophic error, will ensure that one club and their supporters returns home in despair, and one triumphantly matches on down Wembley Way determined to dent Pep’s ambitions on the 25th February. To lose at the semi final stage – very cruel. What I absolutely will not tolerate is cheating from players on either side. I expect all the players, and both managers, to do their best to assist the match officials over what will be a tense 90 or 120 minutes. Like all of you my fingers are firmly crossed that VAR will improve decision making and erase both the cheating of opposition players and the refereeing errors that have cost us so often.
And speaking of brilliance;
So settle in for kick off at 8.00 pm UK time. Lets have plenty of noise, clapping, blowing your Arsehorns, and no sneaking out before the end.