The big news is that Fab is out for the game today, and is a doubt for Wednesday as well. Needless to say, this is a huge blow. He may not have played today anyway, but he would have obviously been a cert for Wednesday.With no Jose for the first leg, I am a little worried about our creativity in midfield. I should imagine Diaby will get a run in the side now, although i wonder whether Gilberto will be back for the game today. I can't see Song getting another run around, but then who else can we play there if Gilbs is rested? Hleb? Larrson? The squad is certainly looking stretched. Theo may even get a chance, but not today it seems. Arsene is right to remain cautious about throwing him into the first team, even if I would love to see him play for us this season. Having said that, on football focus they had to call up league footage from last season to show Freddie scoring.
Man U's abysmal performance last night was bad news for us. We need them to put a big performance in against the Spuds. If there morale is faltering there's a chance Spurs could turn them over, which would be, effectively, the real nail in our 4th place coffin. Same old United: beat us, liverpool, Chelsea - can't beat Sunderland. We need to keep this pretence of a title race going though, at least until Spurs play them.
Apart from that, not a lot going on. Arsene has plausibly suggested both Fab and Tel should win the PFA awards they've been nominated for. I think he's got a point. Anyone who thinks that Lampard should get it before Tel obviously hasn't been watching Chelsea since, at least, Christmas. I've always felt that if Tel was either 1) Brazillian or 2) played in Spain, they would simply have given him the world player of the year award 6 years ago, and asked him to give it back when he retired.
I also watched the Villareal-Barca game last night. La liga is so sedate! passing, passing, passing, and very little physicality aside from snide little fouls. Makes you appreciate the Premiership. Barca scraped to a 1-0 win and looked very unconvincing, even if they were without Ronaldinho. I think we could beat them if we played fast, and hit their full backs. Villa looked OK, but nothing too special. They passed the ball around very nicely, and had a few chances they could have done better with. One of the players got a booking for a very sneaky foul, which I hope they don't try against our lot. Again, we look a class above them - but they held United earlier in the season, and have knocked out Inter, so, again, I'm not taking anything for granted.
So, anything less than 3 points would be unacceptable today, and, well, until the end of the season. So come on boys! It'll be interesting to see who plays, and if anyone's rested. Personally I'm hoping Adebayor gets a goal to atone for some of his misses on Weds.
A demain. Gb.