So we haven’t signed any more players, yet, but the 2010/2011 season is getting closer, with the release of the fixtures list this morning! I don’t know about you, but at 9am this morning, I was on the BBC sports website, eagerly waiting for it to be out. Now it’s finally out, who’ve we got? Obviously, we play every team twice, but I’m sure the curiosity was about ‘Who’ve we got first?’, ‘When do we play the Big Teams?’, etc.
Like last season, we start our campaign away at Merseyside, this time against Liverpool. My first reaction was ‘Why Liverpool?!’ But as someone cheekily pointed out on twitter, we’re starting against a mid-table team! Given how the table ended last season, it’s quite accurate. You can’t argue with the facts! Having said so though, it’s definitely not an easy fixture! Going to Anfield’s never easy, but we’ve got out little magician who seems to love Anfield. And what with him not being at the World Cup, he should be well restsed and raring to go!
Unlike last season, we don’t have games against the others in the Big 4 back-to-back. That’s such a positive thing, given last season’s disaster. But if that’s good news, we do have a bit of bad news in the sense that most of our matches after Champions League games are away! 5 out of 6, apparently, against teams like Sunderland, Manchester City and Aston Villa, compared to Sp*rs (if they’re lucky enough to get through the qualifiers!) with either 5 or 6 of them at home!
Anyways, those are (some of) the cards we were dealt with and we’ve got to deal with them.
I can’t help but mention the World Cup. Been looking forward to seeing Spain in action, and even recommended them to a non-football mate to support. The World Cup well and truly came alive, with Switzerland claiming a shock 1-0 win! Funny enough, before the goal, I was saying that the best thing that ought to happen would be for Switzerland to score as it would wake Spain up. They duly obliged, but well, Spain didn’t. That’s what they get for benching Fabregas! If at all there was any positive from him being benched all 90 minutes, it’s that he’d have a breather from those Barca lot trying to convince him to move to Barcelona! Anyhoo…
Although he’s no longer our player, I was really gutted to see Senderos go off injured, during the game. I hope his World Cup isn’t over.
Still on the World Cup, being Nigerian, I was so disappointed to see them lose today to Greece, thanks to the dumbest Red card you’ll ever see in the World Cup! Shame about the ‘keeper, though. He’s had a blinding first two games, and it seems his one and only blunder will cost Nigeria a place at the nest round. There’s still a bit of hope though, if the team don’t mess things up against South Korea and Argentina beat Greece.
Up next today is France v Mexico, or rather, Sagna/Gallas/Diaby v Carlos Vela! Good luck to all four of them! England play tomorrow and even though I’m still gutted Theo didn’t get picked, I do hope the team do well.
Adios, and fingers crossed none of our players get injured!