Good morning all and I type this after a great weekend.
It was comic con in Nigeria and that’s always fun. All the geeks and nerds got together and did cool stuff and had a great time. I saw a bit of the game…the first half and the second half until the goal.
I think Diego Costa is a disgraceful buffoon who really should be…I shouldn’t write that here.
So we lost to Chelsea and I know it looks bad and everyone would have looked at the events that unfolded from all possible angles and come to conclusions, so the question is what now?
We lost, we’re going to be without Gabriel for 3 games (unless there’s an appeal which I doubt) and Cazorla for 1. How do we deal with that? What effect will that have on the team? It is here that I find myself pretty optimistic.
It’s not great by any means, losing never is, but sometimes the manner of a defeat matters and in this case I think it will come into play. There are times when the injustice of a situation is just so in-you-face that you react and you react magnificently. I think this is a great chance for us, because up until the ridiculous red card, we were doing pretty well. We could have won, so could they but at least it was even. So the players are going to see that and would come out swinging…or not, but I choose to believe that they will.
At least Man City lost, so that means they are still 5 points ahead and top of the table, we are in 5th and we aren’t that far off the chasing pack. We do have to begin to turn up and therein lies my worry.
The great red beast of London, the one who makes things happen through sheer will, whom oppositions cower before, the great Alexis Sanchez seems to be suffering a dip of form. He missed a great chance in the second half to draw us level and we can’t deny that if he took that chance we might have come out of that game with something and we can’t deny that last season’s Alexis would have buried that and we would have had a whole lot of belief going into the other games, but that’s gone now.
Maybe it’s the fatigue? He has been playing football for two years without a break, maybe he is feeling the effects of that finally. The manager has some tinkering to do, he has to manage his star man and get the best out of him even in this condition. Dropping him is not an option, so we have to work something out, help him get his confidence back. I think a goal will activate him fully, he really needs one and while he’s out, we need our other stars to step up and pick up the slack, that’s the only way for the team to be successful.
Thankfully the games are coming thick and fast so there’s no time for self pity, we have the tiny Totts on Wednesday and that’s a must win game (I say that about every game). We have more than enough to take them. I also worry about Coquelin, if he’s out for an extended period, we might find ourselves in a not so great situation. I believe in Aterta though and I hope to God that he can find some form and prove everyone wrong.
I have no idea what the lineup will be like against the tiny Totts, I don’t know what team we should go with, that’s for the coach to decide. I just feel this team really needs to hit top gear and fast and I really hope the injustice of Saturday does that for the team and we come out even stronger than before.