Team Chelsea pose before the FA Cup
The JimmyG2 Column.
Well thanks for nothing Chelsea. on the day when you need Giroud to work his occasional magic, or Mount to justify the hype, or Caballero to become the oldest FA Cup winner, nada, zilch, complete disaster. condemning us to an early appearance in the Europa
Captain commits impetuous foul and then goes off with a hamstring injury, followed by promising goalscorer with the same affliction. Belerin then runs straight through the whole Chelsea defence, I use the term loosely, before Pepe sets up Abameyang for a brilliant goal, his 29th. of the season.
Pedro waved farewell after 5 years at the club from a stretcher on oxygen with an injured shoulder. Chelsea's woes were complete when Kovacic was sent off for a second lunge on Xhaka but the contact was minimal. After a bright start Chelsea's descent was complete.
Even Luiz failed to make his usual mistake and gift the opposition a goal. He bossed and bullied Giroud all afternoon.When all else failed the impressive Martinez stood firm.
Chelsea certainly won the Bad Boys Award, fourteen fouls against 2 and 5 yellows and a red against 1 for Arsenal. Good to see. One man's discipline is another man's lack of commitment and spirit and will to win. Though not always obviously.
I doubt whether the promise of Europa football will keep Aubameyang at Arsenal and sincerely hope not as he is their one quality player and would grace almost any team in Europe.
Meanwhile here is a selection of teams Spurs could draw in the Europa League 2QR:
Kesla FK, Torshavn, Neftchi Baku, Kaysar Kyzylorda, Ordabasy Shymkent, Sutjeska Niksic, FK Riteriai, FH Hafnarfjardar, Santa Coloma, Shakhtior Saligorsk, Kalju Nomme Backa, Topola Vojvodina, Novi Sad, OFI Heraklionsame..
Names to conjure with and some of them translate as 'banana skin' in English. In theory this should be a good opportunity to give fringe players and youth some game time but having pledged to win it Mourinho is unlikely to take any risks.
Paradoxically I wanted Arteta to succeed against Lampard but for Chelsea to win to make our our European task easier. This was a conundrum too far but on the day Chelsea deserved exactly what they got: Nothing, and left us with a foothill or two to climb before the Europa proper.
I think that they call that the Spurs way. We await signings, don't hold your breaths, and departures, not Ndombele we're told or Foyth, perhaps Serge and with Parrott gone on loan to Millwall we desperately need Kane backup. 'Twas ever thus.
With Watford relegated Troy Deeney is rumoured to be arriving on on a year long loan. If at first you don't succeed with a back up for Harry K then 'Troy again' seems to be the word. Or 'A Troy for a Troy' as it says in the Old Testament.
He hates Arsenal, allegedly, is more than Premiership ready and honest so a number of boxes ticked.
Would Mourinho and he get on? Hmm.
Hojbjerg rumours are still gaining strength. Watch the double 'J'. when posting. Single 'J' Bergwijn, double 'J' Hojbjerg. Dragging on a bit.
But this all speculation and we prefer to stick to the facts, 'Just the facts ma'am, Just the facts? as Joe Friday used to say. One for our older listeners.
Premiership presumably. The first Premiership games are on the weekend of the 12th. September. but no date has been announced for the publication of the Fixture list.
Draw for our round of the Europa is at the end of this month. The first Europa games in the second Qualifying Round which involves us is Thursday 17th.September. Thanks again Chelsea.
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One of the brightest spots of a disrupted season Giovanni Lo Celso. Expecting great things of this boy next season. Strong, determined and creative.