Sinking not drowning.
The JimmyG2 Column.
.I remember Cambridge sinking in the boat race in 1978. They were still rowing even as they went under. Bit like Spurs this week. We shipped some water but like the band on the Titanic carried on playing.
We were certainly sunk but we but didn't drown. Now out of the Europa and losing in the League Cup final to Chelsea by the same score: 2-0. But Mauricio will certainly find plenty of positives to bolster his young squad.
Since his return from the Africa Cup Bentaleb has been high on most people's ratings and I made him MOM on Sunday for his strong contribution. Not bad for a 20yr. old. Thanks for something Tim.
Ryan Mason is somewhat in his shadow at the moment having been substituted in all of his recent games. Perhaps his full bloodied tackling is taking its toll, he has a history of injuries; or just a matter of stamina. Probably just tactical.
A catalogue of avoidable errors and farcical misses did for us on Thursday although Fiorentina were better than we perhaps anticipated. We didn't just inadvertently lose the game, we gift wrapped it, put 'Fiorentina' on the tag and delivered it by hand.
Fazio and Verts. who should know better were the culprits in defence. 'Sloppy' doesn't even get close.
Soldado was hampered more than helped by Chadli's run and they contrived to miss a golden opportunity to go ahead. An in form striker wouldn't even have considered passing and Chadli's run was too narrow to give him a clear passing option.
Chelsea snuffed out our two main threats, Eriksen and Kane and though both were busy neither made much headway. Chelsea got lucky with two deflected goals but they played conservatively. If our crew continue to pull togethe there are better days are ahead.
Arsenal, Liverpool and Man.Utd. all winning looks to have confirmed that our bid for top four is over but the Uefa gig is ours to lose. With twelve games to go we can now concentrate on the league as they say.
It might have been different against Chelsea if Christian's free kick special had gone in but we couldn't impose ourselves in the final third and Chelsea probably had another gear. But in both games we could have gone ahead.
There's usually only one winner when youth takes on experience although as we know it's not nailed on. Mourinho was magnanimous in victory or patronising depending on your viewpoint. Nice words about Mauricio and our young team.
It's hard to tell with Jose but we can all have our suspicions. Tactically as usual he was spot on. Identify the threats and nullify them: then hit them on the counter.
Pochettino needs to be a little more flexible with his tactics and substitutions. He needs to respond to the situation not follow the plan.
There is no help for Harry on the horizon with Adebayor out unless he takes a wage cut and apologizes in writing, in his own blood, on that lovely creamy Basildon Bond notepaper. Do they still make it?
Roberto is still curled up in the corner with his thumb in his mouth after his Fiorentina miss. Eriksen is playing well within himself as they say. Chadli has not recovered from his recent bereavement. Lamela still flatters to deceive and Andros just simply deceives.
Our next game tomorrow at Swansea is eminently winnable and we are approaching 'must win' territory. Gylfi has a point to prove but he couldn't could he? Go Harry go. And please don't get injured. Please.
Died this week at 80. Fine man and wonderful player. We always seem to be looking for his like and judging our midfielders by his template.
He was worshiped in the Derby area where Mrs.JimmyG2 comes from and I will never forget the adulation for him in the local village pub when he was a successful Derby manager in the 70's. The Burton ale flowed on a tribute night.
Jimmy's Video spot.
He wouldn''t like this either but it's a fitting tribute. Some say the game has lost a lot of its excitement and pine for the 'Hard Men' days. Personally I prefer the modern game despite growing up in the 60's and 70's. (All worth watching but Dave comes in around 7 minutes)
How did Chopper Harris make a career at Chelsea? Actually sounds pleased with himself. Nothing changes I suppose. I'd rather our traditions than theirs.