Rome – Any Landing You Walk Away From – Next Up T’rovers

Dear oh dear Pass the Prozac! My old strawberry isn’t going to stand too many more games like that! I thought we were well, WELL below par in the 120 minutes. We also rode our luck a little in the shoot-out. Theo’s penalty really ought to have been saved. The important thing though is we live to fight another day. Pilots have an expression, “Any landing you walk away from is a good one.” I think we can put Wednesday night’s result in that category. I doubt very much whether we’ll get away with such a performance in the quarter-finals and still progress though. Let’s hope it was a learning experience for our youngsters. Whatever doesn’t kill you makes you stronger and all that.
The draw for both the Champions League quarter and semi-finals will take place at UEFA HQ in Nyon near Geneva in Switzerland a week from today on Friday 20 March 2009 at 11.00am GMT. What we have to do to earn a second visit to Rome will then be clear. It’s a completely open draw. We can draw any of Liverpool, Manchester United, Chelsea, Barcelona, Villarreal, Porto or Bayern Munich. We can be home first or second.
The all too depressingly familiar “tradition” of teams visiting Rome to play either Roma or Lazio was followed on Wednesday night. Arsenal Independent Supporters’ Association and the Football Supporters’ Federation (to which both AISA and the Arsenal Football Supporters’ Club are affiliated) are asking any Gooners who witnessed the violence against Arsenal supporters to get in touch with them as soon as possible.
The FSF is making urgent representations to UEFA about the organisation and security, policing and stewarding at this season’s final. The long catalogue of violence against British fans visiting Italy is depressing. This simply has to be addressed – now. It won’t be too long before somebody is REALLY seriously hurt or even killed if it isn’t.
Tickets are €200, €140 and €90 (around £187, £131 and £84 respectively) with wheelchair tickets at €70 (around £65) You’ve got until 11.00am GMT this coming Monday 16 March 2009 to apply, after which it’s a random ballot. I’ll guarantee that a good number of these tickets will end up on the black market as do tickets issued by the FA here to neutrals for the FA Cup Final. The definition of insanity is repeating the same action over and over again and expecting a different result. Oh well, perhaps they’ll get the idea eventually.
Let’s forget the Champions League now. We need to focus on the League and the visit of Blackburn Rovers tomorrow. We’ve lost our long unbeaten run now. We need to rebuild another one with a lot more wins than draws this time if this season is to be end in success and honours.
Three points tomorrow boys. Rome on Wednesday night was the jam. Tomorrow is the bread and butter.
Keep the faith!

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