Here we are again, back in League action tomorrow at the Grove following the last international break of the season. Last man back will be Carlos Vela, returning to London sometime today after playing the full ninety minutes for Mexico away to Honduras in San Pedro Sula on Wednesday night in a World Cup qualifier. Given that Mexico were tonked 3-1 he probably wishes he hadn’t! He managed to get a yellow card in the closing minutes of the match. Mexico manager Sven-Göran Eriksson was given the shove shortly after the game.
I shall try and forget this international break as quickly as possible. Germany nailed the last nail in the coffin of my native land’s latest World Cup qualification attempt with a 2-0 win against Wales in Cardiff. The only silver lining for me was a good first full game for our Aaron Ramsey in an improved Welsh performance from the home loss to Finland last weekend.
The first thing Arsčne will have to do is see who’s fit. For Manchester City, Robinho and Elano both started in Brazil’s 3-0 win over Perú in Porto Alegre. They won’t have arrived back in Blighty until today either. Both were substituted towards the end of the game, Robinho coming off after seventy minutes and Elano with a quarter of an hour to go.
We can now focus exclusively on the rest of the domestic and European season with no further international matches until June now. A win tomorrow will solidify our fourth position. I’m guessing that Cesc Fàbregas will start on the bench tomorrow. Arsčne has said he’ll need three games to get back up to full speed. I’m hoping that his long break will turn out to be of some benefit to us in the longer term. He looked like he was running on empty at times before his injury, having played for Spain in the European Championships last summer. He’s all but certain to be selected for Spain in the Confederations Cup in South Africa at the end of this season too.
Focus and togetherness have to be the watch-words now. One step at a time, let’s build the climax of the season into something really special.
Keep the faith!