I’m extremely nervous for tomorrow’s game, can’t explain it. I’ll probably be standing in front of my tv the whole 90 minutes. Cmon reds!
Feel physically sick now. So f**king anxious
Same here. I've never been like this beforehand. By comparison, I was totally passive going into last year's final, nonchalant at best which surprised me given that it was our first showdown in that final in 11 years. But there was a surprising flatness to me, that firmly stuck to script as the final progressed and Mo went off early a bit of Bale brilliance and Karius's painful experience conspired against us. Truth be told, I didn't even celebrate Mane's equaliser. It just seemed set early on.
But tomorrow? I'm bricking it. The stakes are raised against a fellow league rival (and one I think we all have high respect for because they have earnt it). But despite that fact, this one means so much more because we are now all consumed by an obsession to redeem and rectify the near misses of recent years.
I feel we've gone through too much pain in recent years which means every final becomes weightier and weightier. This means everything, especially this season after an unbelievable but ultimately barren Premier League season. We've been in a hoodoo and there's no shame in admitting that because it makes us all the more eager and obsessed to break it.
I will choose to take inspiration from Andy Murray - lost many big finals before he secured his first big one in New York 2012 and then not long after he returned to the scene of his greatest source of pain at Wimbledon in 2013 to put right what went wrong against Federer at Wimbledon 2012. I'll even look at another of my heroes, Michael Schumacher. He was so desperate to win the title with Ferrari, following agonising and painful near misses in 1997, 1998 and awful luck in 1999. He followed all that up to finally break Ferrari's long hoodoo because he came to the point where nothing would stop him. And he never looked back from that as the floodgates opened for both him and his team.
There comes a point in a sports person's life where enough is enough and no one will be more obsessed and more driven to success than Jürgen. No one feels the pain of loss and failure bigger than Jürgen. I'm certain he will use all those experiences of our and his near misses in recent years and channel them into a hell bent mentality where only one result will prevail. There is no man more ideally suited to be on the touchline tomorrow night.
Forget skill, technique and tactics. By sheer will power alone we can do this.
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