So..it’s FA cup Final day..that day in the football calander we all look forward to,…well, used to, but it’s not the FA cup as we old fuckers know it,…like what Walt, Klopp’s snood and a few others have already alluded too, this special day was, well special, and it was, even up in Scotland it was a special day albeit not of the same intensity as down here,
I too can remember early morning tv with coverage of previous ties including of course quarter & semi final highlights, interviews with players, managers etc and mini-docs on the town or city the clubs came from, and the inevitable funny or heart lifting stories within, and it was indeed magical, a season ending carnival of football, until…..Sky, the money men, and sponsors fu**ed it all up..the FA Cup doesn’t hold the same prestige as it once did…that’s because it’s not on f***in Sky, if it were, and with it perhaps a bye into the CL Qualifying stage( more on this later)…
I can also remember FA cup final days where I wasn’t at all bothered about it all, mainly cos we weren’t involving admittedly but all the same I wouldn’t be sat waiting for it to begin, I think the same thing happened with the league cup, that alone fell from grace because of the New Premier league, a new league and trophy which pardon the pun, relegated the league cup to ‘Mickey Mouse’ status,
The FA CUP, is still a major trophy, but it would be much bigger and hold a higher prestige if there was a added incentive to win it, say a bye into the CL qualification stages for instance??
and what’s with the KO time? traditionally it was 3pm, why has that changed, I know it hasn’t been 3pm for ages but that was part of the day, a 3pm cup final Kick Off, and of course the time most Saturday games began, ppl say things progress and we have to move with the times, well sometimes something’s don’t need changing, we don’t need to move on from, a tweak perhaps here and there but not to the detriment of the event itself and unfortunately this is why the FA cup has lost its shimmer !!
Anyhoo…..Wembley again and Chavs again, rocket scientist’s need not apply if you have a idea what Tuchel’s incentive is, and we will need to up our own ante if we want Red ribbons on the handles, if I’m honest I dunno where this will end, we’ve been off kilter of late, maybe down to fatigue, and without Fabinho it’s a much trickier task at hand, we’ll know the value of Fabinho today without him that’s for sure, but it is what it is and we just need to get on with it, Hendo will probably deputise & probably Milner later, this is of course good news for Naby, he for me will start next to Thiago, with Bobby, Curtis and Ox possible back up, I think Jürgen will go with Diaz over Jota, ….
Trent Matip Virgil Robbo
Naby lad Thiago
Salah Mane Diaz
Bench; Kelleher, Gomez,Konate, Kostas, Milner, Jota, Bobby, Jones, Taki, Ox, Divock
We all know what Chavs are like, brilliant one day, not so the next, so we will see which Chavs turn up, for us , we just need to give absolutely everything we have next four games and leave nothing behind, forget the league we’re not in control of that, but we can control both finals we are in starting from today, Fab will be a miss of course but with the right tactics and mastery from Jürgen we’ll lift No 9,
Difficult to call this one, could go either way, on paper I’ll always fancy us, sticking my neck out I’d have to say Reds win Red tints or not, not expecting a classic but you never know….
C’MON REDMEN C’MON REDMEN C’MON REDMEN C’MON REDMEN C’MON REDMEN C’MON REDMEN !!!!!!!!!
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