Our internet friends are always welcome to share their ‘pre’ and ‘post match’ thoughts with us; if you want to share, get in touch! You can still enjoy our nonsensical, confusing, punctuation buffets, below their proper good ones…
First things first; if you ignore the actual score-line, my predictions were almost faultless – both teams did indeed wear kits, both teams did play in a tactical formation (Chelsea opting for the non-conformist ‘Why try and score a goal?’ approach often endorsed by the purist) and both combined to produce a game of very little drama. The eagel-eyed amongst you will also have noticed that Godzilla was conspicuous in his absence (sources claim he’s battling Mothra and Rodan at the time of writing). That’s 3 out of 4. Or 75%. Either way, its a fabulous statistic.
As to the actual game, what did we learn? Playing without a striker is really stupid? We all knew that. That Mourinho loves Mourinho? See previous. For me, and despite seemingly everyone else thinking it was abject dross, I thought there were far more positives than negatives; Tony V looking like a footballer again, Carrick nonchalantly riling his detractors with another Carrick performance. Danny Welbeck (this needs no further explanation) A Wayne Rooney looking neither angry nor confused (I still maintain he can’t do both at once) but actually keen and committed. A rarely troubled David De Gea, who with each game, has a growing assurance that makes his previous critics just seem jealous of his hair. Ashley Young staying on his feet. And that Utility Jones may finally have found a position in which he can’t play. Yes, the finishing at times was wayward, and we really do need to work out how to play Kagawa – if for no other reason than to stop that Dortmund nonsense; its giving me #BringRonaldoHome flashbacks. As for Moyes, I had no problem with the appointment and last night did nothing to shake that opinion; he seemed comfortable, at ease and happy to have the opportunity.
All in all then, not exactly the baptism of fire the media/Sky had predicted, but then no-one was killed by a marauding Atomic Lizard either. And thats got to count for something.
What he said.
p.s Just a thought: was Mourinho, with his formation, suggesting – to anyone who might happen to be interested – that he didn’t currently have a striker for the big occasion?