Up n down week?
It’s a big, big week ahead.
Away in Europe used to be behind the sofa stuff but recently we look as if we belong there, and although technically leaving we do belong there.
The travelling support will love the local brews, buoyed by recent form and an almost full squad.. The home fans will see friendly respectful faces in their city, but a great chance to put one foot in the last 16.
As such it threatens to be a hell of a game.
The Danes are underdogs at home which one hopes will piss them off and force them to attack to show who’s actually boss.
At 9/4 for the win they are almost double our 5/4 odds so let’s hope on this occasion the bookies do know what they are talking about.
With 9 wins outta 9 it’s no surprise we are fancied, only Liverpool could boast such stats.
As one from the old school who believes being alive in Europe after Christmas is a win, this should be a pretty pressure free tie. It will be a great barometer of where we do actually stand, as the unfamiliar can be testing and unforgiving if allowed. It’s a great chance to get our name out there to the players who can be found around the business end of the continental cups these days. Future signings will take note of this weeks results.
The momentum built up by Lenny and the squad should, fingers crossed, be carried on through into the tail end of the domestic season no matter what. Even should we succumb to defeat away it’s imperative all recognise the title takes precedence at this occasion.
The gaffer has been around the block long enough to know this. We as fans must forget the midweek result next Sunday and treat it as a cup final.
Unfortunately around Thursday it seems we will be reading a story none of us want to lay eyes on. Although the timing isn’t ideal this isn’t the local rags we are dealing with to be accused of waiting for the opportune moment.
Channel 4 would have planned this broadcast regardless of our footballing exploits one must imagine, unless extremely suspicious.
Certain folk will love the timing and the subject matter. That’s a very, very sad fact of life.
It’s a great deflector from last weeks drama’s which remain unresolved and some will pray it’s the beginning if our season derailing.
We will deal with the report later in the week but the players and staff must be,and I have no doubt will be, consummate professionals when crossing the line and put all behind them.
The team can do us proud, even if the report won’t.
The above is by Mahe. As usual the address is firstname.lastname@example.org for any guest articles which we thrive on.