Sober October begins
Secretly I’m actually delighted at how this months fixtures have panned out.
If given a choice for a fixture straight after an extended break it’s always a home game against lowly opponents, which happens to be exactly what the Tic have been handed.
I certainly expect a sobering affair for the few true Motherwell fans who attend today, fair play to them for travelling to witness what should be a defeat, that’s devotion for you.
They aren’t a very good side, and whilst we shall have jaded Internationals returning into the fold, our strength in depth should help overcome the ‘Well.
Whether or not Ange considers it important to put down a marker with a statement victory before the two sides meet in a Cup tie is unknown, but a win never hurts against a side you’re soon to face again.
The rest of the month is a mixed bag, we play away from Paradise Four times in the league and in the cups, with Three Champions League clashes, and the Two Edinburgh teams must be faced, who shall of course be looking to take advantage of our hectic playing schedule and leg sapping continental exploits.
There can be only One, sorry, couldn’t resist.
Hibs for example shall be rubbing their hands at the timing of the tie, straight after a home CL tie against Leipzig where you just know the crowd and those selected will give everything to get those most precious three points they so dearly need to progress out of the group.
Tired players, the support just gave their all days ago and might not be as vocal or as encouraging, especially should the worst occur against the Germans, Hibs should be rubbing their hands.
They’ve a few good players, an ambitious young manager, and shall prove a test.
As shall the Jambo’s away, and surely we all know by now Martindale’s Livvy are a total pain in the ass team up on that plastic pitch.
October is one tough month, the hard games just don’t stop and the squad shall be called upon, have no doubt.
Busy months are the reason we assembled such a big squad of big talent,,,those who wish to dethrone us look to very busy months such as this for dropped points and openings.
October might as well be called crunch month.
It offers the opportunity to sober up, figuratively and physically, everyone involved in this title race.
I’m on record stating I believe we lift Ange’s second title this season, and while it’s true the league isn’t won in October a deadly pace can be set then.
And the Bhoys have been setting the pace for quite some time now, I get the feeling they very much like it.
No team in the title hunt can afford to drop many points or have momentum affected.
An ‘uneasy’ month for the Bhoys opens the door to the Blues, and likewise a poor month across the city and a good one for the famous Glasgow Celtic, having most of their crunch European ties out of the way, would be very bad news for those seeking a battle to the finish line type of campaign.
An equal points scenario of course suits the team in the lead.
To put it simply, if there’s going to be a title race we need to drop league points this month.
If not now, when, considering Anges teams tend to really click in the second half?
Taking points off this team is a lot easier said than done but as we just found out it’s not impossible. Most Champions lose three or four games over the course, it’s much preferable to lose at convenient times, such as when the title has been secured and you’re playing out the remaining fixtures, or even lose one game every quarter of the season, rather than a string of bad results.
That’s what we must avoid during October, a poor run of results, the European hangover theory being proven true.
EVERYONE must fully step up.
Win this game and start the month off correctly no ifs, ands, or buts.
Head to Germany as a winning team, and a league leading one at that.
Do a number on Motherwell and then hit ze Germans with Ange-ball.
When it comes to the team I’m currently a glass half full type of guy, and I’m looking forward to my belief in the squad being shaken or vindicated.
This month is the sobering up month,,
If the squad and manager are as good as I believe and emerge from October with credit then it will sober those who wish for our title.
The opposite shall sober myself and many who felt we were proceeding to the title.
Welcome to sober October. I sincerely hope you enjoy it.