You can feel it in your fingers, you can feel it in your toes, love is all around us and so the feeling grows. Unless of course you are Oscar Pistorious. Who is famously toeless. Or his now very dead supermodel girlfriend. So as you stare at the morning’s post only to see a reminder from a loan shark and leaflet about stair lifts, but not one groovy coloured envelope to make your pulse pick up, remember that there’s always a football.
Most likely Brad is going to be in goal. It’s a decision we’ve already taken.We know this tie represents a lot to Hugo on a personal level but, out of respect and confidence to Brad, we will continue to apply the same principle we have in the past [rounds of the competition] and rotate the goalkeeper.’
Does anyone agree with me that – if taken – this is a curious decision? Andrè has clearly adopted a respectful approach to the competition, which I completely endorse. But why would you field Brad for this particular game? The boss said yesterday:
I think we’ve been handed the most difficult draw of this knock-out phase. I called it when the draw came out: it’s like a Champions League tie, and I still feel the same way. This is a club with ambitions to win trophies every season and a team that can cause problems for us.
It could be a test of whether we’re good enough to play in the Champions League. I think Lyon represent a club with tremendous Champions League experience in recent years.
Brad is a great goalkeeper. No two ways about it, but Hugo has really begun to demonstrate why we bought him. He is a truly dynamic talent. And against a quality side like Lyon, I really don’t see the purpose of AVB sticking to his guns.
The phrase. ‘It’s a decision we’ve already taken.’ is a worry. It sounds too resolute. Like those people on the home make over shows. ‘We’ve decided to convert the attic.’ The presenter tells them that with her 30 years commercial experience that this will add nothing to the value of the house, but actually cost them money. If they added a downstairs bathroom, it would add approximately double what it cost to install to the value of the property. With a religious cult zeal they reply. ‘No, we’ve decided to convert the attic.’
Squad rotation is a good thing. It prevents players from getting ground down, or feeling excluded. It can alert you a squad member who actually deserves more game time. But Brad isn’t some kid bursting to get a game. Hugo isn’t some ageing wreck of an outfield player who’s knees are being drained after every match…
I don’t see the logic, do you?