Hugo Lloris, Erik Lamela, Etienne Capoue, Mousa Dembele, Paulinho and Emmanuel Adebayor, Michael Dawson, Vlad Chiriches, Younes Kaboul and Kyle Walker are all out, and Jan Vertonghen is of course, suspended.
There will be a good few youngsters in tonight’s game. Some, little more than apprentices.
These youngbloods are just that. And not to be readily confused with the fully fledged parasites we know and love, stealing tens of thousands of pounds each week for a living.
So do you think we might give these yoofs a teensy break? Would that be agreeable? Come what may? I think it would.
Whatever mess we’re in (and we is in a mess) these chaps are innocents. They’re players with careers ahead of them. Damning developing players on a stage as big as this wouldn’t just be utterly pointless, it could actually hurt them.
If you are insistent upon calling out some kid and telling him he’s awful, all I ask is that you do so somewhere else. Not a lot to ask.