Tuesday, 2 April 2013

March Discussion: Part 1

          Due to the international break, we had only 6 games to play in March. However, by the time I wrote this article, we have played another and won against Man Utd to send us through to the FA Cup semi-finals...

FA Cup


          Our team has certainly the depth and numbers to enable rotations between matches. But as what I have observed so far, we have certainly been overdependent on the trio 'Mazacar', and more specifically Mata himself. I'm not sure if these are truth or facts, but the results & statistics have certainly proven it to be the case.
          No Mata in the Southampton game, and we lost. Mazacar played against Man Utd, and we won. No Mata (late sub) in the Bucuresti first leg game, and we lost. Hazard entered in the second half (to complete the trio) against Man Utd in Old Trafford, and we won. It's not concrete science or theory, but things just went better for us with the trio playing well. More specifically, Mata have been our best player, and our hero and saviour time and time again. Hazard is explosive and amazing, but inconsistent. Oscar have amazing touches, but lacks the vision of Mata. But the three together provides an amazing show of football, and a winning formula as well. Although we would rather rotate the team, but currently it just seems as though we need 'Mazacar' at every game possible.

Premier League

          In the league, we are just hanging in the balance. Spurs have overtaken third position again, although we have a game in hand. Moreover, Arsenal are only 2 points behind us and Everton four. So the pressure is on and the race for fourth spot is on. We have to make no more mistakes if we are going to survive being in the top four. A slight slip up, and Arsenal could deputize. Of course, with us also chasing silverware in the FA cup and Europa League, there is no relaxing, and every match must be taken seriously. This will be difficult, but every game matters from now on.

FA Cup & Europa League

          We are now going to Wembley once more, having taken down one Manchester club, only to take on another in the semi finals of the FA cup. From the match at Old Trafford, it would seem that we deserved to win given our spectacular comeback in the second half. Good thing, the match at Stamford Bridge assures that. Now, our next opponent will be the blue side of Manchester. It will be difficult, but we have had more than enough experience, and we are certainly the Kings of Wembley (given recent FA cup wins), and with the determination of our lads, we are in with a big chance of winning it.
          The Europa League doesn't look that different anyway. Our chances of winning are always there. The first leg defeat against Bucuresti was a bit worrying, but its another brilliant comeback by the boys (splendid finish by Torres as well) to see us through to the last 8. Of course, some of the bigger clubs are out, leaving our fellow PL clubs possibly the biggest threats remaining, but then again, any team reaching the last 8 of the EL are not to be taken lightly. But we certainly have a good chance of winning this. So, let us support our boys to win the FA cup and Europa League, and to end the league with a top four position.

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