So Barcelona lost to FK Rubin Kazan today? Seriously? Well, in all honesty, it happens (Pep Guardiola agrees with me) and it’s not the end of the world. Look at Manchester United’s loss earlier this season to Burnley. Sometimes, you have an off-day.
The far bigger story is Liverpool tumbling to its 4th straight defeat as they lost to Lyon today. And that was with LFC needing a win, or at least something positive ahead of the massive clash with Manchester United this Sunday. But it was not to be, because of my Football Manager nemesis, César Delgado. For some reason, whenever I have Delgado, he whines his way out of the team and whenever I play against him, he scores. Cyber-Delgado must have some sort of vendetta against me. But I digress.
I can’t imagine the pressure on Rafa Benítez right now. There was pressure before – due to perceived inactivity in the summer, among other things – but now, sitting 8th in the Premiership? The villagers will be calling for someone’s head sooner rather than later. I’m guessing that it’s squad depth that’s the problem. Pool appear to be a two-man team right now (and one of those men was hurt today, 25 minutes into the game) and that’s not getting fixed anytime soon, even if Alberto Aquilani comes back soon.
Even though United have plenty of injury problems, I think Sir Alex is relishing his chances on Sunday.