Hoorah, The Champions League is back this week and you don’t need me to tell you we are off to sunny Portugal to face Porto.
Porto, once managed by the old git Jose Moanrinho and once winners of this competition having got one over Old Red Nose on the way, but Porto aren’t going to have the same joy against this English side.
Porto have The Hulk, whether or not he plays though remains to be seen but so what if he does. Is he really that good?
09/10 App Goals
League 12 2
Cup 2 0
L-Cup 1 0
CL 6 3
Total 21 5
Is that the statics of a great striker?
No it’s not, but they do suggest he is better in Europe than his is in the Domestic League, but one man doesn’t make a team does he? Well, not unless his name is either Cesc Fabregas or Thierry Henry 😉
Talking Arsenal here of course, not any other club…
He reminds me a bit of Julio Baptista – he is fondly known as The Beast. He adopted his nickname whilst playing for Sevilla and to be fair, he probably deserved it then. He played 62 games for them and scored 39 goals, not bad for a midfielder.
But then he went to Real Madrid, got loaned to us and then back to Real Madrid and during all that period he scored just 14 goals.
Not what you would expect from a player know as ‘The Beast’
My point is, let’s not all be fooled by such extravagant names given to footballers, they mean nothing, and I don’t believe that the Hulk is as good as some suggest.
He could be though if he played in a team like ours……
In any case, I think we can fully expect Thomas Vermaelen and William Gallas to keep the big fella out
Another Porto player who is out to gun us down is Alves. No, not the Alves we would all love to see playing in red and white, this is Bruno Alves, the 28yr old defender who says if they can stop Cesc Fabregas then they can win. Let’s just hope he means ‘stop’ by playing football and not by cheating or hacking him down.
The way I see the game on Wednesday, if we can get by that big 6ft 3inch geezer Helton in goal, we will come away as winners. Obvious I know, but I don’t see an awful lot more in the Porto side to stop us getting something from this away leg.
It won’t be easy, but I think we will be ok.
Thats it on another boring no news day, other than well done to the Ladies who thrashed Doncaster Belles 5-0 in the Womens FA Cup. The win takes them into the semi-final.
Have a great day all…..