With ten minutes left to play Saturday against West Brom the weekend was looking pretty terrible: We were set to lose to Tony Pulis. Arsenal were winning. Chelsea had won. City was still chasing a victory against Everton. Oh, and Toby Alderweireld had suffered what at the time looked like a potential ACL injury. Tony Pulis Week, y’all.
By full-time, things had shifted just a little: Everton held on to their draw against City. Arsenal and Chelsea still won, but, fortunately, a Dele Alli equalizer had secure a point for us, meaning we only lost two points to our London rivals rather than three. It also sounds like Toby’s injury isn’t as bad as we first feared. So, all things considered, we did OK! Really, it’s probably best to just recalibrate your expectations whenever you’re about to play a Tony Pulis team. Don’t go in thinking: “We’ll get three points, maybe gain some ground on rivals, look good... should be a fine weekend.” Instead, go for something like this: “If we get a draw and none of our players are murdered in cold blood by James McClean, who will inevitably get off with a yellow despite the fact he just Nigel de Jong’ed Ben Davies, it will be a good weekend.”
We got a draw. All of our players are still alive despite James McClean’s best efforts. It’s a good weekend.
On to the links:
These Football Times remembered Rafa Benitez’s short-lived stint at Inter Milan.
This is mostly funny I think?
Believe it or not, Roma fans love Federico Fazio. (We, meanwhile, have a Fazio bot in CFC Slack that is a Fozzy Bear emoji saying “O!”)
Twossa continues to impress for Celtic.
You’ve always wanted a player to do this, admit it.