That’s not just a comment regarding the weather, although we’ve had the hottest day in April since 1949! Think it reached 29 degrees Celsius yesterday. Roasting hot today too! It could be like a cauldron in Belgium though (on the pitch). Big results needed by big clubs, still hoping to progress further and break some ground in the process.
Humongous derby tonight, which is the match of the weekend in my opinion, because these too have been fantastic. Zulte Waregem hosting Kortrijk in a must win for both. Whoever wins this could give themselves the psychological edge going forward for the rest of them season, with two of the hottest strikers in the country. Hamdi Harbaoui vs Teddy Chevalier, with both looking to be the hero tonight and beyond. The atmosphere will be fantastic for sure. It could really be a cracker because of the quality on show right now!
Playoff one is actually really fun in that Gent and Anderlecht stumbled, and can Standard take advantage? Could Les Rouches miraculously get Champions League football? It’s unlikely, and undeserved because of their regular season form. But they’re doing what most clubs do. They’ve won a trophy, guaranteed Europa League and are playing without any fear. With the South American vibe they have, they can turn on the style and be extremely dangerous. Sa Pinto May be getting his point across just at the right time and they’re just three points off of second!
On the other hand, can anyone explain what’s going on at Charleroi? I feel sorry for their fans as I felt they could challenge, but this calendar year has been a disaster. Les Zébres have picked up ten points this year. Seven of those points are draws. Embarrassed in the cup as well as last night to a Hans Vanaken master class. They’re finishing on a whimper and it’s a shame. Europe is surely out of the question, not mathematically, but confidence wise, Mazzu will have to dig deep and drag his players, and himself, out of this slump.
(Halfway through this I had a little cry reading about Arsene Wenger)
Forgotten my place now…I don’t think I can finish. I feel like eulogising about Arsene Wenger. I am only 28 and just about remember Bruce Rioch. But Arsene Wenger is a different class. I am Wenger Out because he has stagnated and taken the club backwards in terms of league position, but we have also gone so far forward under him. Everyone talks about dietary introductions he brought in and training techniques, but he brought in style and a way of playing. The thing I loved most is when we had our backs against the wall, we’d come back fighting every time. Sometimes it was too late, but sometimes it made you even more proud to be a Gooner. Arsenal fans went too far when they sung certain songs about him dying when protesting. We all love our clubs and when all said and done, football isn’t everything unless you have nothing else. When he fell at Stoke and people laughed, he is an elderly man. Any other elderly man would’ve been helped up. There have been embarrassments too under his watch, like the 6-1 and 8-2 at Old Trafford, 5-1 at Anfield, 6-0 at Chelsea. But we won at the Bernabeu, Allianz, San Siro against both Milan clubs, even Monaco. All these never ever being achieved by am English club until then. I won’t continue because I get more emotional by the word…