The time I am beginning this is at 00:46am on Saturday GMT. I’m watching Sexy Beast and have had a couple of beers. I mean why not? It’s a Friday night. It’s also got me thinking…why have I been so lazy in literally writing nothing, along with taking my own time out from writing. When I wrote my mid season gradings, I thought in my head that I would write and write and write everyday of every week of every…you get it. But the playoffs really put me back.
Yeah I get the process and a lot of you think I don’t. But I can’t help being set in my ways. Not picking a Standard player raised some eyebrows in my team of the season, but you take every game individually. If someone has been consistent over a 40 match season rather than digging deep for 10 matches, you have to give credit. Hey, that’s my opinion and you’re entitled to yours. I’m just getting some things off my chest.
Moving forward rather than backwards, I’m still wondering about who’ll be the cream of the crop and who’ll be languishing? I nearly, nearly did a prediction of who’ll finish where. I then realised not even the World Cup has kicked off! Jumping the gun a bit, but I have an idea who’ll finish where, but the real decent predictions will be made on September 1st rather than July 26th. The window can see people going through in either direction and that can make a big difference. Could be make or break for Standard Liège for example, as well as Anderlecht, Gent and Genk in my opinion.
Last night saw some friendlies too and it made me think ‘what’s the fucking point?’ Pub teams ripped to shreds by Gent and Club Brugge. Highly disrespectful I know. But an 8-0 and 11-0. It’s great for lower league fans seeing Kubo and Schrijvers but other than fitness it’s meant nothing. You still need to test your players to see if you want to keep or get rid. Not just who’s fit, has the best recovery, blah blah blah you know? Again, probably over critical, but no one likes seeing a pointless match being totally one sided.
There’s still such a long summer, for good and bad. Bad because on a personal note, I’ve had a lot on my plate that only 2-3 people know. I’m getting personal and people do that. Venting. But adding to that, I’ve been Dublin already and got Amsterdam, Köln, Antwerp, yes, I’m spending time in Belgium briefly this summer, and Prague all lined up over the next two months. Beautiful right? Better than spending time wasted on the Costa Del Sol or something. Fresh faces for the family and fresh places rather than sweating your bollocks off.
Hope everyone’s had a great summer and World Cup so far! All the best. Chat soon…