These internationals have never been kind to us at all, it has been worse than waking up and finding that you have become Mourinho. Not all is bad though, Danny Welbeck bagged two goals for England and that should give him a huge shot of confidence going into the weekend game.
Ozil* never featured at all for Germany and there are genuine fears that he may miss the City game. Ramsey turned his ankle on a plastic pitch and although Chris Coleman has allayed fears that the knock isn’t severe, nothing can be confirmed unless we get the scans. Time for Shad Forsythe to work his magic.
Having said that the midfield department is where we are well and truly stocked so we have more than quality replacements in Cazorla, Rosicky, Wilshere and Ox. I don’t mean to say I am okay with these injuries but it can be managed better than injuries in our other areas say, defensive department. Can you imagine the dire situation if Per and Koscielny are injured and we cobble together a defence of Debuchy, Chambers, Monreal and Flamini against City.
Of course that is one thing I wouldn’t imagine even when I am threatened with a video clip of John Terry’s career.
These are the problems that should be addressed by depth, isn’t it?
Quality replacement for every player in case of injury or suspension or poor form. Whatever the circumstances it’s a game we simply have to win, yes the league is just three games old but we are already 4 points behind Chelsea FC 2003. This month is truly massive for us and one where I believe we ought to take atleast 10 points from the next four games in the league.
To make things difficult we have to travel to Dortmund, welcome Southampton in the league cup and play Galatasaray at home before we end up at Chelsea. The fixture list don’t look kind at all City, Dortmund, Villa, Spurs, Galatasaray, Chelsea, then getting banjaxed, i.e next internationals. Man City at home is one where 3 points is a must and the same can be said of games against Villa, Spurs, Southampton and Galatasaray. Its important not to lose against Dortmund and Chelsea.The pressure is well and truly on.
*Update: Ozil took part in full training today, now that’s a positive!