A quick and dirty news update, folks, to pass the time before Isaiah’s nifty-keen Getafe preview.
—Francesco Totti says that he deserves his fat contract extension, because early in his career, he turned us down. So there. Rock on, dude.
—Iniesta and Marquez are back in the side for Getafe. Both have received the okay from the medicos. Ghostface’s return took longer than usual, because he took the understandable risk of playing in the Champions League final. That match set back his recovery, but he’s adamant that he would do it again. Love me some Ghostface.
–It’s two months on ice for Thiago, who went under the knife for a ruptured meniscus.
–Guardiola and the coaching staff are worried about a fried Lionel Messi. Physically and mentally, our little genius is on the ropes right now. He wants to play against Getafe, but he probably won’t. And frankly, as Isaiah will make clear later, we shouldn’t need him to dispense with Getafe, dammit.
“Run, Lionel, run,” shrieks Maradummy and his staff, turning our rapier into Don Quixote’s lance. And we know what happened in that epic windmill battle. The pressure of Argentina’s World Cup hopes are resting on his squat little frame. Here’s hoping that he doesn’t buckle. A return to club football and the welcoming arms of a thoughtful, knowing medical staff will be just the thing.
–The dimwits are at it again, as Goal.com wonders whether we should sign Robinho. Absolutely yes, I say. Because we need a left winger who won’t track back on defense, who is selfish with the ball, who likes to party and thinks that training hard is more mere mortals which, thankfully, he is not. He will fit in perfectly with the Guardiola regime.
Actually, it isn’t all that laughable. They admit that there is no footballing reason that we shouldn’t sign the mercurial Brazilian, but make it clear that the non-footballing complexities might mitigate against such things.
And that’s why the gods made Willian.
–Reports are that we’ve nabbed a 7-year-old attacker from Lyon??!! SEVEN?! Really? I’m for spotting them young, but you shouldn’t have to change a player’s diapers when you pick him up at the airport. According to TribalFootball, the folks at Lyon are saying they haven’t seen a young talent such as Kais since one Karim Benzema.
–Ramon Cugat says that Gabi Milito could be playing again before the end of 2009. How sweet would that be? The pain when he runs has lessened, and our medicos are optimistic that it will go away completely. Best of luck, Gabi!
–Guess who’s available and will be in the lineup for Saturday’s Getafe match? That’s right, Chygrynskyy. My guess is that we’ll see him as a second-half sub if the match is well in hand. And why not? Significantly, he trained with most of the first team, except for the World Cup qualifier absentees, Messi and Alves.
–The At. Madrid match will be on Saturday, Sept. 19, a mere 3 days after the Inter clash at the San Siro. Shit. It’s part of that insane stretch of 7 matches in 22 days that we’re going to be undergoing. It was first planned as a Sunday clash, but hey, what’s one day amongst friends, right?