Ray Wilkins – RIP
It’s absolutely devastating to hear that Ray Wilkins has passed away. Ray was a neighbour of mine and I’d always see him cutting the lawn in his old England shorts – we used to love having him pop over for a chat.
I never really knew Ray as a footballer I just knew him as a friend and I was really close with him in the end. He was such a Gent and I don’t know anyone in or out of the game that would have a bad word to say about him – he was that much of a nice fella!!!
I think when my time finally comes I’ll have the odd person slagging me off but Ray was such a class act and had such a lovely manner about him which meant you couldn’t not love the bloke!
He’ll be deeply missed from the world of football, but he’ll be sorely missed by The Bullard’s as well.
What about the game at Anfield this week, then?!?! WOW!!
Don’t get me wrong, fair play to Liverpool but that was a proper freak of a game.
That will not happen again this, or next, season. Liverpool could play City twenty-five times and they won’t replicate that. It won’t happen. If you were a betting man you wouldn’t have that: 3-0 up inside 30 minutes? ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!?!
I just thought City could have done with the away goal and they’d have come away from the match with their chins up – but knowing the season they’ve had I wouldn’t put it past them to win 4-0 back at The Ethihad.
I’ve heard some people say that Liverpool might not have actually done a job on them, but City were a bit sloppy defensively.
If you use Kyle Walker turning into trouble, which led to Salah’s goal, as an example, then you could have a case, but if you stretch that across the length of the season, that’s why they are where they are: by keeping possession and not booting the ball out for a corner, it leads to chances during the latter part of that spell.
So yeah, when you’re playing possession football against top quality outfits, you can lose the game, but when you stretch it out across the course of the season, then (as we’ve seen), teams will get ironed out.
You’ve got to hold your hands up and say that Liverpool were impressive, but are City capable of winning 3-0 in the second leg?
A Week Of Two Halves For Pep?
I don’t think Pep will get too hung up on the Liverpool result as City prepare to host United on Saturday, where they could win the League by beating their local rivals.
Regular readers of my BetBright Blog will know how much I love Pep and I honestly don’t think there’s been a team of Premier League Champions with as much class as this City side.
I don’t think anyone’s ever won it in this style and there’s not been another Premier League winning manager who hasn’t changed their philosophy throughout the season.
When he first came over, there were a lot of questions asked as to whether a solely possession-based footballing philosophy would work over here and Pep has certainly answered those critics – Where are they now??!!
Look what he’s done with these City players! Did you ever hear of Sane, Laporte or Bernardo Silva before Pep got his hands on them?! I’d heard of Jesus of Nazareth before, but not Gabriel Jesus!! Pep is a footballing God!!
Beating United will be the icing on the cake for City and they WILL win at the Weekend, I’m telling you (10/11 with BetBright). Losing to Liverpool will have sent a little message to these City players, which is that, it doesn’t matter how good you are or how well you’re playing, you can have a shocker of a result, so they’ll go into the weekend with their ears pricked.
Beating United will be the perfect way for City to win the league and it’ll be hard for Jose, but if he’s a real man then he’ll have to hold his hands up and say, ‘all the best, fair play: it was thoroughly deserved’.
He’s been outgunned this season and I believe that his players have let him down a bit this year, but Pep’s certainly haven’t, have they!?
Ronaldo and Messi are Super Heroes!
Just as I was thinking to myself that Messi was top dog, out of nowhere, Ronaldo comes out with that UNBELIEVABLE over-head kick! He is an absolute animal!
I don’t even think you’d find Messi pulling that out of the bag!!
At this moment in time we’ve just got to sit back, relax and enjoy watching these two players drive each other on. What we’re witnessing here are not human beings: these are super-heroes!
They’re doing things now that we’ll have to wait a good fifteen or twenty years to see again. Maradona was the last person who was on their level and that was when I was in nappies!
Alright, we’ve had the likes of Ronaldinho and Zidane more recently, but they’ve not completely dominated a generation of footballers like Messi and Ronaldo.
We are so lucky to be witnessing the talent of these two absolute geezers!!
Tips For Derby Weekend…
It’s another cracking weekend of footy we’ve got lined up with Derby weekend which kicks off on Merseyside, at Goodison.
Big Sam won’t need to do much to get his Everton side up for this one as the players will know just how big it is, but even at home they’ll have a tough time of it against Klopp’s lads who will be absolutely flying after beating City in the Champions League.
City will win the league this weekend. No doubt about it. There will be goals as well and I’d back City to win and BTTS at 13/5 with BetBright. Sane first goal scorer isn’t a bad shout either, so I’d tip him at 13/2!
I wouldn’t be surprised if Mahrez plays out of his skin for the rest of the season just to get a big move somewhere in the summer, so I can see him having a stormer on Saturday afternoon and he’s 9/4 anytime to bag against Newcastle.
Some one will get ironed out this weekend – I can feel it and I hope to God it’s not West Ham at Stamford Bridge!!!
Chelsea are 1/4 which might suggest that the bookies fancy a bit of a pasting here and Conte might be on his way out in the summer but if he does go he’d want to leave with his reputation in tact so will be drilling it into his players that a big performance is needed.
Have a good one ladies and gents!
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