Club football reaches its climax this weekend with the play-off finals at Wembley and the Champions League final in Milan. There isn’t much complaint about sending both Madrid teams to the San Siro, mainly because UEFA offers so few tickets to supporters of each club that most will be forced to watch on television or YouTube.
It’s transfer season and with Dani Alves likely to leave Barcelona, Catalan scientists have been sifting through their samples to locate some DNA which will draw a player to the Camp Nou. They aren’t particularly good at their jobs so rely on the media to do their job for them so lo and behold, Hector Bellerin’s name surfaced.
The Chirpy Catalan Cockney offered the usual platitudes, saying he is “happy” at Arsenal and the dance begins. No doubt some will get upset about it all but from Bellerin’s point of view, the attention is no bad thing. Not just because of the flattery that being considered for one of Europe’s elite, it also keeps him firmly in the mind of the Spanish public.
Omitted from the Spanish Euro2016 provisional squad, Bellerin is at the age where he will be looking to break into the squad on a regular basis and then into the starting XI. Anything which keeps the media talking about him only serves his purpose and another good season at club level will do him no harm in that sense. If Arsenal can break the cycle of last sixteen exits in the Champions League, eliminating a Spanish club along the way, so much the better.
And not just for him either!
With various internationals taking place last night, half an eye is kept on the matches around the globe. If you watched the England game, fair play to your stamina. A tired performance is how I’ll generously put it, especially as the perfect start came with Marcus Rashford’s goal. The most fascinating thing about the evening was Jedinak’s beard which I’m sure is home to 15 endangered species.
Jack came through unscathed and was largely indifferent in his performance. It won’t do him any harm ahead of the Euros though with games every three or four days in the bloated competition. Not having played for a year in a competitive match means it will take him time to regain his sharpness. With just the upcoming friendly against Portugal, time isn’t on his side if he wants to nail down a starting XI place.
As if that’s in doubt. England are starved of talent in any position let alone midfield.
Not much else at the moment. Gonzalo Higuain scored a cracking goal last night against Honduras, adding to the belief that he’s a world class striker. A shame we only viewed him as a stalking horse for Suarez. Ahem…
It’s not the sort of goal you could see Olivier scoring. Mind you, in most domestic leagues, Higuain would have been unceremoniously dumped on his arsenal by a full back. Nonetheless, it’s the goal of a confident striker.
A final note about Dad’s Jukebox, the weekly music playlists. They and the archives have moved to their new home, curiously enough called Dad’s Jukebox, where a couple of new ones have been added. The weekly lists will begin again over this weekend.