Date:Monday March 7 2011
Taking a narrow lead into the CL game against Barca offers a tantalising chance of progress. It probably isn't enough and their away goal they have could yet prove crucial. But it's a one off game and history proves that anything can happen in a one off game. Batter the opposition in the 2001 FA cup final and end up on the losing side. Get battered in the 2005 final and take the trophy. "Events dear boy", as Harold MacMillan once said, are what really shapes our destiny as the Carling Cup has shown.
There are some choices to make for this game. We've got a chance no matter how small many will tell us it is so what team would give us the best chance? We can assume with everyone fit as we anticipate that the back 5 should pick itself. But should we make changes for this game? If so who, where and why? Cesc may be back in midfield and Wilshere should probably be alongside him based on his first leg performance or should we do something different for an away game that we need to keep tight? Who would make up the midfield? A defensive player Diaby or Denilson? Move Nasri back perhaps? The better possession we can keep the less Barca will have the ball to damage us with. Rosicky offers better ball retention than many others in the side. Do we find room for him?
RvP is out so who plays up front? Chamakh or Bendtner? What does one offer over the other? Arshavin didn't start in the first leg. Why not? Was this a nod towards the need to keep as much control of the ball as we could? Is his direct style more important later in the game as has been suggested in previous encounters when Barca might tire?
Can you pick the team for the game? Who would you pick to give us the best chance of going through and why?
Date:Monday March 7 2011
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