Friday, November 18, 2011

Making plans for Nigel

So, Nigel de Jong wants to meet up with HBA, the player he crippled last season, does he? Probably a wise move that the encounter's been scheduled to take place post-match, in case there's any further flare-up between the two during the game.

The Silver Fox said of the Frenchman that "he was absolutely clear to me that he has no problem about going back there, no problem about facing their particular player", which to me suggests that HBA is hungry for a bit of revenge in one form or another. Hopefully it'll be both constructive and within the rules of the game - while a desire to hurt his assailant would be understandable, we'll find it hard enough to get a result at the Etihad as it is, without being forced to play with ten men.

Of course, given the riches at Roberto Mancini's disposal and his general squad rotation policy, there's a chance that de Jong won't actually start the game for the league leaders, depriving HBA of the opportunity to get his own back.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

NDJ did not intend to injure this player!! Did you actually attend the game? Do you remember the conditions? It's so petty to suggest your player is 'out for revenge'. Please grow up you silly silly boy!

3:32 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It was a fair tackle you wanker.

3:40 p.m.  
Blogger Ben said...

Whether or not there was intention is immaterial - it was a challenge that carried a high risk of a broken leg, hence it was a dangerous challenge and should have been punished accordingly. Nice to see you lot suffering from the same persecution complex as your cross-city rivals - why not just ignore any sniping and enjoy being top of the league?

10:31 p.m.  
Blogger Ben said...

And just to add in response to the first commenter, no I didn't attend the game. But I watched the challenge on TV in slow motion from multiple angles, which gives me a much better and more complete perspective than someone who witnessed it in person but didn't see the match highlights.

10:34 p.m.  

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