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Now Is the Time to Fight!
As usual following a big defeat or a competition exit, the hue and cries go up about everything is wrong at the club. The players aren’t good enough, the manager doesn’t care, the board is greedy, etc…. But, as always, it pays to step back and get some perspective on the situation.
Going out to Barcelona after having held a lead in the second leg at the Nou Camp despite missing more than half of our regular starting XI including almost the entire spine of the side. There’s no getting around it… we were outclassed throughout the tie. Yet, if we want to take positives from the two legs, they are there. We put in a valiant, albeit handicapped, effort against the best club side in the world. There is no shame to be had from that. I have every confidence that barring some kind of freak events Barcelona will go on to win it again this year.
Still, some of the stuff I have been reading online from supporters makes it sound as though the season is over and we are complete failures. We are still in this title race. The important thing is that the players don’t respond the way some of the supporters have. We must keep our focus. It is not only the league title at stake but finishing above United would also be an achievement.
Are there issues with the side that became glaringly obvious over two legs with Barcelona and need to be addressed this summer? Sure. Is NOW the time to worry about them? Hell no. Supporters and the club will have all summer long to discuss and rectify shortcomings and issues with the squad but we are still in a meaningful position in the title race and anything can happen.
And what better than a trip to Tottenham to get the side focused on what needs to be done? Our record against Spurs in the last ten years has been nothing short of phenomenal. And we have seen this side show a lot of resiliency in the past year when coming off bitterly disappointing defeats. Now is not the time to hang our heads in shame. Now is the time to fight!