It was Duke Ellington who said that it is 20% skill and 80% luck, and I agree. Last night when we faced City, we had luck on our side. They had 67% of the game and 18 shots to our 3, but we walked away with the spoils. For sixty-minutes of the game, we held them at bay, then things changed with Zinchenko getting sent off for a second yellow card.
Mourinho still has got a lot of work to do, but another piece of luck on our side is that Chelsea and United are stumbling all over the place. Over the weekend both clubs drew. In fact, out of the top six, only Liverpool and we walked away with the maximum points. This season we’ve taken four points of City, who are in second place.
Liverpool have probably won the league as our victory over City helped their chances immensely.
Steven Bergwijn marked his debut with a superb volley as we won an ill-tempered Premier League game with 10-man City to boost our top-four hopes. This result lifts us into fifth, four points behind fourth-placed Chelsea (who we have got on the 22nd), while City remain second, 22 points behind leaders Liverpool who can win the title on 21 March when they play Crystal Palace.
Steven Bergwijn goal, who is only 22-year-old’s, came with our first shot on target after Zinchenko had been dismissed for a second yellow card and City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan had seen a first-half penalty saved by Hugo Lloris.
Son Heung-min’s effort, which deflected off Fernandinho as it flew past City goalkeeper Ederson into the bottom left corner confirmed a valuable victory for us.
Overall we were lucky, but as I said, any team that has aspirations needs a hefty dose of luck. But it isn’t just luck, our team battled together to keep our guests out and mostly they did. After the FA Cup replay on Wednesday Mourinho has 11 days to prepare his team to face Villa (the length of time is because of the winter break).
If Mourinho can get it right (what he wants out of the players), we will have a team that can go places. And it isn’t all over yet this season, either, as there is still a lot to play for. We are still fighting for a top four finish and we are still in the FA Cup. Then there is the Champions League. All I can say is, COYS!
There will be more in my Blog on this match and about the day.