Date:Wednesday November 18 2009
Whilst I must admit that in most the years under Sven Goran Eriksson and Spineless Steve I did not look forward to the international breaks, well at all really, but under Fabio Capello I have done - and not just because we 'used' to see a number of Pompey players involved...
For me we do not 'really' get that many 'friendlies' under Capello, this is not his way - he is a winner, so he wants to win all the time and that means that he demands nothing less, although even he 'seemed' to give up during the 2nd half of the game against Brazil, he seemed to lose faith and just slumped into his chair with a 'I give up' look on his face. Given the poorness of some of those on display, can you blame him?
So, for that reason - the Capello mentality - I have warmed to international breaks.
The fact that I do go to a number of the England home games now, and 'hope' to get to more of the away games from now on, having been to Amsterdam earlier in the year, maybe this gives me more reason to 'enjoy' this, as I am not actually having a break from football and 'should' at times get to visit different countries too...
That said, when I am not going on 'international duty' I guess I do enjoy a bit of a break from the travelling - as most of you know I live in Devon, I do not drive, so have to mostly rely on trains, or mates going to away games from my end and the travelling can get a bit much. As I got to all home games and have attended most the games, home and away this season - although they are all away really - it is also 'nice' to get a bit of a break, time wise and finance wise too.
Obviously I was not in Qatar, unlike Ken - Vital towers is not paying me enough for finances to have stretched too that, plus I could not drink over in Doha really!
So, with my football intake recently limited to a 'patchy' connection for the U21 game against Portugal at the weekend, the 'bore draw' against Brazil and the Ireland - France game after that (I look forward to the 2nd leg tonight I must admit) I need my fix again.
Although none of that is a substitute for Pompey is it?
So, I cannot wait for the weekend when my travels begin again as I make my first journey to the Britannia Stadium, 'hopefully' it will be first time lucky... Remember the game is on sky too, so those of you that cannot make it can at least watch on the box, so it is a 'win win' situation.
Even the 'Pompey transfer speculation' has been limited during this break - although even the 'reports' you do hear are taken with an even larger dose of salts these days, given our financial position, despite some thoughts to the contrary, does not seem to leave us in a position where you even believe ANY of the 'claims' made anymore!
It has been a testing couple of weeks, granted I have got a few things done that I had to, but give me the day-in-day-out goings on of club football with Pompey - even if it is depressing at times! - which thankfully returns this weekend...
PLAY UP POMPEY!
Date:Wednesday November 18 2009
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