Dele dumbfounds Detractors.
He should have had a hat-trick, last night he showed what he is capable of; he applied himself. He wanted it, he played his heart out and all of the siren calls to drop him to the bench has now been silenced - at least until he has another small dip, although my bet is he won`t now, he is buzzing.
I also have to mention the wonderful and fast maturing Winks, there are still some who think he isn`t good enough and never will be, last night he dominated, he held the ball, he jinked, he moved and every pass was a positive one, he made their midfield chase shadows. He kept the ball at will. I continue to believe he will be our greatest how grown midfielder in the modern era. It wouldn`t surprise me if he is in future on of the first name son the England team sheet, and he is yet to play one full season.
Almost too difficult to get my thoughts in line about last night performance as it was so magnificent, so comprehensive, so utterly conclusive that I and a small group of friends who attended ended up in the West End celebrating hard into the wee hours.
First, I`ll hold my hands up..
In the forum on the match thread just before I was leaving (and my confidence was and always is at it is weakest), I said this: "I don't want to be negative, but I think we are going to be up against a different *better* RM tonight - I really don't think they are playing too well, but first time at Wembley and after the first leg, they have a point to prove.
Hope I'm wrong, but suspect we will do well to scrape a draw; they just have so much talent at their disposal if their heads are right then we are really going to have our hands full and IF Poch plays Llorente and Harry together again, they'll be ready for us this time.'
Yep, that's what I said...(all red faced now)..
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Before I could even digest what I wrote I was properly put in my place for thinking such thoughts by 'Tarrico the Yid`, who said this:
"They can't improve that defence though. They are so open at the back I think we will exploit them."
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He was of course absolutely spot on.
They really couldn`t cope with us, I`ll game plan was perfection itelf and the weaknesses that Tarrico had spotted were mercilessly exploited. Even Trippier who I`ve been less than effusive about on occasion never put a foot wrong, he was outstanding.
(For the Poch detrators, if you can't see his qualities now, you never will).
One great side show last night was a friend who comes from Barcelona who as you might have guessed has a burning hatred for Real Madrid, as we started dominating he jumped up and down, as we scored he went berserk and as we won, he was incomprehensible and cried, yes cried with joy.
We were laughing our heads off at him all night,our mood was jubilant, until of course he ruined it and said "we will have to get him before the Madridiots - we don't care what he costs, we need to get him before Coutinho " - (it`s clear there is a whole new level of hatred now exists between the clubs supporters after recent political events in Spain).
In amongst all this I had a Friend called Robbie who was stupidly away with his family on a half term break, who`d normally he`d be with us;
I Texted him as we went 1-0 up :
"I hope you`re watching this?'
Robbie: "Sports bar couldn`t get a f******* signal, listening on 5 live back at the Villa, gutted! I will kill her [his wife] for making me be away tonight!"
Then we went 2:0 up.
The texts continued:
Robbie: "OMG!" Did you record the game?
Me: 'yes, when you back?
Robbie "land 10 p.m. Heathrow Saturday night"
Me: "OK we can watch it again Sunday."
Robbie: "no no no no , have to watch it as soon as I get back, I`ve just threatened to divorce the Mrs for making me miss this game, I won`t sleep until I watch it !!"
After the game we ended up in the West End and celebrated until we couldn`t anymore.
As I said, sorry this is such a short incoherent report, but I`m hoping your evening was just as great and memorable; we are a Champions league side and a few short steps away from greatness, and this is as much as you will get from me today, my bed, a box of paracetamol and gallon of water awaits.
Sweet dreams all.