Good News and Bad News..
The Good News first… Arsenal beat Borussia Dortmund in the Champions league group stage fifth game and qualified for the knockouts finishing top of the group. What this means is:
1. This is Arsenals 3rd win in a row and 9th game unbeaten. We have scored 20 goals and conceded 8 in this run with 3 clean sheets.
2. We avoid playing Bayern Munich, Inter Milan, Real Madrid and Barcelona in the pre quarterfinals. Any other team can be managed, including Man U.
3. Robin van Persie now has 17 goals in all competitions this season. 33 goals this year for Arsenal. Amazing..
4. We play Man City twice in the next 4 weeks. In between them are 3 premier league games v/s minnows and one CL game v/s Olympiacos. Since we have already qualified, we can relax about the Olympiacos game and concentrate to get the best out of the 2 Man City games. The Carling cup match against them is critical for us. The good thing is that we are playing at home. We have lost only one game in 11at home this season in all competitions. A good record.
The Bad News.. Nadal lost badly to Federer in the second round robin game and then lost to Tsonga in the third round robin game. He is out of the Tournament with that. It’s disappointing that he didn’t even clear the group stage. He will certainly lose points with this as he was runner up last year.
The third test match between India and West Indies is most probably going to end up in a draw. They scored 591 in the first innings in reply to which we have scored 365 already for the loss of 6 wickets. Sachin got out at 94. Sad.