Lovely day and the cones,mannequins etc all being set up as I arrived and all the players started coming out.And it was all again including Nasri and one or two others who went in after the briefing from Pellegrini. A long briefing it was as well with no doubt some words about starting games sloppily or believing we are invincible.All in the new yellow training kit apart from 2 with blue tops on. Maybe right backs are allowed or maybe Les Chapman ran out.
Good news that Negredo was fully involved but I fully expect the prospects of him playing will depend on any reaction after today.Maybe he has no chance at all as I thought Pellegrini had already ruled him out.Jovetic and Rodwell also fully involved along with Boyata and Lopes and 19 in total out there for the initial jogging ,stretches and basic routines.Then into a couple of keep ball circles with Kun doing a little extra running and those who played the full 90 v Watford going inside.
With the games coming thick and fast there is no way a training session can be full on all the time.There are bound to be niggles after matches and the manager will have to listen to and rely on the medical staff to get the right training for each player. Nearly an injury in the keep ball circle as Nasti went into a studs up lunge which earned him a red card ( from me!)
All on my own today as the paps would be over at the swamp trying to get pictures of the new saviour. The group moved into some pass and move game.I hope they understood what it was all about as I didn't. 3 teams I think and it was very fast as teams tried to pass/move/ press.Richard Wright became an outfield players as the numbers became uneven and even Joe had a go with his football skill.Looked ok to.Two things in this was how well Lopes fits into the group and how good Silva is.I think I often say it but it's great to watch Merlin when it's all about first touch,awareness and passing.
That finished and it was into attack v defence. 6 attacking 4 plus a keeper for a while and then 5 v5 with Pellegrini in the thick of it inside the penalty box directing everything.Two sweet goals scored.First from Jovetic from a Negredo cross and then Lopes from Zaba.At one time Pellegrini started to encourage the attackers to shoot from the edge of the box but that was more to ensure the defenders got close to stop them doing it.
Then it was into a 6 a side game to finish off with.Plenty of goals coming from Zaba 3,Rodwell 2,Fernandinho 3,Clichy.Some brilliant saves from Hart and Wright but for me the best goal of the lot was from Fernandinho .A screamer from about 15 yards that flew into the top corner.Lopes did everything but score including one that rebounded miles from the cross bar.
And so they will all do warm downs and get ready for the trip to London.How good would 3 pts be at Spurs.