So, a 1-0 defeatto Salzburg last night seemed to highlight a lot of our failings from last season, but I thought there were plenty of positives to take.
Eduardo had a decent game, he will be criticised for taking extra touches in front of goal but for me, it’s good to see him not snatching at a chance – he looked calm and with time will get used to the pace of the Premiership. I can see him being eased in with RVP and Adebayor starting the season (although Robin had a very poor game last night).
The surprising star was Alex Hleb, who not only showed directness and accuracy in his passing, but his determination and workrate really impressed me. This appears to be a man with a point to prove, and if he carries on in this vein, he will be dangerous. Let’s hope it isn’t a one off.
Abou Diaby was strong and powerful but his passing needs a bit of work. There again, he was driving the team forward at times and his sharpness will improve.
Gallas was poor. Toure wasn’t much better, but our self-appointed defensive leader needs to perform much better than this, especially having been given the captain’s armband for the evening.
All in all, despite the result, an evening that showed a lot of promise. Rosicky’s hamstring is a concern, as it appears to be a perpetual injury, so we’ll have to wait for news on that. An injury free Tomas could have a superb season – in the first half an hour last night he showed that.
Emirates Cup at the weekend, and some proper opposition.