My good friend Ross is back in the guest bloggers chair with his latest idea. It involves Spurs, Gazza and an Argentine character you are all familiar with. I’ll let Ross explain further – enjoy!
Hello, it’s good to be back. Thank you, firstly, for all the positive comments regarding my previous Parma work. After Russia 18 (no one called it that though) I needed an idea. Then I saw this picture…
Maradona in a Spurs shirt, yes it happened – during an Ossie Ardiles testimonial in fact. So, what if he joined in real (CM9798) life. I made it happen, but he came with an unusual request.
I sit in my office near White Hart Lane, on the other side of the desk is one Diego Maradona. I say to him ‘Are you sure about this?’, ‘Yes’ he replies, ‘or I don’t join’. ‘Ok, I’ll make it happen’. I turn to my assistant and say, ‘Get me Paul Gascoigne on the phone please’.
Inside 3 hours I have a beaming Geordie yelling ‘I’M BACK!’
So, this is the story of when Paul met Diego.
First things first, I need to assess my squad. Diego and Gazza are in their 30’s and the front line will be Jurgen and Sir Les, who are also into their more mature years.
Diego forgets tell me he is injured. Nothing serious just a heel problem, will clear up in time for the start of the league campaign.
I’m going for a trendy formation, all the kids seem to be using it so I’ll jump on the band wagon to get success.
Sol Campbell will be the actual captain. Ian Walker wears too much gel to be taken seriously.
Our first game of the season is Chelsea. Been a while since we have beaten them. I tell the team they will need time to bond and it may not happen straight away but to keep it tight at the back.
I’m not sure they heard me…
Diego sets up one and Gazza was very strong. Our front 5 combined age is nearly 160, but 4 goals is something to keep them feeling young. The fans are happy and surely the board are too.
That same board call me up to say I can only buy when I sell. I can transfer list myself I have to wait for one to go and replace like for like. So far, probably because Anderton is injured, no bids have come in.
I go into the next match not sure what to tell the players. Diego just juggles a ball without doing his laces up during pre-match warm ups. I worry the lad will break his neck one day, or worse, Gazza ties his laces together.
Wow, what a team I have. Maradona scores, and provides more assists. Dad’s army are sticking them away. Wondering now if we could trouble the title favourites?
In a word, no.
And we had a goal cancelled out in the 88th min. Fuming I was, fuming.
Important to bounce back but a loss in our next game makes me think this team will be very 50/50.
I notice that we have been missing Steve Carr from those two matches. Maybe I’ve been focusing too much on the 2 big stars and not my little sprinting Irishman.
Leeds are next, Elland Road is never a happy hunting ground for Spurs. But with Carr back and some loud shouting from Diego, not sure what he says as it’s all in Spanish, we are up for it.
Lovely stuff. Gazza gets 2 and real life future player Richards helps us by lunging into Daveed.
After beating Bolton at home it’s Barnsley at WHL which should be fine…and is
Ginola playing alongside Maradona behind the front 2 is paying off.
Scales and Campbell are rock solid and David Howells is showing why he should be an England regular.
Blackburn do us in the last few minutes just after I thought we had nicked the game.
I tell the lads not to worry about it, but Gazza keeps yelling something in Geordie and I just smile and nod.
The next match is the North London Derby. I think Gazza got himself too wound up before the game. But how we lost against 9 men is beyond me.
I can’t let it go, 9 men vs 11. Adams was sent off early as well.
I’ll end this first part with the table.
A strong start but Chelsea have a game on hand on us. 26 goals are a lot but I’m worried the defence will cost us.
At the bottom and Everton and Newcastle have a lot to do. Though I reckon Newcastle will bounce up the league one Wor Al comes back after injury.
I’m still upset, 9 men!!!! Anyway, Diego is doing great and Gazza has promised to stop letting off fire extinguishers in hotels.
Join me next time, ciao for now.
You can follow Ross on Twitter @Riddley82