What did I say about it looking like the Manchester derby would be a crucial game in deciding the winners of the Premier League in 2012? We really did throw away our game against Everton at the weekend, with them coming back from 3-1 down to draw 4-4. I bet it was a great game to watch from a neutral point of view but it was heartbreaking as a Man United fan. Man City, meanwhile, look to be growing in confidence as the season comes to an end. Their problems of a few weeks ago are apparently long gone – is it a coincidence that they’ve picked up since Balotelli has stopped playing? Maybe not.
We’ve got a week until derby day, next Monday, and I’ve got a lot on in that time, which is good to take my mind off it. The studio is full this week, for all five days, which is a bit unusual – not that I’m complaining. I’ve had to take on some help for a couple of days, when we’ve got a band in – a sound engineering student from the university is coming in to give me a hand. A bit like a placement, I suppose, but I’ll give him some cash for it – £20 a day maybe. It gives him some experience and takes a bit of work off me so I guess it’s a win-win situation. I just need to make sure I don’t have to go and see what employment law Manchester solicitors need to advise me on – I’d rather keep it casual.
I’ll watch the Champions League semi-final tonight, Chelsea v Barcelona, which should be a cracking game. Can Chelsea beat Barcelona at the Nou Camp? I doubt it and I predict a 3-1 win for Barcelona, but we’ll see. In some ways I would like to see Chelsea win it, just to show the rest of us that Barcelona can be beaten.