The Hard Work Has Only Just Begun
Okay, we`ve qualified for the knockout stages, of the Champions League, with time to spare, which is a vast improvement on last season, but now is not the time to be resting on our laurels.
We should be under no illusions that the hard work has been done, in fact it`s fair to say that it has only just begun, a point Michael Carrick has picked up on when he`s quoted as having remarked, yesterday about the knockout stages,
'That is the big test.'
'That is when the competition really comes alive. We have done the first part. The second one is when we get the really big European nights and we go away to the best places in Europe and win games."
'We have managed to do that very well over the past few years. Hopefully we can get back to that.'
And with the final back at Wembley, a scene we know so well; is there a better incentive?