FOOTBALL’S BACK – BUT NOT AS WE KNOW IT
As fantastic as it was to see the Reds return to action, the match certainly had a different look and feel to what we’re all used to. The empty stands and drink breaks midway through each half were among the more obvious visual signs, but the lack of atmosphere that we associate with big matchdays was the most striking change. In all honesty it was a little eerie. What we gained in return, however, was an audible insight into how the players react to the different moments within a match, from passionate appeals for fouls to telling team-mates to push further forward in the early stages of an attack.
POGBA’S FIRST GAME IN 2020
Following a lengthy spell out with injury, Paul Pogba made his first appearance since Boxing Day when he was introduced as a substitute just after the hour mark. The Frenchman’s impact was swift; within a minute, he produced an effort on goal, prompting a key block by the Spurs defence. Then, in the closing stages, an enticing run into the area drew a clumsy foul from Eric Dier as Pogba’s quick feet proved too much for the Tottenham man to handle. It was great to see Pogba back on the pitch and no doubt there’s more to come between now and the end of the season.