Date: 11th September 2019 at 8:00pm
Written by: Mark Day

Right, back to business.

Hopefully the international break has given everyone a chance to calm down. Just take a step back, collect your thoughts and try not to get so angry at such an early stage of the season.

Saturday’s game is a very intriguing one for the Blues, somewhat because of our opposition. Charlton Athletic have taken the league by surprise somewhat in the early part of the season. Having been predicted to finish 21st by FourFourTwo in the summer, they have come firing out of the blocks in the league. They are so far unbeaten in the league and sit 2nd in the table under the stewardship of former Blues player Lee Bowyer.

Switching attention back to us though, and I think the international break couldn’t have come at a better time. If you take a look at the list of players that we lost for international duty, there weren’t any players there that you would call first-team regulars. Jude Bellingham captained the England U17s to victory in the Syrenka Cup (congratulations to him by the way), but other than that we didn’t have any players leave the premises. That means this international break will have had the perfect opportunity to drill his methods into the side, so I expect there to be no screw-ups or misplaced passes from anyone.

It should be a good contest to watch, with Birmingham looking to end their poor run of form away from home in the league, and hopefully putting up a better performance then their last away game when we were thumped at Swansea City. However, I want to remind fans once again that if we do lose it is not the end of the world.

As Blues fans made it clear on Twitter, we aren’t expected to be challenging near the top of the table this season, so if we do lose it isn’t the end of the world and there’s plenty of more games out there for us to pick up points from.

What do you think? Do you think that a good result would be a good indicator of how well Clotet has managed to get his system across? Or do you think that it’s too early to put Charlton down as a ‘top’ team?

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