“The greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn’t exist.”

Charles Baudelaire (1821-67)

With the holiday season upon us and the game weeks coming thick and fast, none of us have much time, no time for reading extensive prose, no time for our usual media content – which can be out of date before it’s published.

Lets get to it.My general theme this week is trust no one, make the time to check the facts yourself before you make rash decisions. And double check the deadlines. That’s it, enjoy that other world we call real life.

Got time for a coffee ? And a gossip ?

So, you know we all have the need to belong, be part of the gang, be one of the lads, it makes us feel part of something and gives us confidence, well, just saying , just because everyone else is doing it, doesn’t make it the right thing for you and your team.

And another thing, people lie, they lie behind your back and they lie to your face. Managers lie in press conferences all the time, it’s tactical, get used to it and get over it. But like a good friend, you can trust, Bielsa is an exception.

alas he has since said no more tip offs

Tell you what, ever been catfished ? That Man City, what are they like ? Useless all season, suddenly wham bam 5-0 thrashing of Burnley, here we go, let’s have it, triple up and triple captain baby and oh Kevin-blanking-deBruyne. Talk about single game week anomaly…

You’ll never guess what I heard, you didn’t hear this from me right, but players get rested over the festive period.Kane and Salah this week, with benchings for Bruno and Kevin Boxing Day, heard it at the hairdressers, woman in the next chair’s daughter’s boyfriend knows a geezer who washes Pep’s car.

Cake ?

Remember, there are two sides to every story, make sure to get the full picture before stepping back and formulating a decision.

The Devil is in the detail

Postscript

The quote which heads up this weeks entry was first stated in the book, The Generous Gambler by Charles Pierre Baudelaire. Translated from the french original, he tells us of an interview with the Devil: “He complained in no way of the evil reputation under which he lived, indeed, all over the world, and he assured me that he himself was of all living beings the most interested in the destruction of Superstition, and he avowed to me that he had been afraid, relatively as to his proper power, once only, and that was on the day when he had heard a preacher, more subtle than the rest of the human herd, cry in his pulpit: ‘My dear brethren, do not ever forget, when you hear the progress of lights praised, that the loveliest trick of the Devil is to persuade you that he does not exist!’ “

The most popular reinterpretation of this quote is in the 1995 movie The Usual Suspects, written by Christopher McQuarrie.

He is supposed to be Turkish. Some say his father was German. Nobody believed he was real. Nobody ever saw him or knew anybody that ever worked directly for him, but to hear Kobayashi tell it, anybody could have worked for Soze. You never knew. That was his power. The greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn’t exist. One story the guys told me — the story I believe — was from his days in Turkey. There was a petty gang of Hungarians that wanted their own mob. They realized that to be in power you didn’t need guns or money or even numbers. You just needed the will to do what the other guy wouldn’t. After a while they come to power, and then they come after Soze. He was small time then, just running dope, they say…