A disappointing draw on Wednesday night against a hard-working Everton side sees us slip off the pace in the Premier League, and Super Guus has rightly written us off from winning the Premier League - with Man United looking like they're going to win their third successive trophy. Still, there are some positives to be taken from all of this...
Ok, so the match didn't go as planned. A dour and hard-working side with no flair or panache played against us at the Bridge, and somehow managed to keep a clean sheet. I know a few of you will be thinking how well Everton have done, but the complete lack of anything special going forwards means that watching them play (certainly on a weekly basis) can be one of the dullest things known to man. Yes, its a results game, but do you have to play so dull?! We have NOTHING to fear in the FA Cup Final - unless they manage to hold us to penalties (which might just be their uninspiring plan).
We've now dropped to six points off Man United having played a game more. Assuming they win, we need to try and claw back 9 points over the next 5 games - and I can't see United losing more than once in the run-in, even if they end up playing Ryan Giggs at right-back!
Superman Hiddink himself has written off the title challenge, whilst also conceding it might do us a favour - "We said before the match that we could not drop any more points and we have. Mathematically we're in the title race but we have to be honest and focus now on the Champions League and FA Cup."
With the Premier League out of the way (and a spot in the top four practically guaranteed), we don't need to worry about getting decent teams out, and playing our best players against the likes of Fulham, Arsenal, Blackburn or Sunderland - playing for the cups is about getting the best possible team together to face Barcelona (twice), and not worriying whether Terry, Lampard, Ballack or Drogba need the next game off.
With our season effectively now built around three games, and Guus Hiddink being the master of winning knockout games, we can give the Champions League and FA Cup our best shot, and take home a memorable double.
Can we beat Barcelona? I can't wait to find out!
What do you reckon? Can we win the double?