When you sit back and think, football is just a game at the end of the day. Despite our complete adulation for the sport and the clubs we support, there is so much more to concentrate on in life, in particular family and health. Yesterday, Performance Director Nick Broad was tragically killed in a car accident in Paris near Saint-Germain-en-Laye. He was rushed to hospital where he later passed away with his family by his side.
It is an horrendous piece of news for a man who was so highly thought of at the club. Coach Carlo Ancelotti was in particular very fond of the Englishman who also worked with him at Chelsea during his two-year tenure between 2009 and 2011.
Again, it is another reminder in life at just how vulnerable we all are. I do not want to get all philosophical and come across as patronising but despite the intense goings on at a football club and the people who work for them, they are only human beings after all.
Mr Broad was only 38-years-old. Thoughts and prayers are with his family who must be in despair at the moment.
This has hit the club hard also. The hierarchy made a request to Canal+ in conjunction with the LFP for the game against Bordeaux to be postponed. This has been declined.
Whether or not Ancelotti will hold his pre-match presser later today remains to be seen but the Italian is one who grows fond of his colleagues and this news will leave him with a heavy heart.
As my readers know, before each fixture I will always write up a detailed preview on the game in hand. At this time however it just does not feel like the right thing to do. It will feel wrong to go into incessant detail regarding the clash at the Stade Chaban Delmas after what has happened.
The hosts are on a six-match unbeaten run which included a 2-0 win away to Rennes last weekend propelling them up to fourth, just a place outside the Champions League spots. If they were to beat us tomorrow they would only trail us by four points emphasising again just how tight the league is.
With leaders Olympique Lyonnais only managing a 0-0 draw at home to Evian last night, a win will put us back on top via goal difference. So the incentive is there but whether or not the players minds will be fully on the task in hand after the traumatic incident yesterday remains to be seen. They are professionals, but human after all. Let us not forget that.
Thiago Motta is suspended after his dismissal last weekend and skipper Thiago Silva is out for three weeks after injuring his thigh in the 0-0 stalemate with Ajaccio. It is a huge blow for us indeed and his presence will be missed. Mamadou Sakho will come back into the centre of defene with Alex as Christophe Jallet uptakes the armband.
RIP Nick Broad (1975-2013)