Well ladies and gents, it’s the first opportunity I’ve had to chat about the sacking of Frank Lampard.
I know you’re all feeling good about it. It’s fine, I’m already over it.
As in my response to Martin in my mailbag below, the likelihood is that the groundwork done by Lampard with the youngsters and a squad of quality players will create the perfect environment for Thomas Tuchel to kick on next season. I’m pretty sure about that.
More pressingly, I have a problem. That is, sometimes I open my big bek and it changes the course of football history.
OK, I don’t really think I’m some sort of demigod, but the coincidences happen too often!
Like if I’m watching Arsenal getting slaughtered, tweet something negative about them and up springs Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang with a brace in three minutes.
The latest being my analysis of Liverpool last Tuesday, when I mentioned some of the shortcomings of recent weeks.
So of course they came out against Tottenham like the Liverpool of the last couple of seasons. They were full-on, controlling the game, playing all the good football and making Jose Mourinho’s lot look worse than Chelsea on a bad Chelsea day!
However, I haven’t lost all my confidence, my opinions are right sometimes, I think.
Like since the resurgence of Manchester United, I’ve been saying all along, “they just don’t look good, often lucky to get results”.
Their position in the league says differently, but after losing to Sheffield United at home (the worst team in the history of the EPL points-wise) and then on the end lucky to get a point at Arsenal on Saturday, I feel justified in what I’ve been saying.
As with Chelsea, United have been terrible against the top clubs, accumulating all their points at the lower end.
They’ve scored just one goal in six “Top-Six” fixtures.
That’s really [email protected] and definitely not the form needed to win a title.
Of course it’s early days, halfway through the season and much will chop and change.
There’s no doubt Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has turned things around to a degree. But again, his side have a long way to go if they are even thinking about a challenge.
Anyway, back to the weekend and a couple of highlights for me.
Leeds doing Leicester was out of the blue. There were patches in the game where Leeds looked brilliant and capitalised superbly as the Foxes pushed for an equaliser.
And then, it has to be said, Mo Salah’s goals at West Ham…
His first was textbook Salah, but the second! What a touch and finish. Top, top draw!
Football continues with four games tonight, five tomorrow and on Thursday a huge one as Chelsea travel to Spurs… Gotta put one on Jose!
Sundays 6.30pm kickoff comes at just the right time, City forging ahead, the Scousers finding some form…
It’s a must-win for Jurgen Klopp to avoid a seven-point gap!
Stay safe people, do the right thing, let’s wave bye bye to the second wave… Chat next week.