JEEEEZ, where do I start?
Arsenal coming right, Manchester United looking like they’re up for a title challenge, Manchester City super slick and Chelsea sinking to what was for me, the worst defeat in years!
Amazing how a month can totally change the complexion of the league.
Let’s not forget Spurs going through a “choke” period and the Scousers dropping points to teams they’d normally pulverize. But for me, unfortunately, the most critical change has come at Stamford Bridge.
Four weeks ago the Blues were top of the league! The 3-1 loss against City was mad, we didn’t have a clue, they took us apart, it was a proper footballing lesson and the scoreline could have been 6-0.
But what’s happened? Why are Chelsea looking THAT bad? Just 30 days ago we were 16 games unbeaten.
Ok, Sunday’s crucifixion followed a couple of recent poor results, but surely when you’re up against a team like City you give every ounce you have?
Tactically Chelsea were outdone, but what really is worrying was the energy, intensity and fight, and the lack of it.
To be honest, I felt f****** embarrassed. I’m not a little internet git posting “Lampard Out” messages and I really don’t want him to go. But he needs to change things quickly, because regrettably Roman Abramovich lacks a bit of patience and with a staggering sum spent, will be expecting a return on investment sooner rather than later.
It was interesting listening to both coaches after the game. Frank was less “annoyed” than he was last week, but looked visibly shaken by the sky blue whirlwind he just got shat out of, while Pep Guardiola spoke of a return to the way his sides used to play.
And it must be said City looked at their imperious best, such great passing and movement and not the boring sideways type, it was driven, slick and powerful.
The only positive that can be taken, (because there always has to be a positive) is that the Blues won the second half 1-0.
But who’s kidding who? City were still the better side and they’d taken their foot off the pedal, content with a 3-0 lead.
Thankfully for us this weekend sees the return of the FA Cup.
It’ll give Frank and the lads a break (looks like Chelsea’s tie against Morecambe FC might be postponed due to a Covid outbreak at the League Two side).
Then a trip down the road to Craven Cottage for the West London Derby, which for me is a make or break moment for Lampard.
So, what’s the lesson so far? KEEP YOUR BIG BEK SHUT… I’ve been very cautious about expecting big things for my team this season as you know, but this league this time around is a proper rollercoaster for everyone.
While the fever-pitch arrogance of Liverpool fans hadn’t stopped for months, they’ve gone quiet again, something ain’t right, or at least they definitely ain’t like they were last year…
The last couple of results have highlighted that. And of course the quiet ones (Manchester United) are right up their arse.
Haha, could Ole Gunnar Solskjaer really be the one? Long way to go ladies and gents, in the meantime, wishing you all a healthy 2021.
Let’s all do the right thing, mask up, keep your distance, and keep those hands clean.
Chat next week, hopefully will have crawled out of my depression by then.
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