Hello good football people. And another weekend of big results!
Before we get into a bit of that, I’d really like to ask your opinion on the increasing number of Premier League female pundits.
No, it shouldn’t be a question, but the uproar over in England isn’t letting up.
The female presenters they bring in are all professional or ex-pro at top national and international level.
Are the accusations of “weak comments”, “no real insight”, “always say the obvious” justified? Or is it simply the jarring effect they have on bigots?
We all agree, right? “They” stole football in England…The liberal middle classes.
And with it they have made sure that everything is squeaky clean and all-inclusive on and off the pitch.
I’m for most of it but against some of it. The reason I ask is that some of my football mates, (who are good people generally), tell me secretly that they prefer an all-male studio commenting on the Premier League!
But… they can’t give a valid reason as to why. Drop me a comment: [email protected].
Anyway, onto the football and, man, what a telling game Liverpool v City was.
As with last season when the Reds were untouchable, Manchester City are that in 2021.
No debate, they are by far the most complete, consistent, quality side in England. They are winning the League. I wouldn’t take a 50/1 bet against it.
The chasing pack are just that… chasing. There’s just no consistency. Out of the bunch I think Leicester are probably the best team, playing the best football, but it just ain’t happening for anyone.
There’s a long way to go, but it’s hard to see it changing.
Liverpool had some moments on Sunday, but at no point did it feel like they had a real chance.
Pep’s midgets were so calm and in control.
Barring Alisson’s absolute clangers, it always felt like goals were coming and Phil Foden’s cracker at the end twisted the knife of reality deep into Jurgen Klopp’s sour gut.
I feel somewhat justified in my comments about the problems at Liverpool in the Voice a couple of weeks ago.
The magnificence of recent success and the physical and mental exertion that came with it have created the second-hand team of today.
I feel sorry for the guys who used to banter me on social media, Rek Jou Bek and on the radio…They’ve all gone completely silent.
Fortunately, I started supporting Chelsea in the early 70s as we entered into a couple of decades of difficult times, however, they were the most enjoyable years of following the Blues for me.
Nicking a surprise big result was just a bonus, getting promoted from Division Two was one of the best days of my life!
But for most of you lot who chose to associate yourselves with Mancs or Scousers (because apparently that’s the only coverage you got here).
Barring Liverpool’s last season, those “glory days” have gone.
So that’s it then, I think we’re all in agreement, the second-tier competition (top 4 finish) is the important one now and who would have thought Chelsea would be a point behind Liverpool for that fourth spot!
Realistically, there are six or seven teams vying for second, third and fourth. And to make matters more interesting, a whole bunch of the current contenders play each other in the next few weeks…
This Saturday it’s Leicester v Liverpool and City v Spur.
The following Wednesday, Everton play City and on Saturday it’s the Merseyside Derby, followed by Arsenal v City on Sunday!
Not sure about you, but I’m really starting to enjoy football again.
Despite the empty stadiums, seems like the players have adapted and are playing more like it’s a “normal” season…
That’s it for now, let’s stay safe people, do the right thing, chat next week.