Monday, 22 November 2010
Its a funny old game
Does anyone actually want to win the 2010/11 Premiership title? It may sound like a rather foolish question but at the moment the top sides are all in disarray to varying degrees. Chelsea lost again amidst reports about Ancelotti’s unrest, Arsenal lost at home for the 3rd time in 5 attempts and United, who were considered outsiders after Rooney gate regained top spot (although 2nd on goal difference to Chelsea).
The problems going on at Chelsea appear to be Abramovich driven again. Ancelotti appears to be unhappy about the departure of Ray Wilkins last week and according to sources had no input in the selection of his new assistant. This is not the way to run a football club and the Russian should have learnt after Mourinho left that the manager needs full control. The players are certainly good enough, although with Lampard missing it has exposed their lack of goal scorers from midfield.
Last months Rooney saga had the press yet again convinced that Ferguson was losing his grip on management and that the end was nigh; after 24 years at the club and 30 odd trophies you would assume people would stop writing him off! United are certainly not as good as they were a few seasons ago but this is another side in transition. The fact that United are joint top and have had an average season so far should be worrying for the other contenders.
They will be the top 2 in May but it is the chasing pack that will be interesting. Arsenal proved that they are not strong enough to compete for the highest honours at the weekend with an appalling 2nd half display. There are too many average players in their team and the fault must lie at Wenger’s door for not strengthening the defence and buying a new keeper. Spurs were very good in the 2nd half but are far too inconsistent at the moment to maintain a challenge for the league. This season they must ensure they finish in the top or they may lose some of their top players. Manchester City had a fine win at the weekend but remain incredibly unpredictable; there are also too many problem players and I would expect to see some more on field brawls before the end of the season.
It is good for the league that this season has been so inconsistent; however, I do feel that the standard is worse than in previous seasons. But, it certainly makes it exciting for the fans.