It was supposed to be a very calm weekend in the Premier League except for the match at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea showed why they are billed by many as the team to beat this year in the Premier League. The team of 30+ men, showed that experience counts in crucial ties and notched a 2-0 victory against the Reds. Full marks to Terry, Essien and Drogba (only for those 2 moments of brilliance) for sticking it up when it matters the most. Terry had Torres’ number and did not let the Spanish forward get anywhere near the goal. Essien the machine, worked like crazy at the centre of the park and neutralised the Mascheranos and Gerrards of Liverpool. Drogba is an insult to the footballing world, when he goes down tamely and play acts. But he is the best guy forward when he overcomes the physical challenges and brushes aside defenders like Carragher. Hilario also had a decent match considering the fact that he was supposed to be the weak link in this Chelsea team. Chelsea needs all these 3 points because, they are going to lose Drogba, Essien and Kalou in January for the AFC tournament, so best of luck to them
Lets not talk too much about Liverpool. Questions have been asked about why Benayoun is not starting and what is that Lucas Leiva doing in the team in the first place. 14 million pounds for Glen Johnson is a disaster waiting to happen. Saw this interesting comment in Phil McNulty’s Blog in BBC. Cannot agree more:
Xabi Alonso gets better with every game he doesn’t play for Liverpool, while the pressure on Alberto Aquilani to deliver grows with every day he edges towards eventual fitness.
Manchester United did what they do best when they are not winning – blame the referee. I mean it was an insult to the entire refereeing fraternity, when AF accused the ref of not being fit to handle a match of such nature. I think United were not equipped to handle Sunderland in the first place. They were plain lucky to get a point out of this match. They miss Ronaldo. There were atleast 3-4 free-kicks which were in the Ronaldo zone which would have been goals or atleast tested the goalkeeper. I think United will lose more games this season.
Well the team that impressed the most were the Gunners. 10/10 performance from captain Cesc. The concern would be the goals conceded and the fraility of the defence at times. But I am sure Wenger is working on that aspect. But there is no team in Europe which can have the attacking flair of Arshavin, Cesc, Rosicky, van Persie, Eduardo, Bendtner and Walcott. Do not forget Samir Nasri and Carlos Vela who would be back from injury soon. The only concern would be Song and Eboue’s absence during the AFC cup. Song would be missed, but I think we have Denilson, Diaby and Ramsey to do that job. You can read more about the Arsenal match review here
I will just leave you with another gem which I read in Richard William’s blog in The Guardian which talks about two different games during the weekend.
Those who took their seats at Stamford Bridge after whiling away the time watching Arsenal obliterate Blackburn on television might have been forgiven for thinking that they had strayed from a performance by the Royal Ballet into a blacksmith’s forge