If you are a Manchester United die-hard or you are among the handful Manchester City (former Chelsea fans) supporters, then by now you are resigned to the fact that the League belongs to Liverpool.
I mean Jurgen Klopp’s men have broken so many records I have even lost count. At some point this season, we all had hopes that somehow, maybe, Leicester City will stop or even just keep the Reds in check. But alas, just look at the table now!
With a game in hand, Liverpool sit 14 points clear at the top! What is this League turning to!
What happened though?...
Let’s look at Manchester City.
I think what messed Guardiola’s season was the Aymeric Laporte long-term injury.
This loss brought about changes to his side in two positions: the mid and the defence. The mid had to do without Fernandinho and the defence had to work with Nicolas Otamendi.
Focus is on Otamendi because you might say he is decent but really, he is just an Argentine Shkodran Mustafi. The number of mistakes this lad makes in one game can make you question his general knowledge of football.
So you can imagine a centre-back pairing of Otamendi and Fernandinho; who is not that comfortable at that position. Disaster.
The losses against Wolves, Manchester United and even Norwich City have not helped their situation. These are games which arguably and on paper, were easy wins for the Manchester blues.
Well, let’s see what Guardiola can do to save his season!
Chelsea. Okay, here, their not so many fans will argue that their transfer ban and the sale of Eden Hazard to Real Madrid is why they are 4th.
Frank Lampard lost 4-0 in his first match against Manchester United, but he kind of picked up as the season went on.
So, what is the problem? Inconsistency.
You can’t lose at home to struggling Bournemouth, follow that up with three points and a majestically professional performance at Tottenham, then lose again at home to Southampton and follow it with a come-from-behind win at archrivals Arsenal. Supporters have no idea what to expect.
I mean, come on! An improvement on their home form would have them close to 2nd on the log!
Should I talk about Leicester City or just assume you knew there was nothing much they would do this season?
(No. Let me talk about them for a bit.)
At some point this season, I would rather miss a big match, than miss watching Brendan Rodgers’ side. They play beautiful football.
The problem is, they can easily be caught at the back. That Çağlar Söyüncü and Jonny Evans pairing at the back is shaky. Their mid is super talented though. James Maddison, Youri Tielemans and Wilfred Ndidi are top class.
There is so much this group of players can do, so a top-four finish is very possible.
If I start on Manchester United and Arsenal, this piece will take you days to read and you will for sure want to respond (via twitter or Facebook maybe?). So, I’ll finish with something brief on Norwich City. [But I owe you something on the two giants].
Okay. Norwich City.
With every head comes a tail, and this is our tail.
They are for sure going back down, aren’t they?
14 points in 22 games. Surely how did this team beat Manchester City?
After that big win, they got only 1 point from their next 7 games. Take them down now. It is over.
But, Daniel Farke has just two strikers. If Teemu Pukki is out, Josip Drmic comes in and he has not done much to prove himself in the top league. So they might have an excuse.
Interesting match up next guys; Norwich City vs Bournemouth. 20th vs 19th. This will be like watching two tired donkeys go up a hill, but it will for sure be entertaining!
See you next time!
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