Today the final match of the crazy 2015/16 premier league season will be played with Manchester United taking on Bournemouth. A match that was called off as a result of an error from a prior security training exercise. If you ask me the right decision was taken, when human lives are concerned and the times that we live in it’s best to err on the side of caution. I just hope the fans get compensated in some capacity.
Looking back on the season I wonder what it would be remembered for the most. Leicester’s City unbelievable triumph? The hilarity of Spurs contriving to come third in a two horse race on the last day of the season with so called claim of a power shift in North London? Or Chelsea’s worst defence of the Premier League title in history?
It has to be Ranieri and his men and the fact that it was Ranieri that was the architect of this almost impossible accomplishment in an era where money has been known to buy trophies makes it even more special, he was a candidate for relegation according to the general media. Ranieri proved a team where every member is alert to their roles , working relentlessly for each other, and pulling in the same direction can achieve the unimaginable, it helps me dream and so I still look forward to the time I get to be on the cover of a GQ issue. Going back to Leicester’s accomplishment history will definitely judge them as one of football’s beautiful stories and I am sure a film will be made about their season in the nearest future.
Coming in close second is Spurs calamitous meltdown needing a point to secure second position. How Spursy could they get in the manner in which they contrived to do what they do best. Was talking to a close friend of mine earlier and we both found it even more hilarious how annoyed pundits were with the fact that Arsenal pipped Spurs to second position in the league. Jamie carragher and Harry Redknapp got me cracking up when they said Spurs had a better season. Ermm excuse me the table doesn’t lie, if historians check the table 5 years from now it will have Arsenal in second place and no one will care how close Spurs ran leicester before they did what they do best “Spursulate”! Also if pundits can’t get the idea of Arsenal fans enjoying Spurs misfortune on Sunday I don’t think they know what it is to be a fan, joy at the expense of a local rival is normal. Just to state or remind them there has been no power shift in North London.
With regards to Arsenal it was a season in which was there for the for the taking, and finishing second while an improvement from last year wasn’t what the team was looking at on December 26 2015. While I was happy for Giroud and his hat trick on Sunday I was not impressed. There was little or no pressure so it wasn’t hard to deliver. In my opinion he should be a support striker and not the main striker at a club like Arsenal if they intend to win big trophies. History has shown as that when the chips are down Giroud struggles and resorts to tantrums, falling all over the pitch and cupping his ear at the fans amongst other things. While there are a dearth of world class strikers available out there, an upgrade on Giroud is definitely out there. Diverting a bit I am still looking for who authorised the 40million and one pound bid for Suarez and the person that offered it P45 for both!
Next season is going to be interesting considering all the managerial changes and the new money coming into the league will make for an interesting title challenge, because the new money to a degree makes it a level playing field.
While we are yet to get the full picture at Old Trafford, it has been reported there was a controlled explosion. We are thankful nothing more sinister happened at Old trafford and wish all the fans a safe journey home.
The season that kept on giving saved the best for Arsenal fans it seemed with Arsenal piping Spurs to second place and in the manner that it happened. Why I held out hope of Townsend ruining the Spurs party at Newcastle I definitely didn’t expect that. Spurs so called steely resolve was exposed for all to see and for all the hype in the media about there being a shift in North London it’s rubbish! The red of North London are still the club to beat on this side of London. Tottenham’s so called best season still leaves them finishing behind an Arsenal side that has been soundly criticised in many quarters for underachieving this season, shows where the bar is set for each team right.
I will be doing a season round up later,I just have to milk this result! All the best to Arteta and Rosicky, the captain was teary in his final game. Great blokes and they will be missed, oh I almost forgot Flamini. Wishing all three guys the best going forward
My oh my what a game, Spurs turned into thugs when they realised they had thrown a 2 goal lead away and with it any hopes of winning the title. It’s like in some way they realised this kind of chance would not come their way again, well time will tell. Whoever is in charge of retrospective video footage at the FA is going to have busy time on returning from the bank holiday tomorrow considering all that Clattenburg let go in the game.
No one could have ever have predicted we would all be saying this; Leicester City are the new Barclays Premier League champions! They are deserving and inspirational champions, I had goose bumps just watching the montage of the Leicester city players when Skysports was declaring them champions. In a football world where money has become the order of the day it makes a good difference when a team like Leicester wins the title.
They have been a group of determined players, with the right attitude, resilience and focus losing just 3 games in 38 games so far with 2 games to go, there is no luck involved in that.
It’s Ironic that the team that killed off any Spurs title hopes where the same club that sacked Ranieri 12 years ago unceremoniously. He will go back to Stamford Bridge on the last day of the season to his former employees with his team costing the fraction of that which he managed there back in 2004 as the manager of the Premier League champions. Sounds like something from a movie, the whole Leicester journey this season has seemed like a movie if you ask me. If they ever decide to make a movie I would love to audition!
In ending this, well done Leicester, I can boast to my kids and grandkids I was alive when Leicester defied the odds and won the title! My takeaway; Resilience, the right attitude, togetherness, and focus trumps talent alone and the most important of all there is no ridiculous dream anything is possible guys!
It’s a good thing I am not a drinker but watching Spurs take Stoke apart tonight drove me towards drink, knowing the Arsenal squad are currently capable of doing this but they just don’t. Matters made worse by the fact that Spurs currently have the best attack and defence in the league, parameters that justifies their claim to the title if they end up winning it. When an Arsenal fan gets to a point that he thinks that Spurs deserve the title provided they claw back the points on Leicester then you know he has lost the will to live just a bit!
Spurs knew they had to capitalise on Leicester dropping points and they went all out for it today, they took the game to Stoke . I compare this display of Spurs with the one of Arsenal at Old Trafford facing an understrength United team knowing they had to win and it’s like night and day. The desire, composure, organisation, drive and mindset of this young Spurs team is very enviable . A team is a reflection of its manager to a great degree and this team reflect their manager of two seasons Mauricio. He has carried on from Southampton and has gone on to instill his style of play and a stronger mentality in this Spurs squad.
So the lead at the top is now down to 5 with 4 games to go and with Spurs with the easier run of fixtures I wouldn’t be surprised if Spurs go on to win it and if they do, they would have deserved it, can’t believe I just wrote that. I witnessed the meltdown from Arsenal fans on twitter as a result of Spurs mauling Stoke I am trying to imagine what that would be like if Spurs actually went on to win it, Arsene will have to find somewhere to hide till next season starts.
Like someone said on twitter can Arsenal give the 6 points they took of Leicester back? It hasn’t done Arsenal any good…
It’s the midweek games left now and the source of football joy remains my fantasy league. I am off to eat some chocolate, ice cream then sleep.
Another premier league weekend is here and as it stands Leicester are closer to their first title with their win last weekend, they can afford to lose two games in the run in and still win the league . Got it wrong last week with my predictions or wish as some of you have you called my predictions. I got two out of three regarding my predictions With an Arsenal Win, Spurs dropping two points at Liverpool although three would have been better and Leicester securing all three points at home to Southampton though I predicted a draw. Watching the Leicester game I must say the collective determination and hardwork of the team is immense I could hardly remember their goalkeeper having to make a save, all the players in front of him worked extremely hard on a day they didn’t play that well. I still don’t know how Ngolo Kante does it but he seems to be everywhere on the pitch, for his small frame versus his effectiveness in his role he totally dispels the myth of having to be of an imposing size to be effective as a defensive midfielder.
This weekend’s games brings up a tough away game at West Ham for Arsenal, Spurs are at home to Manchester united and Leicester are away to Sunderland. West Ham at home to Arsenal is a tough one and that new team balance that Coquelin and Elneny provide will be tested, my advice do not bring down any West Ham player near the 18 yard box, any free kick conceded in that area with Payet in the team is as good as a penalty! If the team is disciplined and focused I see an Arsenal win with West Ham having an FA cup replay 2 days after the weekend game. Spurs at home to Manchester will be fun to watch fingers crossed LVG and his boys get the job done. Leicester at Sunderland will likely be a draw, Ranieri and his boys just don’t know how to lose at the moment and totally deserve to be where they are.
Moving away from tomorrow’s game I saw the Liverpool Dortmund game last night and Klopp is slowly transforming that team, impressive display in Germany. When Klopp gets his hands on his own players in the summer transfer window they are going to be a force in the league next season.
So here’s to an Arsenal win tomorrow and everybody else dropping points that means the remaining games ending in draws, that would be something. Anyways off to sort my fantasy league at least that is giving me joy as I am top in all the leagues I am involved in but one. Any ideas on who to buy this weekend guys?
I am still hopeful of a Leicester wobble although that fades more and more with a every point they get on the board!
It’s the international break and there is not a lot going on regarding the premier league so I have decided to preview the remaining games the top three teams have left and their title chances starting with Leicester today. As it stands they are the favourites for the title, with that so called crack still yet to materialise and with every game won by Leicester as the season reaches conclusion, we are in danger of being exposed to Gary Lineker in his underwear on MOTD at the start of next season! Worried I am…
Leicester’s remaining games are in the following order;
Southampton (h,) Sunderland(a), West Ham( h), Swansea(h), Manutd(a), Everton(h), Chelsea(a)
Leicester currently lie 5 points ahead of Spurs and 11 ahead of Arsenal although Arsenal have a game in hand against West Brom. From the fixtures above can Leicester drop 5 points or even 8 to give the chasing London pair any kind of hope for the title? My answer is yes; the next home game against Southampton is a tricky one and I wouldn’t rule out a draw. Sunderland away is tough especially with big Sam and his boys fighting relegation, that could be another draw or even a surprise loss. Then comes home games against West Ham and Swansea which I think are winnable although West Ham are fighting for top four too, this game will be trickier of these two home fixtures. The last three games against Manutd, Everton and Chelsea could actually all end up draws you know.
If my maths is anything to go by Leicester could actually drop 10 points as we approach the home stretch of this crazy crazy season.
Leicester fans don’t bite my head off, just permutations on what could happen or could it be what I want to happen being an Arsenal fan harbouring tiny tiny hope of the title even though I claimed I was resigned to it being lost already. Yes yes you get the peak into a crazy mind of an Arsenal fan or should I say sad. Let me get back to the post at hand.
The other big thing to look at is what happens to the Ranieri’s boys and their mindset when they drop points and the chasing pack gain on them in the home stretch? It’s very new territory for them, but then again they were in a relegation battle this time last year and that may help in some way even though this time around it’s a title fight. That relegation fight might have actually prepared them for this but hey who knows? Leicester are on a roll and I would rather them than Spurs, but with the crazy season we have had so far a lot could still change come May when the title destination is finally decided. It could be a hell of a ride and more exciting than the Agueeeeeero screams that marked the end of the 2011/12 season I can still hear it as I type.
Week 27 of the Barclays premier league has come and gone and the real title contenders Leicester and Spurs are beginning to stand up while the pretenders (Arsenal) have been true to form. Please watch weekly round up in the video below.