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Monday, December 19, 2005

"The fans, and now most of the crowd, are interested in this event."

Ah, the Premier League. Just when you thought it was over - Chelsea champions forevermore, Arsenal and Manure with a lock on the other top places - it comes back with a vengeance.

Two matches before the midseason mark, the table is a joy for the impartial observer to behold. (Does such a person exist? Maybe this guy... Hot or not, anyone?) Six teams are within six points of reaching the Champions League places, and Manure are chasing Chelsea well enough to keep it interesting. Even with Roman's money, the Blues still need to win football games. Four teams are within six points of the drop zone, even if the Mackems already have a lock on one relegation place.

The league is not as wide-open as it looked just a couple of weeks ago. But credit must still be given to a resurgent Liverpool - with two games in hand, they could end up level with Manure. Even more plaudits must go to Spurs. Martin "Jaws" Jol's shrewd signings and shrewder squad selection is turning the club around. (Now you know why Jol never opens his mouth for a photo. And yes, TDH is pleased to see the Mido-Keane recommendation being followed, and reaping its rewards....) And Bolton - well, those old legs (except Nolan's) will probably be tired in a few months, so don't hold your breath, Mister Softee.


With the Gooners' hapless performance against Chelski, one has to wonder whether TH will make the big move south, where the Buck-Toothed Wizard waits with open arms (or jaws). Actually, TDH thinks he would find a better home, football-wise, at Madrid alongside Ronaldo. The world's best outside-the-box finisher and one of the world's most innately talented inside-the-box tanks? Scary.


Blogger the Maradona of Malawi said...

what, do you hate Henry?! I wouldn't wish a stint in Real on anyone. Except possibly Robbie Savage.

In seriousness, I think there's no space for him at Barca, where he would be the third or possibly fourth best attacker (after Ron, Eto'o and possibly Deco). But I don't think any single player in the world who could move to Madrid and improve the team. the problems are too deep. They need to change President and revamp the squad.

11:29 AM  
Blogger The American Geordie said...

Well, I agree that it would be better to start Madrid from scratch, but this is a second-best scenario.


If I were a player, I'd want to play with L'il Ron, just to have that experience in my career - even if it meant riding the plank most of the time.

I caught a bit of the Sevilla match from my hotel in Guilin. At one point, he was racing down the left sideline alongside a defender. He picked up the ball with his heel and then executed a no-look, behind-the-back, over-the-top lob pass directly into the path of the oncoming Barca runner. To loop a pass in like that would be difficult enough unmarked and facing the runner - but this was incredible. And yet, all in a day's work for the two-time WFY.

I myself am thinking of making a special visit to the scalpers outside the Camp Nou, just so I can tell my grandchildren....

10:22 AM  
Blogger the Maradona of Malawi said...

you know, I was just saying the same thing to a friend - watching Ronnie in real time is like watching an edited highlights clip. He's incapable of the ordinary. Every time he gets the his technique is extraordinary, but what really sets him apart from even the Zidane's of the world is the regularity with which he does the inspired, once-every-season piece of skill. And it's all effective, which is the big difference between him and a show pony like C. Ronaldo.

10:55 AM  
Blogger the Maradona of Malawi said...

sorry for leaving yet another post, but I must ask: Is Lilian Thuram the most gullible man in the world? From the Grauniad:

'Juventus defender Lilian Thuram said in an interview with Sky Television that Di Canio told him before last Saturday's kick-off that his gesture had nothing to do with the Nazi salute and that he wasn't a fascist.

"He told me that his salute belonged to ancient Rome," Thuram said.'

ok, a quick flick through Asterix shows it was a Roman thing, but please. As if thats what those happy swastika-waving loons take it as.

1:16 PM  

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