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Liverpool sacked Brendan Rodgers after a poor start
and employed German coach Jurgen Klopp who has
had mixed results. At the moment, they are still trying
to understand the German s strong frontal pressing
game but when they are on sound, Liverpool can give
the strongest team a lot of competition. It should be
very interesting to watch the Capital One Final between
Liverpool and Manchester City.
Tottenham Hotspurs have also been a revelation
this season under coach Maurico Pochettino, playing
both attractive football going forward with Harry
Kane and Dele Alli in particular catching the eyes.
They cannot be written off, as they lie in second place
in the table, and have the pedigree to win it all.
So in the next four weeks, we should have a clearer
picture of where the 2016 English Premiership title
is going and it should be quite interesting particularly
for the neutrals. (AP)
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Wednesday, February 10, 2016
A fairytale of two cities
Leicester City can win
the English Premiership
And why are we sur-
prised? Is it not the most
consistent team that wins a
tournament? It is not only
about style and flair, you
have to be consistent.
If you consistently play
badly, and lose and draw, don t expect
No one gave Leicester City a chance
at the start of the season. Their odds
were 5,000-1. Imagine that. If you bet
$1 on them to win, and they did, you
would be getting $5,000.
They struggled in their first season
last year and very few gave them a
chance of surviving another season,
much less being in the top half. Being
in the top four was unthinkable and
Yet, with 13 matches left, they are
five points clear of their nearest oppo-
The obvious question is what has
happened to the usual top four to six
teams who have fought out regular
Champions League/ Europa League
positions for the last 20 years or more.
Chelsea (Defending Champions)
From the first match, where the ill-
fated one, Jose Mourinho got it all wrong
with a spat with a female doctor Eva
Carneiro, it has been a season of mis-
firing. Mourinho was axed in an embar-
rassing episode, that led many Chelsea
followers to seek console in each other s
Since his removal, Chelsea has not
lost a match. The problem, is that they
have only one two and drawn six, which
based on their place in the table (14th)
on Mourinho s ousting, has improved
only marginally to 13th.
At the moment, their title chances
have evaporated, despite the fact that
they have generally the same winning
team from 2015. The players, especially
Eden Hazard and Diego Costa, looked
a shadow of themselves under Mourinho
and that has cast a dark shadow fill
which has affected the spirit of the club
in a negative way.
Manchester City (runners up)
With Chelsea in the doldrums, Man-
chester City was the team everyone
expected to win this title, given the
quality and the depth of their squad.
They have played better football in the
Champions League than in the Pre-
It has been a case of Jekyll and Hyde
for these former champions. One day
their football is spectacular and other,
the players appear to go through the
The inconsistency of Yaga Toure and
the injuries to David Silva, without a
doubt, have hindered them and when
you remove Vincent Kompany, the cap-
tain and main pillar in defence, together
with injury prone Sergio Aguero,
the replacements have struggled.
Manchester City have not
been helped by the fact that they
are still involved in four compe-
titions which is stretching their
It cannot have helped, either
for Manchester City to announce
that Pep Guardiola will assume
the job from next season for three years,
even as current manager Manuel Pel-
legrini fights to get things right.
That is a clear case of shooting your-
self in the foot, as now even some of
the players will be questioning their
own future at the club, which is not
Arsenal -- (3rd place)
At one stage in the latter half of 2015,
Arsenal were playing some of their best
football and were favourites to win the
title given the stuttering performances
from the so called "top" clubs. But as
is the case within recent years, Arsenal
have apparently lost momentum and
from being leaders at the start of the
new year, they have struggled to score
goals in three consecutive matches (0-
0 with Stoke), (1-0 loss to Chelsea), (0-
0 with Southampton).
The fact that two of these matches
were home also signals a worrying sign.
Before this, after coming from behind
twice against Liverpool to lead 3-2,
Arsenal managed to concede a careless
equaliser in extra time.
And while excuses like other teams
can be made for injuries and their effect,
the plain truth is that Arsene Wenger
must again seriously question his future
and his influence on these players, who
lose confidence quickly and appear to
be in a free fall at the moment.
One is never certain which Arsenal
team will show up. At the moment, it
is this lack of creativity and goal scoring
power that is holding Arsenal back.
With Theo Walcott a shadow of himself
and Alexis Sanchez just returning from
injury and still no Santi Carzola, too
much rest on the shoulders of Mezut
Ozil and Aaron Ramsey.
Manchester United (4th place)
A proven coach in Louis Van Gaal,
millions of pounds invested in players
and yet still the team is underperform-
ing, with abject performances and worst
yet, if you are a Manchester fan, with
no zeal, no style and absolutely no flair.
A dull boring team going nowhere it
appears and while it would appear rather
harsh to blame all of these bad per-
formances on the coach, he must be
blamed for some of the strategies adopt-
ed by the team and without a doubt
the formations employed.
Several players were being asked to
play out of position, and Manchester
United have suffered dearly for that,
especially at Old Trafford, which was
considered a fortress in previous years.
Leicester City players including Daniel Drinkwater, left,
and Leonardo Ulloa, centre, celebrate after their 3-1
win against Manchester City in the English Premier
League at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, England,
Saturday. AP PHOTO
...but will it be Leicester or Manchester?
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