By: Stephen Medlin II
Hello everyone and welcome to a little something new from Fan Interference. Yeah, I know the last thing you want to hear about is soccer. But this is going to be the best blog ever so deal with it. Anyways, my name is Steve and I will be blogging every week about everything soccer so start following because this is going to be freakin awesome, or at least we here at Fan Interference think so.
Alright lets begin with the elephant in the room, Chelsea…since this is my first blog and we are already past the January transfer window, I need to address some stuff that happened in the beginning of the season. Why the hell did you guys suck, you’re Chelsea! Your starting eleven is so good. You had the chosen one… JOSE MOURINHO! Love the guy, hate the decision of firing him, but it had to be done I guess. The past is the past. We are now into March and Chelsea sits at 8th in the table with 39 points. If you haven’t figured out by now, I’m a Chelsea fan, so go ahead with the hate. Chelsea is going to need to at least finish in the top 5 if they want to be playing European football. Hazard has had a sh*% season after being named Player of the Year the previous season. Courtouis is finally looking like himself after healing from his injury. Oscar is off and on like he always has been, and same with Fabragas. Willan still doesn’t impress me, and Pedro has yet to fit in as a starter. J.O.M., aka the Savage, aka John Obi Mikel, is still just doing his job. Also, how about that goal against PSG. I will talk about Champs League in a couple days. Ivanovic is still the man. Oh, and did I mention Costa? He needs to find some form and produce more. There’s a weird phenomenon that occurs when a striker comes to Chelsea: they just begin to suck *cough cough* Torres. Hiddink has done a great job as interim head coach, but there’s only so much he can do. If he qualifies them for Euro competition, his time here would go down as a success in my eyes. Antonio Conte is in prime position to secure the head job next season, so I am looking forward to seeing how that pans out. Overall, Chelsea needs to win out and secure that fifth spot.
On to the rest of the league! Leicester City is still at the top which is awesome, and I would love to see them win it. Marhez and Vardy are sensational. Vardy has 19 goals on the season and already broke Van Nistelrooy’s record for most consecutive games played with a goal in the Premier League. Marhez is a maestro when it comes to assists, and a play maker who also has an eye for goal. However, in their last game against West Brom, they tied at two a piece. Leicester is a solid team this season and none of the experts could have predicted this, which just makes this Cinderella story that much better. I think it will be tough for them to stay up because the big clubs still have world class players that are proven, so in order to maintain the top of the table, they need to keep in-form and not slack off which is a lot easier said than done.
One weird thing is that Tottenham is ranked as most likely to win the league…yes you heard right, Tottenham. Are you kidding me? Yes they have been doing very well, and if they win against West Ham they will be at the top, but there is no way they will stay on top for long. Alli has preformed fantastically and he is only 19. If I were a gambling man, I bet he would lose form at the end of the month. If that happens, there is no way Tottenham stays at the top of the table. It will come down to one of their last three games. Their third to last game is against Chelsea who could be fighting for a Euro competition spot (5th or higher) so there is no way this 19 year old can hold it together. He might have what it takes so far, but with the spot light now on him I think he will drop form sooner than later. Eriksen is their best attacking mid with 5 goals and 8 assists, so if they want to get atop the league and stay there, then those numbers will have to rise. Personally, I don’t think they have enough world class players to fend off the bigger clubs. Yes, Kane is brilliant. 16 goals on the season, but last year he didn’t keep his form for long. Tottenham’s back four don’t impress either. They have depth, but are all interchangeable with no clear starters. I can’t see Tottenham winning this league. In order to get atop the league they need to beat West Ham at home. West Ham at home is a totally different team. That crowd pumps them up. This season West Ham has beaten Chelsea and Liverpool at home plus tied Man City. They are also looking for something to prove. Last time these teams met, Spurs routed the Hammers 4-1. My prediction for this game (which kicks off today at 2:45) is a 2-1 Hammers win. Plus Valencia is an underrated striker that is always a threat, so lloris will have his hands full between the sticks.
On to United and City. They are both in need of new coaches. Guardiola is taking over City and maybe the chosen one at United…please God no. Jose at Man U…honestly? I don’t know how Chelsea fans would react. But as of now, City is in 4th and Man U in 5th. City already has all the talent in the world but just needs more chemistry. United needs center backs and strikers that keep good form for a while. Man U is 10 points out with their next game against Watford. Also, they are coming off of a nice 3-2 win against Arsenal, so hopefully they can hold good form and come away with a win . They haven’t lost since January 23rd, so that’s something positive to look at, but with that being said, they still need a lot of work to be compared to the United of old. And more about City…oh what to say. They’re so good on paper…like stupid good, but they just never seem to perform to their potential. They should be at the top the table, but they lose or tie to teams they should beat: like a 4-1 loss to Tottenham, and losing to Liverpool 3-1…really? I don’t know if I’m exaggerating, but they should be better. They also have lost against most of the top clubs. If you’re losing to the top clubs, there’s no way you win the league. Their game against Stoke needs to be a win like all their games against mid and low table teams should be.
I haven’t said too much about Arsenal because there is not much to talk about. They are third place in the league and Sanchez and Ozil continue to perform well. The loss to United was definitely a damper, but they will probably finish in fourth like usual.
Well, I’ve blabbered on for a while so now it’s time to just wait and see what happens. Leave comments on what you want to read or hear about and if anything comes up, this is the place to hear about it. I have some strong opinions that you’re not going to want to miss.