Squeaky bum time part II

by Mystical Mike

Saturday, April 24th, 2010

With the season coming to a close, we find ourselves in a similar spot with teams battling it out for different spots still available. And for the first time in who knows how many years, it will not be the same 4 teams representing England in the Champions League. Not only that, the fight for the Europa League spots seem to be very interesting too.

That the centre of these two sub-stories is Liverpool. Their fall from (4th place) grace is what has ignited this mad rush for the last Champions League spot. On top of this, they are now fighting for a Europa League place, a race which they have a very real chance of losing.

How did this all happen? Liverpool has never been the strongest of the former Big 4, but surely they were never bad enough to end up in 7th place in the league. With Torres out for the rest of the season, it’s hard to see them providing enough class in the final third to end the season on a strong run. Their other go-to guy, Gerrard, is also finding his way out of his own pit of inconsistency. Their purchases this season have been far from impressive and a huge overhaul will be probably be made at the end of the season, with Benitez a likely victim.

Tottenham looked like they probably had the hardest run-in out of all the teams vying for 4th place, with games against the top 3. But they showed the form that helped them to the come into contention earlier this season and which strangely disappeared against Portsmouth in the cup. Having beaten Chelsea, they managed to give Manchester United a lifeline in the title race. But if Spurs manage to continue their run of form, I would say that the title race is all but over for the losers.

What I hear alot is that the title is now Chelsea’s to lose. While that might be true, it would be foolish to think that they have an easy run-in. Stoke and Wigan both may have safely survived into next seasons Premiership, but both are capable of pulling off upsets against bigger teams, just ask Arsenal (bloody good game by the way). Liverpool seem to always do better against the better teams and so Chelsea will want to safely navigate past this game before booking the double decker buses.

Whatever happens the next couple of weeks should be some pretty exciting football. And if your team has just settled into the whole can’t-be-bothered-we’ll-play-properly-next-season mentality, there are still some potential classic games in the European competitions.

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  • dexylongshot

    “Stoke and Wigan both may have safely survived into next seasons Premiership, but both are capable of pulling off upsets against bigger teams,”

    7-0 oops!

    Only joking, i too thought there may be an upset with Stoke but all credit to The Blues, total devastation.

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