The battle for supremacy: a look at the Barclays English Premier League
The Barclays English Premier League (EPL) has always been touted as the best league in the world. This assertion has been disputed on several occasions especially by pundits and fans from the German and Spanish leagues. As to whether this debate is legitimate and relevant remains to be seen.
Forget about technique and skill; the excitement, thrills and the mouth-watering goals scored by players always makes the EPL a delight to watch. That Kasami stunner and Osvalso’s top corner curler could bring down the roof of any building, what a nice spectacle they were! The crunchy tackles flying in and the vociferous fans in each of the match centres also add more bite and panache to this wonderful league.
Week-in-week-out, the EPL does not cease to amaze pundits and connoisseurs on the twists and turns pertaining to the results of matches. The supposed ‘big four’ has now metamorphosised into the ‘top six’ as claimed by Jose Mourinho, Arsene Wenger, Manuel Pellegrini and other managers in the league. It is also palpably clear that the mad rush for the top spot is in full force. The 2012/2013 season has definitely taught has one thing-no team is infallible. No matter how strong a team is, there has never been a case where misfortune has not befallen one team or another. The struggle for ‘top six’ is as intense as the battle against relegation even at this stage of the season. Fifteen (15) games into the season and the team occupying top spot i.e. Arsenal, has already lost two (2), drawn two (2) and won eleven (11) with thirty (30) goals representing thirty-five (35) points out of a possible forty-five (45). Two teams, Liverpool and Chelsea, occupy second and third positions respectively with thirty (30) points apiece. A single point separates each of the teams from third (3rd) position to seventh (7th) position thus 30, 29, 28, 27, 26 with respect to Chelsea, Manchester City, Everton, Tottenham Hotspur and Newcastle United respectively. Yes, that is how competitive and exciting this league is! This league is surely not a ‘one-man’ or ‘two-man’ show, certainly not!
One team conspicuously missing from the ‘top six’ is the Moyes-led Manchester United. The league champions are languishing at the ninth (9th) position with an abysmal twenty-two (22) points having lost five (5) and drawn four (4) games already. The champions surely will have to do better than that but it doesn’t get any easier as the season wears on.
As the saying goes, “it’s not over until it’s over” but again “the early bird catches the worm”. Whoever understands these should certainly do more than they’re doing! Ladies and gentlemen, brace yourselves for the biggest football show in the world…
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