Chelsea, Man City threaten to conquer England football

JOHANNESBURG - I have never been a big fan of big teams.

I suppose it is something in my human nature. I always enjoy going for the underdogs.

When Liverpool was dominating in the late 1980s and early 1990s, I was rooting for Manchester United. I then turned against Man U in the late 90s and 2000 when they swept everyone aside to become the most successful club in England.

I started to support anyone who would beat the Old Trafford guys. That is just how I am! I don’t subscribe to a team which dominates others.

I enjoy it like that. In any sport and football in particular, no one is guaranteed success forever. Kingdoms come, and kingdoms go. That is the nature of this sport.

At a time when one was beginning to think that Man U are untouchable and will rule British football forever, things are shaping up nicely and those who constantly reminded their adversaries that their blood was red through and through are now experiencing a rude shock.

The 2-1 defeat of Manchester by Arsenal underscored the fact that, the time to relinquish the title is at hand and it is time the button is handed over to the new kid on the block.

Despite having a new manager in Louis van Gaal and having bought some of the biggest names currently available, I can bet my good money that it will take some construction for United to reclaim the old self. And it won’t be soon, you ask die hard Liverpool fans how long they have waited for the past glory to appear again.

I don’t want to put my head on the block but Chelsea and Manchester City are likely to take centre stage between now and for some foreseeable future.

It goes without saying that the league title of the most watched league in the world will be fought between City and Chelsea. Ironically both believe in blue — one light and the other dark blue.

Both teams are heavily backed by individuals who are stinking rich. Chelsea are bankrolled by Roman Abramovich who is a Russian billionaire while City have oil money from the UAE and anyone hoping to catch them will have to be financially sound.

That is the nature of this sport. You literally buy success. Bad as it looks, it is the harsh reality.

The likes of Liverpool and Tottenham are trying to reclaim past glory as well but they both look handicapped financially as compared to other top teams.

Arsenal meanwhile will remain there and there about. That is their philosophy; remaining in the lucrative Champions league but not fussy about going for the league title.

Until last year when they won the FA Cup — which they might retain again this year — the Londoners had not won a silver medal for almost a decade. And the management didn’t give a damn!

To them it is about the club making profit with as little budget as possible, as long as their bank balance remains healthy.

But as I said at the beginning, my philosophy is never to back the dominant team.

And typical of my inner-self, I am having problems with Chelsea and Manchester City and would not lose sleep for a minute if either of them is beaten or humiliated on the domestic stage or in Europe.

After all, life is about sharing.

Comments (1)

Chelsea will congure england

ak - 20 March 2015

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