CHAMPIONS DIE HARD

CHAMPIONS DIE HARD
Spread the love

The English Premier League is back and so far at this teething stage, the action have been frenetic.  All the teams with aspirations to annex the title come season’s end like Man United, Man City, Arsenal, Liverpool,  Tottenham Hotspur and champions Chelsea, have strengthened their squads and are battle ready.

Over the last few years, Arsenal has wobbled on the first day of the season and the scenario was nearly repeated when they met Leicester on the opening day of the season. After huffing and puffing all say, they managed to scrape through by three goals to two.

To give Arsenal a glimmer of hope, new boy Lacazette and old horse, Giroud both scored. However, the shipping crash landed in the shores of Stoke on the second day by a single goal. Isn’t going to be the same old story for Arsenal this season too?

Manchester United got off to a flier by putting g four goals past a hapless West Ham United at Old Trafford with new boy, Lukaku scoring a brace.

Manchester United’s arrowhead, Romelu Lukaku

To put any doubts to rest, Utd went to Swansea on the second week of the season and put four past the home side with the £75m man, Lukaku, on target again.  This has sent a clear signal to the rest of the league that Mourinho is going for the title on his second season at Utd.

With six points after two games and scoring eight goals with conceding, Utd has indeed set the bench mark for the rest.

The season is on but the spectre of players leaving for new pastures still hangs over most clubs.  Liverpool, are fighting desperately to keep their player of the season, Coutinho from moving to Spain to join Barcelona.

Despite the player showing by every indication that he wants the Barça move,  the club have thus far stood firm andcreports even have it that they rejected €125m offer from the Catalans.

Without their talisman, Liverpool struggled for a hard fought 3-3 draw with Warlord away from home.  They however, accounted for Crystal Palace by a solitary Sadio Mane goal on day two of the new season.

Manchester City as expected and just like last year, have started the season on a bright note.  Last week, they accounted for new entrants Brighton by two goals to nil. Next up for City would Everton with a certain Wayne Rooney leading the line.

Talking about players who could leave their clubs during the transfer window, brings to mind the incomprehensible mess between defending champions, Chelsea and their top marksman Diego Costa.

Diego Costa, who has been the club’s top scorer for the past two seasons, is refusing to come back and train with the team because the manager had told him he was not needed.

Therefore, without a sick Eden Hazard and want-away Costa, Chelsea capitulated and lost the first match of the season by two goals to three at Stamford Bridge of all places.

Because of the lack of a leading striker for Chelsea now, most pundits wrote them off before the Spurs match at Wembley, Spurs’ home for one season only.

But champions they say,  die hard and so it proved as Chelsea defeated their London neighbours by two Marcos Alonso goals to set the tone for the defence of the title.

The screamer from Alonso and Chelsea’s defeat of Spurs have sent all those that have written them off,  scurrying to rewrite their notes.  Champions DIE HARD!


Related Articles

GHANA FOOTBALL – QUO VADIS?

Spread the love

Spread the loveFor all those that have been worried that football commentators do not give much currency to the Ghana

THE GLADIATORS ARE BACK!

Spread the love

Spread the loveAt long last, the wait is over.  The pre-season training and trial matches are all but over and

IT’S JOSHUA TIME!

Spread the love

Spread the loveBoxing needs the heavyweight division and the division needs marquee names to draw fans to the stadiums. For

No comments

Write a comment
No Comments Yet! You can be first to comment this post!

Write a Comment

Your e-mail address will not be published.
Required fields are marked*