Old is Gold!

A look at the nine month long EPL 2009-2010 season – Part 1

Old is Gold team – Chelsea. At start of the season, most experts had views about how the blues were getting older. 103 goals, 86 points and an astounding 71 goal difference later, the experts are singing different tunes

One man Team – Manchester United. And is the one man Rooney or Sir Alex? Everyone had views on the reds once CR7 and Carlos Tevez were offloaded. 86 goals, 85 points and a 58 goal difference later, no one dares write them off.

Good Luck In Europe – To Harry Redknapp’s Tottenham Hotspur for breaking into the EPL top four and having a great season …

Well done in Europe – To Roy Hodgson’s Fulham, the only EPL team to play in any European final this year, although it cost them a finish inside the top half of the EPL table. Good luck to them for their midweek match vs Atletico Madrid.

Money can’t buy me Europe – Manchester City. The team in the right direction improved five places from their last season’s tenth spot finish. However their inability to qualify for Europe is good for the football, as it justifies that a “good team” is a prerogative over a “rich club”.

God” moment of the year – Arsenal needed a desperate win to stay in the title race and were goalless vs Aston Villa. Enter the semi-fit Cesc Fabregas in the 57th min. 27 minutes later Cesc was limping off the ground having turned the game upside down with two goals.

“If he’s fab, I am par excellence” – Didier Drogba, with 29 EPL goals scored almost double the goals scored by Cesc Fabregas (15).

English joke of the season – The biggest debate of the season in England was who would partner Rooney in England’s world cup campaign. Each week, as an English striker scored and another underperformed, a new name would pop up… From Heskey to Defoe to Crouch to Bent to Zamora to Agbonlahor to….

Is it a problem? – Not even a point worth discussing when you consider that four of the six top scorers of EPL are Englishmen. In Roon, Lamps, Bent and Defoe, we are talking a nett of 90 goals scored in EPL 2010-2011.

The new Liverpool – Manchester City; lots of off field news and a top five finish. Already rumours abound of Torres moving to Eastlands – does he love the Europa Cup so much? Point to prove man – Carlos Tevez and his 22 goals which ensured both teams from Manchester finished in top five of the table. Everytime United lost, Tevez’s name would come up for discussion.

Relief of the season – when Giafranco Zola’s West Ham avoided relegation (which one time looked very likely); EPL supporters don’t like seeing West Ham out for two reasons – this is a club for which greats like Booby Moore, Martin Peters and Geoff Hurst played. Secondly the Hammers academy has been breeding ground for some of the best footballers of the current era including Frank Lampard, Rio Ferdinand, Michael Carrick and Glen Johnson.

Dud sale of the year – Manchester City offloaded Richard Dunne for 5mio pounds and then paid x times more to assemble a defense which was shaking entire season. Dunne piloted the Aston Villa defense outstandingly to keep them within the fourth spot race till the last month of the season.

Surprise package of the year – Birmingham; They got a promotion from the championship and played only their sixth season in Premier league, this season. Alex Mcleish’s team finished ninth, just three positions below their more celebrated, richer and fierce rivals, Aston Villa.

 

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