|Title Race: IN OUR HANDS.|
Written by Uwes_Grandad on Tuesday, 29th Apr 2014 21:44
I keep forgetting what year it is.
Sunday was a carbon copy of the run up to the finale of the 2011/2012 season. We're away at some bottom half of the table club, and crucially, a fellow title contender seems to just (literally) slip up, and gives us the incentive in the title race.
I would've given the world to have been at Selhurst Park, videos on YouTube made the atmosphere look immense. Some of the lads I know managed to go, and they spoke to me on Monday morning with a mouth drier than the Sahara Desert.
But why does it seem to fall at our feet? Could it really be our "Together" and "Fight 'till the end" philosophy that has rewarded us with the chance to win it? Is it the experience in the squad?
God knows. All I know is, I'm not arsed how we've got the chance to win it, it's just THAT we've got the chance to do it OURSELVES.
I'm not selling my season ticket for the West Ham game, if it comes down to the final day, which I guarantee it will. I'll be there, as I was for Sergio's goal against QPR, cheering on the Blues from the Colin Bell Stand.
From the start of this season I've seemed to be able to accurately predict what the future holds for all the teams at the top of the table. Not so much the bottom, it's a lot less predictable.
I foresaw the downfall of Arsenal, due to the lack of depth in the squad, and the lack of a world class striker which would hugely impact their season, which it has.
Furthermore, I foresaw the lack of mental willpower from Liverpool to successfully manage a title challenge. Listen, Liverpool have players with bags of talent, I know, but their young age and lack of experience, has, in my view, cost them the incentive for the title.
Amazingly though, they managed to sustain it until about now, where they've gone off course a little. It's not over yet though, they could still win it, but I count them out.
So what happens if we win the title then?
What's to come in the transfer window?
Will the Etihad expansion be worth it?
When will Edin Dzeko depart for Tranmere Rovers on a £24,000 transfer?
All will be answered soon.
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