File under: wacky. For the most part, that is what the 2015-16 English Premier League season has been. And at the expense of every single club involved, we should just sit back and enjoy.
Take the Blues, for instance. Chelsea had a mini-unbeaten streak going there for a couple weeks, then they lost to AFC Bournemouth over the weekend. Now, JosA� Mourinho’s side won’t get relegateda��it’s foolish to even think about thata��but what in the heck is going on? For how much longer will they be Mourinho’s men? Because if this were just about any other manager in the world, he would have been gone a month ago.
It’s a league that’s given us Louis van Gaal, who isn’t worried about Manchester United’s struggles in front of goal in a sport that strongly encourages clubs to score goals in order to win. Yet they’re in fourth, so who are we to argue, right?
Then there’s the other Manchestera��just when you think they’re going to get into a groove and fully shake off that Liverpool thrashing from a couple weeks ago, Stoke City takes it to ’em. Is Manuel Pellegrini gone if the Citizens don’t win the league?
Yet despite all of that; all the commotion and movement near the top, we can all still snicker at Tottenham Hotspur for remaining in fiftha��despite not having lost a league match since the opener at Old Trafford. I say all of this with a lighter heart, as the improvements under Mauricio Pochettino have been immense. But if this isn’t the year to challenge for a Champions League spot, there might never be.
Because we still haven’t gotten to the best part: Leicester City. After smashing Swansea 3-0 over the weekenda��in a match that could have produced two or three more, at leasta��the Foxes top the Premier League table after 15 matches. That’s not quite half a season, but we’re getting there. Sitting on 32 points already, Leicester nabbed 41 all of last year. When will they come down?
And of course, how could I forget about JA?rgen Klopp with his Liverpool side? Things were looking great, but out of nowhere Newcastle decided they wanted to show up, securing a 2-0 victory which brought them to the top of the relegation zone.
Speaking of relegation, Aston Villa is the only EPL club without double-digit points. Obviously it was all Tim Sherwood’s fault. Now I can admit I only like Sherwood for the character he is, but Villa has become a terrible joke of a club. Of all the sides in England, they seem destined for relegation.
Otherwise, it’s pretty open down there. Only three points are separating positions 14 through 19, and our defending champions are 14th. And no, seriously, the Blues are not going to get relegated. As the holidays unfold this month and we all are around our families, we can share a collective laugh at the season they’ve had thus far, but stop using that word. I implore you.
And what of West Ham, Crystal Palace, and Watford? They are sixth, eighth, and ninth in the table, respectively. Each promoted sidea��Watford, Norwich, and Bournemoutha��look competent enough to stay up, despite the fact that Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth side have been the most unfortunate with injury luck.
That might leave Swansea (what happened to them?), Sunderland, and Villa on the outside looking in. Of course, we’re not even into the new year yet, so we’ll hold off on the silly talk for now.
Which, speaking of silly, is Arsenal going to win the league? Or, have we all seen this movie before? There is a correct answer to this question, by the way.
Jokes aside, enjoy the season we are witnessing. It’s the most exciting the Premier League has been in years.