Bizarre happenings spark life back into the Premier League
AFTER AN almost coma-inducing programme of matches seven days earlier the Premier League sparked back to life in no uncertain terms at the weekend with plenty for ‘ Inside Right’ to chew over as we drag ourselves out of bed to head to work on a bitter winter morning.
With tingling toes trying to defrost after the daily trudge from the car to the office at least we have a mixture of the interesting and downright bizarre in the world of football across the water to warm up the numbness of the mind.
We’ll start with Phil Scolari’s demand for an apology from referee Mike Dean after he allowed Robert Van Persie’s blatantly offside goal to stand.
Are the cracks begining to appear in Big Phil’s armoury after seeing his side slump to their second league defeat at Stamford Bridge this season, with their home fortress seemingly beginning to crumble around them.
It used to be virtually impossible for any team to worry Chelsea on home turf in the Premier League in an unbeaten run stretching back over four years until Liverpool’s victory in October.
Obviously Scolari had every reason to feel aggrieved after such a poor decision allowed Arsenal to get back into the game but in the cold light of day what will worry him more is Chelsea’s lack of creativity and ideas after the Gunners had gone ahead.
Deco appears a shadow of the player that lit up the Premier League with his whirlwind start to life in England and Chelsea definitely miss the physical presence of Drogba up front when the chips are down.
Chelsea have picked up only one point at home against their three title rivals so far this season but it’s a bit early to be writing their title obituary just yet.
After all, they’re still favourites with the bookies to win the league, and we all know how rarely they get it wrong.
Elsewhere we had Cristiano Ronaldo’s bizarre sending off in the Man- chester derby.
The 23-year-old received his second booking when he inexplicably handballed Wayne Rooney’s corner after 68 minutes with Alex Ferguson claiming, ‘he tried to stop the ball from hitting his face’.
Now we know the Portuguese winger is fond of himself and his pretty boy looks but surely to God a bang of a ball in the snout won’t suddenly morph him into a Steve Bruce look-a-like. Maybe the Man. United star was just making sure he looked his best for the European Player of the Year awards and didn’t want his hair to be out of place.
Another man we can always rely on is good old Roy Keane.
After a hammering at the hands of a rejuvenated Bolton side the Corkman was back in soul-searching mode, asking publicly if he’s the right man for the job.
Whatever you think of him, you have to admire his honesty and willingness to fully accept the blame for his side’s inept performances.
With his greying beard sprouting to near Dubliners proportions, Keane could always take the role of Santa at the local shopping centre if he finds himself out of a job.
One thing is for sure he’s not using his mass of facial hair to hide behind.
Big Phil Scolari wasn’t too pleased with referee Mike Dean.
Cristiano Ronaldo wanted to protect his pretty boy looks.