Bizarre hap­pen­ings spark life back into the Premier League

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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.

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