Rafa is liv­ing in dream­land if he thinks ti­tle race is still alive

Bray People - - Idanve Dseveiredux Rigght E -

LIVER­POOL MAN­AGER Rafa Ben­itez may still claim that Liver­pool are still in the ti­tle race but those of us in the real world know the out­come of the Premier League has been a fore­gone con­clu­sion for some time now.

When the rest of the pre­tenders to their crown failed to make hay while the hold­ers were off strut­ting their stuff at the world club cham­pi­onships in De­cem­ber it was in­evitable that Alex Fer­gu­son’s men would roll up their sleeves and go on a ti­tle winning run when they re­turned.

United may have stut­tered to a win against Black­burn at the week­end, but im­por­tantly they did man­age to pick up the three points, un­like Liver­pool who couldn’t even beat Man. City, a team with one of the worst away records in the top flight.

Else­where, Chelsea showed that they’re not a to­tally spent force with a much-im­proved dis­play in their win over As­ton Villa.

Guus Hid­dink didn’t have to do any­thing rad­i­cal to get a re­sponse from the play­ers, they just de­cided they wanted to play for the new man at the helm, for now at least.

Di­dier Drogba, hav­ing spent the last few months sulk­ing be­cause he ob­vi­ously didn’t see eye to eye with Phil Sco­lari, looked like the strong front­man of old, with the rest of his col­leagues solid around him.

Of course Sco­lari’s dis­missal isn’t the only ex­am­ple of lazy, mer­ce­nary play­ers get­ting a man­ager sacked this sea­son, with the same thing hap­pen­ing to Juande Ramos at White Hart Lane.

Ad­mit­tedly, Ramos never re­ally looked com­pletely comfortable in the English game but he’s now show­ing why he’s rated so highly back in Spain, over­see­ing Real Madrid’s bril­liant re­cent winning run.

Of course this could be bad news for a cer­tain Mr. Ben­itez, whose Liver­pool face the in-form Span­ish giants in the Cham­pi­ons League.

Rafa may be se­ri­ously clutch­ing at straws think­ing Liver­pool have any sem­blance of hope in the Premier League, but it could well be the only thing he’ll have to cling to in a fort­night’s time.

‘In­side Right’ is al­ready get­ting ex­cited at the prospect of the thrilling Six Na­tions week­end that lies ahead.

The action kicks off in Paris on Fri­day night with what prom­ises to be a crack­ing game be­tween France and Wales and fin­ishes with Ire­land’s must-win match against Eng­land.

In be­tween all that we have the ex­cite­ment of Scot­land and Italy!

Okay, ad­mit­tedly you have to ex­pe­ri­ence some pain to truly en­joy the plea­sure.

The re­turn of Tiger Woods is some­thing else for sport­ing fans to get ex­cited about this week.

The game of golf has se­ri­ously missed its star at­trac­tion and his re­turn will see ca­sual fol­low­ers re­turn in their droves. Broad smiles will re­turn to the faces of pro­mot­ers and spon­sors, while sport­ing fans will just be happy to see the re­turn of a true leg­end.

Rafa Ben­itez

Alex Fer­gu­son

Guus Hid­dink

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