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