I was a fan of the Barclays Premier League from a tender age of 10.
I grew up watching Chelsea’s dominance under Jose Mourinho, the legendary Sir. Alex Ferguson steering Manchester United, Liverpool registering a historic win against AC Milan in the Champions League and much more.
The late night dates with the 2008 edition of Football Manager further improved my liking of the league and it peaked when Sergio Aguero scored a last minute goal to give Manchester City the League title in the 2011-12 season.
What followed was a two year hiatus from the league. I did know about the big shifts and changes, but I was not watching the matches week in and week out.
This long streak without Barclays Premier League came to an end when I recently sat down to watch the Manchester United vs. Stoke City game on Boxing Day.
It certainly was not the Manchester United that I remembered, but what surprised me more were all the subplots that this season had.
Leicester City on top, Chelsea struggling, Liverpool under Klopp
Leicester City, a club that half population of this world does not recognize, is currently on top of the Premier league table. They are having a fairy tale season and the possibility of finishing inside the top four, or even going on to win the title, cannot be brushed aside.
Claudio Ranieri, who was among the causalities at Chelsea when Roman Abramovich came by, has managed to turn Leicester into a miracle team. Can they go all the way? This is probably the biggest attraction of BPL now.
Speaking about Chelsea, they are currently 15th in the table, just two points off the drop zone. And the most surprising part was: they sacked Jose Mourinho. The special one that every club dreams of having was sacked by Chelsea. Let that fact sink in for a few moments.
Now, the Russian Billionaire has roped in Gus Hiddink to save the sinking ship, another plot worth following.
Manchester United has their own problems. Languishing below Crystal Palace (yes Crystal Palace) in sixth, Louis Van Gaal’s United are attracting criticism from all sides. They’re recent loss against Stoke did not do any favors either. They are still within striking distance of the top four, but then again, there is uncertainty.
Liverpool, under Jorgen Klopp is showing major improvements. They might not be title challengers this year around, but a late push could see them finish inside the top four.
Apart from Leicester, Watford and Crystal Palace are in the top ten, much to the surprise of the fans. Another new face in the Premier League, Bournemouth, are well clear of the relegation zone and are above the likes of Chelsea, Swansea, New Castle, and Aston Villa.
The best part about all this is, we are going straight into the January transfer window. Teams are going to spend big, and when the season ends, the table might see some big changes.
But that’s the beauty of it. We want to know how these stories are going to end. We want to know whether Leicester can survive till the end, we want to know whether Chelsea could turn around their luck, we want to know whether Arsenal will finish higher than fourth.
And with so such subplots to follow, this is the best time to start watching the Barclays Premier League again, just for the sheer pleasure of enjoying football and stories.
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