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Chelsea takes on villain role & more: three EPL talking points

Editor: Tong Xinxin 丨CCTV.com

01-30-2016 16:23 BJT

Welcome to EPL3TP, where we take a look at three of the Premier League’s biggest talking points. This week: Chelsea is villain of the PL, Klopp has words of wisdom for his players, and Allardyce can’t wait for the transfer window to end.

By Colin Robinson, CNTV Sports Commentator


Chelsea: the villains of the Premier League

After Chelsea’s appalling start to the season ended any hopes of defending its PL title, the club needed some new objectives. European qualification, a top half finish, and giving some young players more first team experience all seemed like reasonable options. But now the Blues seem to have found their role in this season: they are the villains of the story, and their main purpose is to kill others’ joy.

And recently, Chelsea looks really good at it. A couple of weeks ago, trailing 3-2 to an Everton side that certainly could have used a win, Chelsea stepped in to deny the Toffees a much needed three points by grabbing a dubious goal in the eighth minute of added time. And the goalscorer? John Terry, one of the most widely reviled players in the PL.

Then last week, with Arsenal putting together a decent run for the title, Chelsea stepped in to put a dent in it. The main protagonist in that game? Diego Costa, a man who is hated by many Premier League fans for his penchant for going to ground easily and getting involved in scraps with his opponents. But like many unpopular players, part of the hate stems from his success.

And against the Gunners, we saw both sides to Costa’s game: he got Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker sent off early on, falling down after minimal contact, then he rubbed salt into that wound by scoring the winner in a 1-0 victory for Chelsea. When your side really needs a win, this antihero team might be the worst possible opposition.

Klopp’s words of wisdom

Ever wondered what a professional football manager’s halftime team talk sounds like? Well, back in the mid-nineties a fly-on-the wall documentary about lower league team Leyton Orient showed rookie manager John Sitton desperately reaching for ways to motivate his hapless team.

As Orient’s woes increased, Sitton’s team talks became more eccentric. The highlights included yelling “F**k the technical s**t”; sacking a player at half time; challenging two players to a fight, issuing the bizarre and infamous threat “Bring your f**king dinner, ’cos you’ll f**king need it.”

Sitton was promptly fired and now works a London taxi driver. Ex-England manager Graham Taylor’s reputation was also damaged by a similar behind-the-scenes doc on his torrid spell in charge of the national team. Criticism, in part fueled by that doc, led to him being dubbed “Turnip Taylor.”

So, all told, maybe making team talks available for public viewing isn’t wise. But we get the occasional glimpse into managers’ words of wisdom. And this week, we learned what Liverpool’s ever-quotable coach German Jürgen Klopp told his team as it trailed 3-1 to Norwich, before making a miraculous comeback and earning a 5-4 victory. According to midfielder Lucas Leiva, he simply told his players to “find a way to win.”

It doesn’t sound particularly profound, and who knows whether his words had any effect. But sometimes, in a time where fans know and actively care about a litany of complex issues related to their clubs, it’s nice to be reminded that football, even at the very top, is a beautifully simple game with a very straight-forward objective.

Allardyce: Right about transfer window, wrong about soap operas

Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce is always keen to sign new players, so you’d be forgiven for thinking he loves the January transfer window—a whole month to try to bring in new faces to revive his ailing team. But he can’t wait for it to end.

It’s hard not to have sympathy for managers at this time of year. They have to convince their club’s owners to give them the finances to get the players they need; they get stuck in protracted and complicated negotiations with opposition clubs; then there’s the prospect of an agent demanding extra payments and killing a deal.

The window is surely a huge drain on any manager’s energy and social life. But what is Allardyce’s biggest gripe? He can’t watch his favorite soap operas. Anyone familiar with British soaps can attest that they are terrible programs about arguments, misery and death. Still, if Allardyce can keep Sunderland in the Premier League, he deserves to be able to watch as much EastEnders as he likes.

 

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