Wasn’t intending to watch Arsenal v Chelsea on Sunday, now I wish I didn’t as I spent the whole game scratching my balls on the couch, yawning and wishing I was somewhere else.
Jose Mourinho played for a draw and got a draw; Arsenal played to win but Wenger played the same old crusty system and got what he desereved - one lame shot on target. For Mourinho, the point was as easy as taking candy off a baby.
Chelsea might have been more expansive had they had a fit striker, but Didier Drogba is 37. An unstoppable force at his peak, he now looks like a poor man’s Rickie Lambert.
As I speak, Chelsea have breezed past Leicester 3-1 and will beat Crystal Palace on Sunday to claim the Premier League title in what is the worst Premier League of all time, of that I have no doubt.
Seriously, the quality is appalling from top to bottom and a big reason for that is that players are grossly overpaid. When you overpay garbage, you get complacent garbage, which is three times as bad as garbage.
Players that are garbage are now paid double, treble or quadruple what they’re actually worth, giving them a distorted sense of their own value – and an inflated ego. Club chairman sack managers who can no longer motivate unmotivated players.
Money is ruining the game, and you see it all over the Premier League. As soon as a team has nothing to play for, the players give up because no other reason exists to motivate them.
Every team below 9th in the Premier League is utter pig swill, and nobody above 9th is worthy of a place in Europe – except perhaps Chelsea, and that’s only because Mourinho is an outstanding manager that knows how to handle big players and does not tolerate complacency for long.
How can a team as bad as Leicester City win four games in a row? Aston Villa are revived after appointing Tim Sherwood (??) as manager. Dire Hull won at the weekend; then beat Liverpool 1-0 last night. Why are these bottom clubs stringing win after win together? Because the penny has dropped for their overpaid prima donnas, who realise they will have to take a salary cut if their team gets relegated.
These days, players only perform when it’s in their best interest to perform and managers are hung out to dry, forcing Chairman to get a new manager in to re-energise players who fear that the writing may be on the wall. Once they realise that their over-exorbitant wage packets might be threatened, they start turning up in games.
Ask yourself, how can Man City be this bad? How can Newcastle lose seven on the bounce? Why have West Ham collapsed? Why is Tony Pullis is no longer having any effect at West Brom or Alan Pardew at Crystal Palace, who have completely drooped following their initial turnaround.
How can Man Utd lose 3-0 to a team as a dull as Everton has been this season? Because the players don’t care, that's why.
QPR has a wage bill of £78m, yet, like him or not, one of the best man-motivators in football, Harry Redknapp, could do nothing with them – neither could grizzled war horses like Mark Hughes or Neil Warnock.
Southampton on the other hand, have a lot to play for, Europe is a new experience for them. They have been the Premier League’s shining stars, but only in such a poor league can a team with such a small squad prove to be so durable.
In the FA Cup, championship teams are more frequently making it to the latter stages, because Premier League players don’t care anymore about what has become a poxy cup. Managers don’t care at the top clubs either, except Wenger whose neck is on the line because he cannot compete for anything else that actually matters.
Of course, you cannot say this is the case at EVERY single club, but this season more than ever it seems to have become an inescapable conclusion. Some might think it makes the Premier League more exciting if anyone can beat anyone on any given day, but the quality of the football we watch suffers when players don’t perform because they’re overpaid and can’t be bothered.
Personally, I think it will be interesting to see if what happened to Man City this season (have you ever seen a team so rich in talent so less motivated?) happens to Chelsea next. Will it be the case that even Mourinho will be unable to motivate a squad that has breezed the title in second gear despite having no fit strikers for a month?
It’s been so easy for him to win the title, but if Mourinho manages to win the Premier League again next season, he could go on to win it for another 10 years – or get bored out of his skull and leave.
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