There’s something about international football and boredom. They seem to go hand-in-hand. Of course, I may not be speaking for all. Matter of fact, I could be speaking from a point of view that’s wearing a coloured pair of glasses.
Games like the one between Zambia and Nigeria, the Ivory Coast vs Mali game, Venezuela vs Brazil, Colombia against Uruguay amongst others, prove that just maybe, my ‘boredom’ assumption is a wrong one. The above-listed games were amazing, fiery and full of end-to-end action; a football lover’s dream come true.
So maybe international breaks aren’t so terrible after all. But, why do we all dread them? How is that most can’t wait for the end of these breaks to get back to seeing their favourite football clubs in action?
That being said, plenty of club football action is upon us this weekend. For the sake of this post, I’ll be focusing more on the English Premier League.
You’re already forgiven if you, like the rest, had jumped into the conclusion that the league title is headed for either the Mancunian sides or either one of Liverpool or Chelsea. With their market actions, I made the same conclusions too, long before the seadon kicked off.
But after watching Tottenham run Manchester City ragged a couple of weeks back, I’m beginning to have a rethink. Starting off their EPL campaign with six wins in six, Pep Guardiola’s side had increasingly become favourites to pip others to the league title (as if they weren’t before). That was until Mauricio Pochettino’s men came knocking (actually, the Citizens went visiting).
Spurs played amazingly! It was as if Tottenham were the Guardiola-led side. It was fluid football on full display from the White Hart Lane based side. They over-ran Man. City in all areas. It was overwhelming and Pep’s men only managed to make it through the 90 minutes. In the end, Tottenham remained the unbeaten side yet in the EPL.
And that unbeaten EPL side is gradually becoming a force to reckon with in the race to the league title. In reality though, Tottenham Hotspur have always been ‘title contenders.’ They’re usually the ‘Dark Horses’ of the English Premier League. For a while now, they’ve remained a pain in the a** of the league’s Big Boys; a pain that remains to be relieved.
It took a dreams-come-true Leicester and a resurgent Arsenal to deny them a Premier League title last season, a season wherein they benefited from everybody else paying attention to every other team apart from Tottenham. And, as things stand, that advantage is being well-worked by Mauricio and his men, AND FULLY TAKEN ADVANTAGE OF!
Like they’ve usually done, they’re gradually making their way into the area around the top spot which has gradually become a comfort zone for them. And this unbeaten side is not ready to let go anytime soon, the more reason why I’m expecting another Leicester this season, in the form of Tottenham Hotspur (feel free to counter my opinion or call me crazy).
With that in mind, it’s a good thing the Premier League is back. Cheers to a weekend of good football! (with an eye on Red Monday).
Author: Rotimi “Papi the Great” Daramola
Rotimi Daramola aka Papi the Great is the owner of ForTheGoal.
A freelance sports writer who focuses on football, Rotimi is also a freelance writer, a copywriter and a football analyst who regularly appears on radio and television to talk football. You can follow him on twitter @papi_thegreat to keep up with his writings, engage him and also find out about how you can secure his writing services.