|Everything was going so well...|
Everything was going swimmingly for the first month as they threw beating to the likes of Blackpool, Wigan, and West Broom. Even though Joe “Glass” Cole gets all the hype (Steven Gerrard stupidly said “Cole’s better than Messi” recently) but Benayoun was looking like a better player and quite the steal from Liverpool, which doesn’t seem to be hard to do these days (just wait till the sell Torres for 20 million and he immediately becomes the world’s best striker again). Even early in the season there were cracks in the invincible looking amour. Ramirez looks like yet another EPL Brazilian flop, their young players like Kolu and McCracken aren’t ready to step into a top side, and it was always naïve to think that Essien and Bosingwa would return to top form after missing so much time. On top of that, there chances were extremely low that a lineup full of players closer to 30 than 20 was going to stay healthy all season long.
Then came the inevitable injury’s…Yossi blew out a wheel, Lampard has been out with what was understood to be a minor injury for a surprisingly long time mimicking Kevin Garnets 2009 season. Terry and Alex have both been hurt and Anelka, Obi, and most importantly Drougba have run into poor stretches of form all at once. With the ever unimpressive Obi and Ramirez forced into large amounts of playing time the Chelseas mid-field has been losing the battle week after week which has sapped the well oiled offensive machine of Chelsea's to stutter.
For Spurs the season started slowly and while the occasional hiccup still happens the Spurs are rounding into top form and their strenght down the flanks could prove to be the crucial tipping point against Chelsea.
One of the by-products of Garreth Bale's sudden rise to super-stardom has been the lack of recognition to his right handed sideline partner starting to dominate games and their destructive runs on the left and right hand sides are proving too sexy too handle for most teams. Probably Chelsea's greatest strength offensively is having both their left and right backs over lap and provide great support to their forwards. Is Ancelotti going to risk leaving the pace deprived Terry and Ivanovic alone trying to slow down Bale and Lennon, or will he keep Cole and Bosingwa back and make an already struggling offense even weaker?
Few would have thought that after Spurs beat Chelsea in April that the next time they met Spurs would be favorites over the Blues. This promises to be a great match for a varity of reasons and even more so when Spurs win like I think they will.