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Twelve observations on the season to date -- some obvious, some serious, and some tongue-in-cheek. You decide which is which:
- Didier Drogba is Not the Player He Was a Year Ago. Yes, I know he's suffering from malaria, but I'm not commenting on why he's not as good as last year, just pointing out the fact that he's not the automatic goal scoring machine he was last season. And that fact alone makes Chelsea a little less dangerous than they used to be (and might be again).
- Dimitar Berbatov's Gone Cold. Eight games in a row without a goal for the Bulgarian hitman, but who's counting? My guess is Sir Alex. Expect Wayne Rooney back in the lineup shortly.
- Gareth Bale is Overrated -- Slightly. Yes, I know he's the flavor of the day, and he is damn good, but Bale better not believe all the press he's currently getting. I rate him about equal to Theo Walcott, and if you don't believe it, take a look at the statistics. Bale is marginally better than Walcott in goals and assists, but he's played all season whereas Walcott has missed a good portion of Arsenal's games. There's no one like the English tabloids to hop on the bandwagon and make an English (ok, Welsh) player even bigger than he should be (see Rooney, Wayne, for more details).
- Chelsea's Current Injury Crisis Shows Their Lack of Depth. Although their starting 11 is as good as anyone's in the League, Chelsea's backups are a little thin -- Paolo Ferreira, anyone? Terry and Alex are both hurt? Cry me a river. Anyone remember last season when Manchester United's defense featured Darren Fletcher and Ryan Giggs as fullbacks, and Michael Carrick and Patrice Evra as the central defense? Now that's a crisis.
- When Exactly Did Nani Become Luis Nani? I never saw his name used this way prior to the current season. Nani's real name is