Saturday, December 1, 2012

Eight is Enough

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If Correspondent Scott has three ideas, Correspondent Ed wants eight:

1. Dimitar Berbatov, the bossman's never-ending man-crush, is the reason to watch Fulham. He directs traffic, he calmly holds and distributes, and he scores. It remains unknown why no one other than Fulham made a run at Berbatov. You think Liverpool would benefit from him? How about Spurs? The guy led the league in scoring a few years ago for United and it turns out it wasn'tvv just because he had a good team around him. This should be obvious from anyone whose seen Bulgaria play -- Berbatov runs the show there just like he does for Fulham right now. Martin Jol is getting a lot of credit for Fulham's play this year; he's a good manager, but let's face it, it doesn't hurt to have one of the best strikers in the league on the squad.

2. Wait, what just happened at Chelsea? DiMatteo out and Rafael Benitez -- the Desperate One -- in as "interim" coach? What's the point of this again? Chelsea has all the resources in the world, but their wealthy and determined Russian kleptocrat is hurting his team with the constant changes. DiMatteo may not be one of the best coaches in the league, but he deserved a full season at least after winning the Champions League and setting his team on the right path. Benitez will be little if any improvement, and then he'll be gone. Wierd way to run a team.

3. Liverpool isn't getting too many breaks this year, and that continued against Spurs on Wednesday. The team is improving, and probably deserved at least a point in the game. But unfortunately you can say that often about the team. At the end of the day, I stand by my thoughts of an earlier post. As Bill Parcells used to say, "you are what your record says you are." I think Brendan Rodgers, Liverpool's player apologist, might want to hit his team with a little more tough love to jump start them for the rest of the season. To be honest, the BPL is more fun when Liverpool is good. Heck, it would be most fun if all the teams were good. Salary cap anyone?

4. Zlatan Ibrahimivic's goal against England is getting a lot of replay. I don't think it's as well deserved as all that. Granted, it was a bicycle kick from distance, but it was more or less lucky insofar as he was simply trying to get something on goal. Rooney's goal against Man city -- a bicycle kick volley off a corner kick, was far more impressive.

5. Still confused about the ABV way? Well, I am. It seems the plan is to spread the team out and score on counters. Possession is compromised in the 4-2-3-1 simply because the midfielders are spread out and far from the center of play. Perhaps I'm missing something, but from how they look so far it almost seems like I'm right.

6. Yes, I'm still missing Luka Modric. Who isn't?

7. What's up with the crazy Hammer fans, lighting smoke bombs in the stands and chanting horrific anti-semitic remarks to the Spurs fans. Pretty unfunny and pathetic folks.

8. Saw Uncle 'Arry on the sidelines for a pathetic QPR squad the other day. Crazy how fast he fell in popularity. The saddest part is that this fall had nothing to do with poor behavior. People seem to forget that 'Arry had them in 4th place last year and a Champions League spot. Right now they're in 5th, but as far as I'm concerned the pressure is still on ABV.

This is farlieonfootie saying Rabbit Rabbit on December 1.

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