“Here it comes, here it comes, here it comes, here it comes
Here comes your nine-teenth nervous breakdown.”
As soccer continues it’s “invasion” of American shores, I find it fit to pay tribute to the original British Invasion of the 1960s. Just like the Barclays Premier League, the Rolling Stones are synonymous with English culture. Mick Jagger and Keith Richards are household names around the globe and are the original rockstars. 19th Nervous Breakdown was a song written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards during their 1965 tour of the United States. Although not as popular as other hits of the Stones, its lyrics are relevant to many Premier League supporters.
The power rankings are consistently being shuffled as clubs jockey for their final positions in the table. Liverpool remain at the top and can breathe a little easier as rivals Chelsea and Manchester City dropped points when the Black Cats crossed their paths. Arsenal have regained control of the race for the final Champions League spot. The bottom is arguably more exciting than the top as Sunderland, Cardiff City, and Fulham have come alive in their fight for survival. This is all without mentioning the great run of form occurring at Crystal Palace.
As the Premier League moves towards its final three weeks of the season, nervous breakdowns are sure to be abundant. Lets just hope unlike Jagger and the Stones, we all can get some satisfaction at seasons end.
“Start Me Up”
1. Liverpool – The Reds could not have scripted a better couple of weeks themselves. Victories over Manchester City and Norwich City, along with their top competitors slipping up. A victory over Chelsea this weekend and the title celebrations can start up at Anfield.
2. Manchester City – Vincent Kompany may rue his error at Anfield for a long time. Not only did it give Liverpool the winning goal, but effectively took the wind out of City’s sails. The Citizens need to be perfect the rest of the way to have any shot of winning the title.
3. Chelsea – Is Jose Mourinho losing his mystique the second time around at Chelsea? The Blues controlled their own destiny, only to squander it at home to Sunderland. In order to get back into the title hunt, three points is a must at Liverpool.
“You Can’t Always Get What You Want”
(Champions League Contention)
4. Arsenal – The Gunners are making their annual last season push for the final Champions League spot. The doom and gloom has subsided around the Emirates as Arsenal have taken care of both West Ham and Hull. Arsene Wenger must be smiling looking at the final fixtures of the season, well knowing his coveted “trophy” is nearly in his grasp. Up next for Arsenal is a local pub team using the name Newcastle United.