Hello everyone and welcome to another five things that have annoyed me about football this week!
I hope everyone reading this has had a good week, I have tried to exclude Arsenal from this week’s edition…
But that’s impossible at the moment.
Let’s get into it!
Number 1- The Club World Cup
It has been announced this week that Liverpool will be having to play their League Cup Quarter Final the day before their engagement in the Club World Cup.
This means that they will have to play two different teams in each competition, the weaker of the two will probably be in the League Cup.
This annoyed me because it just shows how pointless the Club World Cup is.
European football is so far ahead of football in any other continent and it has only been one by a team outside of Europe once since 2006. This means there is never really any decent excitement in the games.
It is also played just before the busiest period in English football which just adds to the fixture congestion.
This competition should be played in summer so teams can treat it as a pre-season tournament.
You can really see why this has annoyed Jurgen Klopp, and it has annoyed me too!
Number 2- Chelsea Fans
The Champions League was back this week and Tuesday saw Chelsea face Ajax at Stamford Bridge.
The Blues came back from 4-1 down to draw 4-4, with a little help from Ajax receiving two red cards.
Of course i’m not going to say that this wasn’t an impressive comeback, but I have genuinely seen some Chelsea fans putting this on par with Istanbul and some of the best comebacks in history.
I’m sorry but there are many factors that show how Chelsea should’ve expected nothing less than to score a couple of goals.
Ajax are not the best of defensive sides in the world anyway and played with nine men for 20 minutes, so please put some context on this comeback.
It was a brilliant game and I thought both teams played well, but I really think that any competent team in the Champions League would have scored at least a couple of goals at home against nine men.
So yes just take off your blue tinted glasses Chelsea fans…
Number 3- Brescia Fans
If we thought the problem of racism is rife in English football, then just check out the landscape in Italian football…
So this week Mario Balotelli, now of Brescia, was racially abused by Hellas Verona fans. This is of course horrible and wrong, but unfortunately this is a regular occurrence at football games.
What makes this story even more inconceivably annoying and reprehensible is that the Brescia fans responded to this incident by calling Balotelli ‘arrogant’.
They also put out a statement that said the opposition fans weren’t even being racist.
This just shows how entrenched racism is within Italian football because fans normalize it and add to the problem.
I don’t need to tell you why this annoyed me, it feels like I am commenting on racism every week in this blog and I am getting bored of it.
At least in England players are being lauded as heroes when they speak out about it, whereas in Italy players seem to be marginalized when they respond to racism.
Number 4- Son Heung-min
On Sunday Tottenham made the trip to Goodison park for Super Sunday.
The game ended 1-1 but the main story of the match was Andre Gomes’ horrific ankle injury, which came after Son’s challenge.
The Spurs man clearly didn’t mean to inflict injury on the midfielder, although I think he couldn’t really argue with the red card.
This incident didn’t annoy me though, it was Son’s celebration on Wednesday night that did.
He scored a brilliant goal and then proceeded to run to the camera and hold up his hands in apology.
After a goal you should see players being happy and actually celebrating, if he had killed him then fair enough, but Gomes will be fine (hopefully).
Son is known in football as being a nice guy but I feel like this is just extreme ‘being nice’.
Just aplogise to Gomes behind closed doors or give him a call, you don’t have to shove it down our face that you are sorry.
I don’t know if i’m sounding miserable here but I just think it’s too much effort to fit in with his narrative that it’s just a bit much.
Number 5- Arsenal
I am so bored of this club at the moment.
In the two games that Arsenal have played in the last week, both have followed the same pattern, taking a lead and throwing it away.
Coupled with that it looks like both Granit Xhaka and Lucas Torreira could be on their way out of the club in January.
I really like both of these players and I would be disappointed to see them leave, also they have both been sidelined because of Unai Emery and I feel like some of this damage is irreparable.
It all just feels quite stale at the moment and I dread to think how they will play against Leicester tomorrow.
I really am trying not to include Arsenal but I can’t help it…
That’s all for this week, have I missed anything?
Let me know in the comments!