By K’Onyango Ochieng’ Dennis
I did not post any release after the Arsenal game. I had predicted that it would end in a draw and that prediction came to pass. With age, I have learnt that you don’t gloat over everything, so I bid my time.
The truth is that I was expecting Chelsea to run over Westham. Of course I knew they would be hard to crack, relegation teams always are. They came, defended in numbers and somehow got that vital point. Mourinho says he hopes that single point will somehow contribute something to ensure they stay in the EPL. In all fairness, a coach with the experience and pedigree of big Sam should stay in the premier league.
Since I did not gloat in my correct prediction of the Arsenal game, I have been spared the expletives that would have come my way in the aftermath of the Chelsea game. In fact, some of those usual suspects are trying hard to get an opening to taunt me a bit but I denied them the moral authority to shout by keeping quiet. I want to preach this gospel of the golden silence rule to our always so noisy neighbours. It does not hurt to keep quiet!
Having said that, Arsenal in spite having drawn their game like Chelsea, have slipped into second place. Chelsea have not slipped; the draw with Westham was only a small hiccup and they retain their position for now. Those are the fundamentals.
Talking about fundamentals, it helps to place it in context.
Number one, City looks in ominous form. The way they destroyed Spurs in London is simply breathtaking for their fans, dreadful for their rivals’ fans. City have a terrific coach. Pellegrini previously coached Real Madrid and that is something. However it was with Malaga that he announced to the world something about his tactical nous. Malaga is a small team, just about the size of Westham or Southampton but they made a terrific impression especially in the last in the Champions league season.
Thankfully, Mourinho knows all about that. Arsene Wenger does not know. He has previously played City only once on that catastrophic encounter when City taught the North Londoners a lesson they will not forget any time soon. It reminds me of my class three math teacher at Lake Primary School in Homabay, Mr. Kitoto. If you were ever taught by Mr. Kitoto, chances are high you will not forget the lessons. Little wonder, I still remember them two decades later! Arsenal were laid on the ground and flogged mercilessly!
The point I am trying to make is that, despite the fact that I will cheer on Arsenal on 29/3/2014, I am pragmatic to know that my efforts will yield nothing. Arsenal are in second position, ahead of Chelsea by a mere two points, something that excites George Ocholla so much. He has just called me to celebrate the fact that they are ahead of us. If this release is incoherent and difficult to follow, it is because George Ocholla distracted my flow of thought. They are now changing their expectations to win the league and now merely want to finish ahead of Chelsea. My ribs are aching from laughter!
So when everything else is put in their proper persepective, Chelsea will do a double on City. Mourinho knows how to beat Pellegrini. We visit them on Monday and you should trust what I say because I got back my cystal ball; I predicted Southampton would hold Arsenal.
Arsenal are in second place. I dont see them getting back to the summit. They can only drop further down and they will. I am not sure if Liverpool will want to let them stay in third; those lads are desperate to to play in the Champions league and they have the personnel to do it. Manchester United is angling for fourth and with Mata in their ranks, the signs are there that they can embark on a remarkable run to achieve that feat. Are we seeing Arsenal being relegated to the Europa? only time will tell.
On Chelsea and City, I want to continue this narrative after the Monday night encounter. Watch this space!
We’ve got the last word.