OK, congrats to MCI; sorry to see you go LEI, LEE, SOU; and first-time to LUT (first time back in Tier 1 since EPL was branded, was in Tier 5 ten seasons ago), and welcome back SHU and BUR.
So, as ESPN is wont to do, way-too-early predictions:
First up, somehow LIV will remake their team and challenge MCI. OK, so no other team will do this or even try? Why LIV? Oh, right, a bunch of #Mur-can LIV fans read ESPN. Wondering why I am reading the rest.
Does this guy know what he’s doing? As a smart guy, he should admit he doesn’t and hire smarter people.
Already Steinbrennering this team, except the Yankees occasionally won World Serieses.
First up: “Hey, what about this Ronaldo guy?” “No!” “Fine.”
A month later: That Ronaldo guy is still available." “NEIN!!” “OK, OK, relax!”
Diary: “Had lunch with other owners, cuz we are all in this together, and none of us will ever leave the league.”
Other owners: “New Chump!”
“Geez my ignoring Milan was supposed to work, according to ‘Mean Girls.’ Now they turned down my Prom Question for their player three days before Prom.”
“Thomas, the TPS report has a new cover, you heard the International Scouting Director has already resigned because of it…”
“People here are loving my American ideas. Pitched a north-south all-star game. Should be plenty of room in the schedule to do this. Need to increase the popularity of this new league. And that LIV coach is right: we DO need to set up a game versus the Harlem Globetrotters.”
I could go on.
OK, I’ll finish up:
“Need to renovate stadium. I wonder what other towns in England would want Chelsea and would pay for a new stadium and let me keep all the revenues from it?”
Since this is behind a paywall, the gist is that a maximum of four players who did not fit the GBE points criteria will be available to Premier League and Championship clubs, and two for League One and League Two teams. Will make it much easier for EPL clubs to bring in foreign players beyond just the top players.
The shhhedule is out!
And,… each team plays the other twice, once at home and once away.
For those with a hard end-of Shed, hey, some other part of your Shed is easier, so be on top by the time you get there.
And while these 38 matches will be played (eventually), note that some teams will play 20 more.
Might be time to think about lowering the number of teams to 18, to lighten the load a bit on Marcus Rashford.
Luton plays Fulham at Craven Cottage on September 16 so my London SIL getting tickets for us for that. I don’t care who the opposition is: I just want to go to an EPL match. Luton shouldn’t be a hot ticket and Fulham should win.
The Falcons play the Jags 10/1 at Wembley so I was eyeing EPL London matches on 9/30. That one is the top one.
Doubt I’m going as the person I can usually count on to join me on an extravagant Falcons road trip can’t go this time. I’m still tempted. I went when the Falcons played in London in 2014, and managed to fit in West Ham v Man City the day before. It was harder to get hands on tickets than I imagined, but I did swing it. It was a hot ticket at the time.
Kante is off to Saudi Arabia and I’m so sad. Not because of Saudi Arabia’s grand yet questionable transfer plans, I have already written about that. This “Offside” is devoted to how the Premier League was so lucky to have Kante. In 2015, he moved to Leicester City for less than $8 million from Caen, and became arguably the best player in the league when Leicester won the title in 2015-16. A season later, he won it again with Chelsea. Eventually, as he earned the Champions League, the FA Cup, and the World Cup with France, his reputation grew. His song (“N’Golo Kante, Pala Lalala, he’s short, he’s nice, he stopped Leo Messi”) was chanted by everyone (except Argentina who France knocked out).
Kante is universally adored and respected because above all else, he is a good human being. A practicing Muslim, he once met a fan at a mosque and accepted his invitation to go to his house. A decent man who happened to be one of the best midfielders in the modern Premier League era. The league will miss him.
Complete idiot wants EPL matches in USA, cuz “why not? I know nothing about how rabid the fans are, and that nobody get a bye week, and that the schedule is already perfectly balanced, and how there are no playoffs, …”
They have lost some key contributors and may lose a couple more. If they lose Silva that means they need to get everything from Foden and Grealish. City might go as low as third this year with a crash in desire post CL monkey being removed.
Liverpool just completed final piece to MF upgrade. What a MF it will be. Might take a month to solidify but it may be the best MF in EPL by October. Reds have shot at league now. Man City will be no higher than 3rd and Haaland won’t lead league in scoring and will miss his RM window with Vinicius and Mbappe closing door on him.