When Arsene Wenger can say 92 clubs is too many for English football and the big clubs can plot a European Premier League, you know greed has taken over.
I was fuming when I heard Wenger say that. People have supported these clubs all their lives. They have survived all sorts of things.
Some of them have survived two World Wars, and now when they need help from the rich clubs and the football authorities, they’re being forgotten.
The people who run football don’t care about Macclesfield and Bury. They just want the rich to get richer. In the Premier League it’s just about the top six lining their pockets and everyone else trying to stay with them.
And to hear them talking about finding billions of pounds for a European Premier League? At a time like this? It’s disgusting.
People have short memories. If Paul Dickov doesn’t score that goal in the play-off final against Gillingham in 1999, would Manchester City be where they are now?
There are still plenty of fans around who can remember when Manchester United were relegated. But football seems to have forgotten.
It’s in massive bad taste to be talking about spending billions on a new European league for football’s biggest clubs while the little clubs are dying on their a*ses.
We’re in the middle of a pandemic and there are no fans allowed in stadiums. Clubs all over the country are in serious danger of going under. And they come out with a plan like this? Amazing.
It’s the same with Project Big Picture. Take the money, give us all the power, and go away. It was poor. It’s just about greed. And it makes me majorly angry.
If this European Premier League had been around the year Leicester won the title, do you think they’d have been invited? Of course they wouldn’t.
Maybe the Champions League needs looking at. Maybe. It’s already been devalued by letting in so many teams who aren’t the champions in their country.
It is supposed to be the CHAMPIONS League after all. But let’s face it. It’s just a money maker. They don’t care if you’re champions or not so long as the TV rights sell.
But whether the Champions League needs looking at or not, should we really be talking about this now?
Don’t we have more important things to worry about in football or should we just let greed take over? We should be talking about letting lower league clubs have fans back in their stadiums, not a European Premier League.
If you could let 1,000 socially distanced supporters wearing face masks back in at lower league matches, it would make a massive difference. Ask some of those clubs who have no income coming in right now how much that would help.
Ask those fans who have been starved of football for months and not able to see their team how much it would help their mental wellbeing. And then ask them how much they care about a European Premier League.
Somewhere along the line we have got our priorities wrong here. Teams are struggling like mad to survive.
But it’s okay because Arsene Wenger says “92 is too many anyway”. I don’t think so. I think it’s a terrible thing to say.
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Jordan Pickford is not the first person to make a tackle like that and he won’t be the last. He shouldn’t be getting death threats for what happened to Virgil Van Dijk.
Anyone doing that to another human being needs to take a long hard look at themselves.
Pickford’s not gone out to try and hurt him. Richarlison never means to hurt Thiago either. Richarlison actually tries to pull out of that tackle and I thought his red card was a bit harsh.
It’s a derby and these things happen. But Pickford should definitely have been sent off. It was a joke, that decision. If it happens anywhere else on the pitch, he gets sent off.
It just tells me the people upstairs in the VAR room don’t have a clue about football.
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I think Liverpool’s players need to get together now and show they can cope. If they start losing games people are going to accuse them of being a one-man team.
Van Dijk is the best defender in the business. But if you want to be one of the best teams in the world you have to be able to show you can cope without one player.
They are going to have to adjust how they attack because before they would press so aggressively and sometimes leave themselves two-on-two at the back.
That’s okay when you’ve got Van Dijk but Joe Gomez and Joel Matip aren’t in the same class. I would play Fabinho ahead of both of them but even then it’s not the same.
They should go and get a defender in January and not just a cheap one who can fill in but someone who can play alongside Van Dijk when he comes back.
Petr Cech’s chances of actually playing again for Chelsea are absolutely minimal even though he’s been named in their Premier League squad.
But if I’m an 18-year-old goalkeeper trying to make my way at the club, I’d be wondering what chance I’ve got if they can bring Cech out of retirement.
Chelsea have done really well bringing through their young players under Frank Lampard the last couple of years. They should keep doing it.
I think this is a big match for Frank now against Manchester United. A few days ago you were thinking this was a big week for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
You were wondering whether he’d survive it. But three late goals at Newcastle and a great performance against PSG and everything has changed.
Now, all of a sudden the pressure is on Lampard. His side drew 3-3 with Southampton and then couldn’t score against Sevilla.
Chelsea have already lost big games this season. If he loses this game there will be serious questions asked.
I don’t think he’s going to get loads of time this season because of all the money they’ve spent, and he needs to start getting it right.
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