They say football is the working mans game, driven and supported by idiots who can barely string two full sentences together, and blindly following a same opinion.
While that may be half true at times, football does teach us lessons within the game, that even we fans take for granted. Previous misconceptions can be easily replaced within a single weekend, and we are going to see five lessons taught over the recent Premier League games.
- Stoke can play decent football
Ignoring Peter Crouch and his rather dubious handball, Stoke once again held City to a draw, an accomplished feat to say the least. Most fans who only caught the odd highlight will straight away assume that Stoke long-balled their way to a draw against the Champions.
However, if you were to catch more of the match, you will see Stoke with some brilliant passing on the floor, showcasing their ability to work the ball past their opponents. Sure they still sometimes use the strained neck technique, but at least they are attempting to change their style.
Good old sweet, innocent, John Terry. Poor man must have something awfully contagious, he’s got poor Anton Ferdinand worried about his health, and it seems Cole has caught the bug too. Another farce of a handshake between two children in front of thousands, what we’ve learnt here is that the handshake should perhaps be scrapped for the shirt swap of old.
- Arsenal might actually win a trophy
Ok yes it was against Southampton, but this was the same Southampton that took Manchester United to the limit two weeks ago. Arsenal have finally ditched all the egos in their squad, and finally seem to have a team that will work together for the cause of silverware. Podolski and Carzola are turning into a tandem not seen for the Gunners since Pires and Henry. This could genuinely be the season Arsenal finally bring a trophy to the Emirates.
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- Second chances do pay off
Two people have been given a second chance in the Premier League, both have a point to prove, and so far is going well for the pair of them. Andre Villas Boas is desperate to repair his tarnished CV, and he has done well at Spurs, despite the criticism so early on. He has seemingly brought out the best in Defoe, and will surely bring much success to White Hart Lane.
The other man at Aston Villa, Brad Guzan, must be loving life at the moment. Released at the end of last season by the Villains, he was resigned by Lambert, and this weekend put in an impressive display of goalkeeping ability.
- The English are some of the worst divers around
Over the decades, the press, pundits, and fans alike, have blamed Johnny Foreigner for the constant diving and theatrics seen in the Premier League. Seems some of the three lions are learning the trade quite well. Ashley young showcased his athletic diving skills at various points last season, and this year Danny Welbeck is impressing fans, with his ability to perfectly execute a wonderful springboard somersault from the slightest breeze. We can blame foreign imports all we like, but it seems England are picking up some bad habits.
What did you learn this weekend?