Perhaps the most important element of any team that has ever played a competitive football match, is the midfield. They run everything and literally dictate the game. They will help out the defence when needs be, but also contribute heavily in attack. I know there is no way of definitively which position is most crucial to a team, because it varies depending on the situation. However, without a good midfield your defence becomes weaker and there is no link between the attackers and the rest of the team which which will have repercussions in attack.
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While all the media focus surrounds the World Cup at the moment, there is some behind-the-scenes movement for a few clubs. They are using the lack of coverage of other stories to their advantage and getting deals done and cheaply. Especially those not at the World Cup as they obviously don't have that distraction which could keep them from signing a contract. If you wait too long and their stock rises, during the biggest football competition of all time, then other clubs will swoop in and claim him before your very eyes.
When football fans discuss Europe and all the young talent it has on offer, they only tend to mention a couple of names as they are players that are already in the media spotlight. What these fans forget, is that their is life beyond what the media reports and there are some truly gifted players just waiting for a shot on the big stage. Schalke's prodigy is Julian Draxler is an example of someone in the media spotlight already, however, they have more names lurking in the shadows that are waiting for an opportunity to make an assault on European football.
Some transfer gossip for you now. Chelsea are trying to tie-up a deal to sign Cesc Fabregas that would lead to Arsenal missing out on payment for their former midfielder. The Gunners are set to earn around about 50% of any profit which the Catalan club recover on the £28M that they sold Fabregas for, in a complicated deal three years ago. As the Independent have reported.
While all the media attention has been focused on Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas, there have been other players linked with a move to Chelsea. This rumour will certainly wipe that smirk Tottenham Hotspur fans have on their face while seeing the events of the Fabregas saga unfold. They always like Arsenal fans going into a major meltdown, which is exactly what is happening at the moment.
The highly likely transfer of Cesc Fabregas from Barcelona to Chelsea have sent Arsenal fans into a meltdown as I have witnessed first-hand in the world of Twitter. Some claiming Fabregas have stabbed them and Arsene Wenger in the back. Others have attacked Wenger himself, calling him a 'dithering man' which basically means that he holds back on a move for a player for so long that someone else eventually comes in and signs that player up. As we know with Wenger, he always has a different option and a surprise up his sleeve so he must be planning something big if he has turned Cesc down.
The tabloids already seem to be bored with the departure of Frank Lampard and have now turned their attention to replacements for him. There is quite a list developing as each and every publication in Europe is coming up with someone new every other day. Every so often this player is picked up by other tabloids and suddenly a frenzy is created around him. Then a number of other clubs are thrown into the mix to create a really juicy saga.
An awful lot has been said on the Chelsea attack next season with a wide range of stories coming in and linking the Blues with moves for certain players. It's a very frustrating as I need to decipher which ones seem credible. The way that journalists phrase their titles and articles, it all looks very believable which is the problem. Too many fans are drawn to their big and controversial headlines which is where they make their money. The summer and January are the worst times for this, as expected.
Sometimes you get a group of players that are so good at what they do, the fans and the club never want them to leave. Manchester United's treble winning squad and Arsenal's invincibles spring to mind when this topic is up for discussion. However, age and the modern game catches up with these players and they soon start drifting off into their own different directions. It's sad when this happens because you don't quite know how they'll be replaced.
A player that ends up in a tussle between all the top clubs in Europe is likely to end up in an ugly situation as it will work out that the club who finally purchases the star will pay a ridiculous fee that will go down in the history books. Or it could mean that a team will spend the whole summer pursuing this man only to be let down at the last minute and end up not having enough time to sign someone they need?
The end of an era for any player will bring much sadness for the himself and the club. Usually a reliable, consistent and hard-working man that adores the club. However, the club can't feel sad for too long as they have to move on and find a replacement for the next chapter in the Blues' story.
For all the accolades and spectacles during the season, you cannot deny the climax of the Top 4 battle held the spotlight. So it turns out that after weeks of expectation and apprehension, the top 4 teams would remain the familiar quartet - Man Utd, Man City, Chelsea and Arsenal.
It's over; the relief and elation that emanated from the victorious teams' quarters was best represented in the gusto with which Wenger punched the air and also the wholehearted cheers that greeted Rafa at the Bridge. AVB's side was left in defeat but the Spurs fans subtly conveyed the trust and hope they have in their team and coach.
Well, I thought last season was a marathon. Our clash with Everton will be our 69th game of this season, setting a new record, and it may not even end there.
As we (hopefully) enter the final game of the season, there is a possible set of results that would lead to a playoff, that decides which of the two teams progresses straight to the group stages, and which unlucky club then has to battle through the qualifying stages of the Champions League.
On the penultimate weekend of what's sure to be a thrilling end to the 2013/2014 EPL season, as far as the top 4 contest goes, it's still not absolutely certain who picks the 2 Champions League spots, but Chelsea's 'journey to the Holy Land in pursuit of the Holy Grail' is almost over as we need just one more win to secure our spot amongst 'the immortals'.
For Arsenal and Spurs, it's still all nerves for them with Spurs trailing the Gunners with just 1pt and their next games will be severely crucial in deciding their fates.
Since I started watching the Premier League, not one season has gone without a unique, riveting ending. From last season's sensational finish, to the 09/10 season when Chelsea whipped Wigan 8-0 to secure the title, and also the relegation battle, defining moments for the struggling teams; it's always been a recurring epic end to the season. Surely this year will be the same.
As Man Utd have clinched their 20th title, the focus is firmly on the 'top four battle' with Spurs, Arsenal and Chelsea vying for the remaining 2 spots.