Happy Christmas Eve – blog including Tottenham, Pochettino, title race & Rafa Benitez

Good morning and welcome to Christmas Eve! The festivities are well and truly about to get underway! Unless they’re already underway for you, of course. They’re not quite underway for me yet, because I still have some stuff to do. Not shopping, thankfully, but I’ve to do quite a lot of wrapping and cleaning and stuff like that.

I was in my local shop a few minutes ago, and I heard two lads talking as they walked past me. One says, “Do you want to get some wrapping paper while we’re here?” And the other lad’s reply was, “Nah, I’m just going to throw a load of tin foil or something around it!” I’m not sure if he was serious, but it’s not a bad idea! I’m not sure people would be too impressed with that, but it’ll save a lot of time.

Anyway, because I have stuff to do, this is going to be a quick blog. I’m sure you don’t mind! And it’s probably going to be quiet around here over the next couple of days too. There won’t be a thing up here tomorrow, but I do hope to get a blog up on Wednesday. But I’m not making any promises there, either! We may be without anything here until Thursday. Sure we’ll see what happens. I don’t think I’m going to get a chance to get an in-depth article up this week either, unfortunately. They take a lot of time to get done, and time isn’t something that I’m going to have this week. Sorry about that. Anyway, football. Let’s have a look.

Everton vs Tottenham

Yesterday’s game at Goodison Park was an absolute goal-fest. It ended up finishing 6-2 to Tottenham. I did say in yesterday’s preview that there would surely be goals in it, but I never would have predicted that. I was thinking more along the lines of 2-2 or 3-1 or something like that! It was fantastic watching, I have to say.

There is some talk about Tottenham now being title challengers after the big win, but I’m not convinced. The win did move them just two points behind Manchester City, but they’re six behind Liverpool. And I think those two will pull away from the rest. I don’t think Tottenham will mind not being labelled as title challengers either, though. Before the season started, they wouldn’t have predicted this. After not spending any money in the summer, many predicted they would struggle. But that hasn’t been the case, and they’re absolutely flying.

Finishing in the top four and going all out to win a cup has to be their aim, still. They’re now five points clear of Chelsea and Arsenal in the race for the top four, so that’s very positive for them. If Spurs keep playing as well as this, they’ll have no problems finishing third, at least, and can let their two big rivals scrap it out for the remaining place. I’m not including Manchester United, who are eight points from the top four, but you never know, I suppose. It wouldn’t be wise to completely rule them out, because there’s a lot of football still to play. There’s something else I have to touch on when it comes to Tottenham, though.

Mauricio Pochettino

I want to avoid getting dragged into speculating about Mauricio Pochettino’s future. I feel like I won’t always be able to avoid it, but for now I want to stay away from it. This talk is going to dominate for months, and the longer it goes on, the worse it will get. Every time Tottenham play, all the talk from the commentators will be about him. I watched the game on Sky yesterday, and Martin Tyler didn’t stop talking about it. He referenced Pochettino and Manchester United multiple times during the game, and it really annoyed me. We’ll have to get used to it, by the look of it.

Tottenham fans can’t be too impressed by the whole situation, but even they’re speculating. They try to make the case for why he would want to stay rather than go, while United fans try to make the case for why he would join them rather than stay. But, again, I’m not getting into that now. There’s just no way I can do it. I’m sure I’ll get on board with the speculation at some stage, and I’m sure I will write an article about it. But I’m not going down that road now.

Title Race

Finally for today, I’ll touch on the title race. Liverpool will be top on Christmas Day, as they’re four points clear of Manchester City. City lost to Crystal Palace on Saturday, while Liverpool beat Wolves on Friday night. Have you seen Andros Townsend’s goal for Palace yet? If you haven’t, go and look it up right this second. Screamer. Definite goal of the season contender, for me.

But back to the title race. This is the third time Liverpool have been top on Christmas Day. Whoever is top on Christmas Day almost always go on to win it. But not Liverpool. The two previous times they were top, they didn’t win it. Third time lucky? Maybe so. I have to say, I’m so happy with the fact that we have a title race this season. It’s still early, of course, but this one really could be very close. I still think City will win it, but I’m just some lad and I’m not magical and I can’t predict the future. I could very well be wrong.

We’ll see how it goes anyway, but it looks promising.

Rafa Benitez

Rafa Benitez says it will be a miracle if Newcastle stay up this season, and says he’s not sure if he’ll be able to strengthen his squad in January. You can read about that here.

You should also have a read of our most recent in-depth article, which is on Benitez’s career.

Anyway, that’s that from me for this morning. As I said, I won’t be here tomorrow. So, I’ll wish you a very Happy Christmas now. Hope you have a good one and really enjoy it! Eat lots, drink more, and spend time with your family. Make sure you don’t forget to leave the cookies and milk/beer out for Santa, and the carrots for the reindeer. I say reindeer because I think it’s terrible that people just leave them out for Rudolph. The rest of them are just ignored, and it’s terrible.

But then again, is it really terrible? Maybe it’s not, because when you think of it, they’re not very nice. They used to bully Rudolph, the poor fella. And all because he has a red nose. They used to laugh at him and call him names, and he wasn’t allowed to join in their reindeer games. I hope they’re not mean to him anymore. The little shitheads.

So, you go now and have a great time. Enjoy your drink, food, mince pies, Roses, Heroes, Celebrations, and whatever else you’re having. And, of course, enjoy the big amazing dinner. It’s going to be great!

Bye bye now, enjoy!

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