When a season reaches it’s climax one of the best things about that period is football fans debating what will happen and this season is perfectly set up for such debates.
The Premier League is as tight as it comes, top four has four teams fighting for two spots, avoiding relegation is still very much to play for, there are numerous candidates for the Champions League and then there is the Europa League.
How does that saying go, “Opinions are like assholes, everyone has one but they think each others stink.”
Well, I reckon the opinion of Jamie Redknapp, Chris Sutton and our very own Martin Keown’s opinions on the Europa League, stink.
Why? because literally all three of them reckon Chelsea will lift the trophy. When they were asked who will win the trophies outside the Premier League this was their responses.
REDKNAPP: City for the FA Cup and Chelsea the Europa League but I have a feeling that Juventus will win the Champions League.
KEOWN: I can see City lifting the FA Cup. The Champions League is trickier. Any one of the four English sides left in could win it but I’ll go for City. Chelsea for the Europa League.
SUTTON: Chelsea should win the Europa League. I cannot see anyone stopping City from lifting the FA Cup. City are also favourites to win the Champions League.
Not one of them reckons Arsenal, not even Keown! Obviously, they are looking at the draw and either have us losing to Napoli or getting beat by Chelsea.
Napoli will be tough for sure, we know that, but they are not Juventus, they are very beatable and the assumption, because that is what it looks like to me, that we will lose to the Italians is bloody insulting. In my opinion, we are the better side, English football is superior to Italian football, just look at how many English clubs there are left in Europe.
The assumption that Chelsea will beat Slavia Praha is arrogant in the extreme, has no one taken on board what they did to Sevilla?
And will these so-called experts still retain their opinion if we get past Napoli? Will they then be so confident that Chelsea will get the better of us?
As for Keown, what is wrong with him? Why do former Arsenal players have such low opinions of us? Because they do, we all know it.
I am a bit put out, to be honest, and will be on their respective Twitter accounts sticking it to them when we do beat Napoli.