Have The Champions Peaked Too Early Or Is Superhuman Excellence The New Normal?

Manchester City are flying with Chelsea and Liverpool desperately hanging
onto their coat-tails but have the champions peaked too early or is
superhuman excellence the new normal at the Etihad?

RAHEEM STERLING’S daily routine is wake up, be awesome, go back to sleep.
Set to sign a new £300,000-a-week contract, top of the league at Manchester City
and scoring goals for both club and country, he has found that if you love life, life will
love you back.

The lad from London, who left Liverpool under a cloud, gets far too much stick from
too many quarters.

England football fans should borrow a phrase from Tottenham and sing ‘he’s one of
our own’ in support of the 23-year-old who still has so much to give.
City swept aside sorry Southampton 6-1 to stay top and open up a two-point gap
with Sterling scoring twice.

His manager Pep Guardiola has come out and said he could become the best player
in the world. Now I think this comes more from the Bill Shankly schoolbook who used
to tell all his players they were world beaters, rather than Pep thinking Sterling is up
there with the likes of World Cup winner Kylian Mbappe and Champions League
champ Neymar.

But there is nothing wrong with building a player up. In fact I’d like to see Sterling act
like he has the confidence of a naked toddler wearing a T-shirt on his head so he
can ram the insults – especially the disgusting racist ones – down the throats of
lesser men and women.

Just remember lad confidence is silent, insecurities are loud.

JAMES MILNER is another super-human seemingly from another planet.
It is no coincidence that he is a former Man City champion and looks like what he is
– Action Man!

Liverpool fans will be saying ‘Thanks a Millyon’ to the man who has surely proved he
is the best free signing the Premier League has ever seen.
Milner has never lost a Prem game in which he has scored – 49 games (W38 D11)
the longest streak in the competition’s history.

He scored a belter in the 1-1 draw at Arsenal in a cracking game which saw
Alexandre Lacazette level brilliantly for the home side late on.
Those saying Liverpool need to win these kinds of games to lift the title – well what
about winning at newly promoted sides? Wolves 1 City 1 anyone?
Arsenal are a classy club and they showed it again this weekend with a subtle touch
that should be applauded.
The club issued special black armbands for their players to wear which featured a
fox in support of Leicester who are mourning the tragic death of their chairman
Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha.

CHELSEA are currently in a private little battle with Man City and Liverpool over who
is going to blink first and lose for the first time in the Premier League this season.
The tremendous trio are now 11 not out – the first time this has happened in the
competition’s 26-year era.

City have the toughest-looking game on paper this coming weekend with a huge
clash with bitter rivals Manchester United. But with Jose Mourinho describing his
own team’s first-half performance as ‘defensively awful’ and that they were “very,
very lucky” to edge past Bournemouth 2-1 I don’t think free-scoring City will be too
worried.

Chelsea beat Palace 3-1 last time out with Alvaro Morata grabbing a double and they
have a potentially tricky game with in-form Everton on Sunday, while Liverpool will
be confident of seeing off Fulham at home.

Back in August this column predicted Maurizio Sarri’s side would do well and when
written off usually go and win the whole thing. Both they and Liverpool would
deserve this title win like no others if they get the better of this exception City side.
Fans of the Reds and Blues will be hoping Pep & Co go deep into the Champions
League and get distracted searching for the club’s first European crown.

AND finally DC United player Wayne Rooney is set for a sensational England return
to play a charity fund-raiser against USA on November 15.
Perhaps we should extend the invitation to others? Here’s a team I’d like to see play
– Shilton, Cohen, Butcher, Ferdinand, Cole, Gascoigne, Barnes, Beckham, Charlton,
Shearer, Rooney.

Who cares if Bobby Charlton is now 81, we should start referring to ‘age’ as ‘levels
anyway. So when you get to Level 80, 90 or 100 it sounds more badass than just
being old.

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