As other European leagues take a break for the holidays, soccer – or football if you want – can still get their entertainment from the Premier League. The EPL hosted several games on Boxing Day as well as days after that and even days heading up to the new year.
That said, here’s a roundup of what’s been going on in the EPL:
Manchester United Look Terrifying
Manchester United’s suffering has been well documented – even their Twitter account has been under fire for trivial issues like misspelled names of players. So, with Louis van Gaal – having good track records across Europe and even on the world stage – taking over managerial duties, a lot of good things were expected from the club.
But how they failed miserably. Instead of being hailed, they were made into a laughing stock – the 3-1 lead they squandered against Leicester City being a very good example.
However, of late, the Red Devils have been in astonishing form – particularly their terrifying forward line of Radamel Falcao, Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney.
With contributions from Juan Mata, Manchester United was able to overcome Newcastle United 3-1 on Boxing Day. Although they drew against Tottenham in their second match in three days, the road they paved to get from close to relegation to near the top of the table has been impressive.
Chelsea Bid Farewell to Fernando Torres
Spanish striker Fernando Torres has struggled to regain the form he had when he played for Liverpool. After acquiring Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa, Torres found himself sent on loan to AC Milan where he is still struggling to find the net.
Now, his transfer to AC Milan has been mad final. In additional, Milan is sending him off to his boyhood club Atletico Madrid where others believe Diego Simone can set him right. Of course, this situation makes the Champions League even more interesting if Chelsea and Atletico both progress from the knockout stage and draw each other.
Manchester City is threatening Chelsea’s spot
For a while it seemed that Chelsea had a comfortable lead at the top of the table. But after a few draws and a loss against Newcastle, the Blues’ place in first is being threatened by Manchester City.
The lighter Blues ALMOST manged to sneak closer – with Chelsea just managing to draw against Southampton – but somehow fate decided it wasn’t time as they drew against Burnley.
With Manchester United seemingly rejuvenated, Manchester City raring to defend their title and with threats from Southampton and others, the race to crown this season’s Premier League champion has become more exciting.