Picking my English Premier League
Liverpool's English midfielder Steven Gerrard (C) celebrates scoring a penalty for their second goal with Liverpool's English striker Daniel Sturridge (R) and Liverpool's Italian striker Mario Balotelli (L) during the English Premier League football match between Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool at White Hart Lane in London on August 31, 2014. (Photo credit: OLLY GREENWOOD/AFP/Getty Images)
For the first time in my life I am following the EPL. I'm all in. I have spent the first three weeks of the EPL season scouting for a team to follow. I have watched games, pre-game shows, post-game shows, Match of the Day and Stat Zone. I've watched Rebecca Lowe with Robbie Earle and Robbie Mustoe. I've watched featured on players and interviews with coaches. I will be watching Monday's Transfer Deadline Day Show. I am looking for good story lines, great players, rising starts, interesting personalities, success, cool kits and other random aspects. Keep in mind, I am a novice at this. This is just a gut feel thing. There is no science behind it.
I have eliminated the following teams from consideration.
All of these teams interested me, in some way, shape or form. But all eventually fell by the way side.
I have narrowed my list to two teams:
I really like both of these teams. I am not fully aware of how they fit into the all-time landscape or even the present day landscape of the EPL, but they stood out to me.
I like both managers, Jose Mourhino (Chelsea) and Brendan Rogers (Liverpool).
It is ironic Liverpool is called The Reds. Players that stood out or that I found interesting:
Chelsea: Diego Costa, Eden Hazard, Didier Drogba.
Liverpool: Steven Gerrard, Daniel Sturridge, Mario Balotelli, Alberto Moreno, Raheen Sterling.
I will admit I'm leery of Balotelli. He reminds me of a combo of Chad Johnson/Terrell Owens. I love the 'You Will Never Walk Alone' song by Liverpool fans, prior to their home matches. I am a huge fan of Gerrard after watching an extended interview with Rebecca Lowe. The Saturday match between Chelsea and Everton was the craziest soccer match I've ever watched. Chelsea's Diego Costa scored 34-seconds into the match. Later, there were 5 goals in 11 minutes. Chelsea won 6-3.
What do you think of my finalists?
I'm not adding teams to this list, I am picking one team.
Make your case for either team. Post your comments below.
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - AUGUST 30: Diego Costa of Chelsea celebrates scoring his team's sixth goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Everton and Chelsea at Goodison Park on August 30, 2014 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)