I am honored to say that I watched two of the historical games of Premier League last Saturday and I’m in awe, seriously. Sunderland has finally, FINALLY beat their arch-rival Newcastle United at home for the FIRST TIME in 28 YEARS. And the Stan Cummins curse has been lifted. Sunderland hit man Michael Chopra who used to be a Newcastle said: “It’s been 28 years since Sunderland beat Newcastle on Wearside and if ever there is a time to beat Newcastle, the time is now because of everything that has been going on up there.” Seriously Keano’s Sunderland is a different club right now. Imagine this is also the team that had not won at Tottenham for 30 years until August.
On the other hand, Liverpool ended Chelsea’s 4 year unbeaten home run. It was an exciting game and a nail-biting one and when Alonso struck in the ninth minute when his 20-yard shot deflected off Jose Bosingwa and left Petr Cech wrong-footed and voila, GOAL! I was jumping up and down by then and my mother scolded me saying I am not at Stamford to wildly cheer like that, her words not mine. It was Chelsea’s first defeat under Scolari but Liverpool were always in charge of a pulsating contest at Stamford Bridge and look real title contenders on this form. But Steven Gerrard served a reminder that Liverpool had achieved nothing yet. “To win this league and become champions you have to handle the pressure of being at the top,” he said. “That’s the challenge now.” Ooh. Ease up Stevie; I have a real good feeling at this one. Go, Liverpool.