Football Friday: International Break is Needed for Some

Updated: October 9, 2015

With the Premier League season now in full swing, now’s the time to look at the table at the run up to Christmas to see who will be top and who will be struggling in the relegation zone.


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October and November are always the difficult periods in the season with that start of the season buzz now gone. This is the best time to push on, if you can to keep up the momentum. But for some the international break couldn’t have come sooner. Let’s look at some of the teams who have been on a high as of late.


What can I say about Leicester City’s start to the season, apart from amazing? A few people including myself believed getting rid of Pearson at the end of last season was a mistake and that they would struggle early on this season, how I’ve been proved wrong.


Claudio Ranieri has really made an impact since he’s been appointed, I know it could be too soon but I think they could become like Swansea City, what I mean there is that they will stay up this year again and be consistent for years to come, which is high praise indeed.


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For them this is the worst time to have an international break, they needed to continue this brilliant form that they have been showing. Will they find it tough after the break to continue the fine run they have been on?


They have Southampton away in their first match back, which is a tough place to go. Another problem for all clubs and not just Leicester is when players go on international duty sometimes they pick up injuries and that could have a huge impact on a club especially with a smaller sized squad, with Jamie Vardy being called up for England, Ranieri will be watching the game anxiously, praying that he doesn’t get a knock, as Vardy is Leicester’s top scorer this year so far with seven, him getting injured would certainly hinder them in their bid to secure top 10 place.


Let’s move on to a team that hasn’t been performing well, sadly, Chelsea. It feels like Leicester and Chelsea have swapped places over the summer as both are in very different situations.


I honestly don’t know what is going on at the Bridge, I think it just shows how much confidence is important in football, after a few losses this season in four, more than we lost at all last season we are now sitting in 16th place in the league and it says it all when Willian is our top scorer with four goals.


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This international break is a blessing for Chelsea, it’s something they desperately needed. Spend some time apart, go to their national teams and come back to work on the problems and get out of the run they find themselves in.


This is a big test for the manager and the players. They can and will in my opinion still get into the Champions League place but they need to start performing. Aston Villa at home is a game where they should want to put on a good display and score some goals as Villa aren’t doing too well either, get some goals and build up that confidence.


Liverpool and Sunderland

Both teams made managerial changes last weekend, one I agree with, the other was the wrong timing for me.


Advocaat felt like he could do no more, so fair enough. Rodgers however for me you either should have sacked him in the summer or stick with him until at least Christmas.


Why let him spend more money on players in the summer if you were just going to get rid of him after eight games? Both clubs will now use this period to appoint a new manager and get him ready to start when the players return.


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