3-0 to the red side.
5-1 to the blue.
Minus seven goals and firmly 20th on the table.
But let’s not panic.
Just last week, Harry Redknapp spoke of a gulf in class between an upper-tier premiership side and an upper-tier Scottish side. That’s a no brainer. In Scotland, there’s the big two, and then everyone else.
Just like we have in England.
The gulf in class between the top two and everyone else is every bit as apparent. This time, unfortunately, we are Hearts. Manchester and Manchester are Glasgow and Glasgow, respectively. We don’t have the infrastructure of United. We don’t have the absurd wealth of City.
But that’s not all bad news.
Unlike Scotland, there are still two Champions League spots up for grabs—and there are no clear heirs to second-tier glory. Liverpool and Chelsea are good teams, for sure, but have not looked full of confidence yet—and neither of them have had the schedule that we’ve had so far. Arsenal appears to be coming out of the seams, and the rest, led by Everton, don’t have the depth of talent to seriously push for a second-two spot.
While we are clearly battered, bruised, and (perhaps rightfully) booed after the first two games, we have them out of the way, and with Adebayor and others coming in, there’s no reason to think that we can’t fight right alongside Liverpool and company for respectability. Remember, those teams must play Manchester, too.
The season starts tomorrow. It’s still all to play for. All, except the top two.
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