May 11th, 2013 by Admin
This article originally appeared at Soccer Classroom
The three clubs of Chelsea, Tottenham, and Arsenal are the finest clubs that London has to offer on the soccer field, and they are currently engaged in an epic battle for the two remaining spots in the Champions League next season. For any club, the Champions League represents the pinnacle games of the season, with matches against European super-powers like Barcelona or Bayern Munich providing mouth-watering fixtures week in and week out. Just as important for these clubs is also the money that comes from such matches and the allure to potential new summer signings who want to play on soccer’s biggest stage.
American Clint Dempsey’s summer transfer to Tottenham last summer was made in large part to fight for Champions League play, but as yet nothing is assured. The three clubs are separated by a mere 3 points, meaning that the door is wide open for the last 2 matches. One thing is clear though: One team will not make the cut, and historically that team has been Tottenham.
Arsenal and Chelsea have usually been the team’s that come out on top each year, but this year may be different. Tottenham’s Gareth Bale has been awarded the Player of the Year award and has made a habit of scoring sensational goals in crucial moments of matches.
Both Chelsea and Arsenal have more talented teams, but they do lack the kind of impact player that can simply take over a game in the manner that Gareth Bale can. The recent matches have been exciting and nail biting for the fans across London, as teams know exactly how vital every single point is at the moment.
Last night Chelsea and Tottenham battled out to a 2-2 draw in a fantastic match that has set the stage for the season’s run-in. With everything on the line, the two clubs showed that the fight will continue and it surely will heading into the final weeks of the season.
Although Manchester United has already wrapped up the title, this battle for 3rd and 4th place will set the stage for great entertainment as these teams push for the end of the season. Although Chelsea is currently the safest of the group, they also have a major Europa League Final match against Benfica before their final game against Everton.
Everton’s David Moyes is widely expected to be the next in line to manage Manchester United since Sir Alex Ferguson’s announcement of retirement, and one would presume that he and his team would be eager to send off their manager in style. Should Everton win, Chelsea could be usurped by Arsenal or Tottenham or both, which would probably end the likelihood of Jose Mourinho returning to manage the team next season.
Arsenal meanwhile have two matches against teams on the verge of relegation, and will surely be facing two massive tests against Wigan and Newcastle, who are both fighting for Premier League survival.
All this leads up to one thing: drama! With so much on the line in these last few games, players, managers, and fans will be desperate for victories. For the casual soccer fan, any games featuring Tottenham, Arsenal, or Chelsea will be very fun to watch!Building, Champions, Clubs, League, London, Qualification, Suspense