On that note, I've nothing against Mourinho, or Chelsea for that matter (for proof you can check out previous blogs with me supporting them through Europe this season). If Mourinho was my manager I'd love him, as it is I just have to hail him as a tactical genius, but that's difficult thing for me to love from the outside looking in. As a neutral I wanted Liverpool to destroy Chelse with their fast flowing football, to see time wasting from the first minute was just really disappointing and what should've been a spectacle was just a bit bland because of it.
Anyway, the Premier League player and team of the season was also announced, and I think it's fair to say there are few suprises.
My only points of confusion were, why Cahill instead of Terry? I thought Terry had been having a great season (see, I don't hate Chelsea!), but it appears that people that vote for these things thought Cahill was better. Could that have anything to do with Terry's past? Also, and I know this is weird given their relative positions in the league, but the best goalkeeper doesn't always have a decent team in front of him. Marshall, Speroni and Mannone have performed great works, and been called on a hell of a lot more than Cech will have done.
Eden Hazard was named young player of the year at the tender, wet behind the ears, first flush of youth age of 23. That has got to change. 23 is no longer a young player, it might have been when the award was first set up, but it certainly isn't now. He's a fully fledged international with 42 caps! A better choice would surely have been Shaw or Sterling, and that would've taken nothing away from Hazard's excellent season.
In terms of the big prize, there was no suprise when Suarez got the nod. The betting had him odds on for the last six months such was the impact he's had on the season.That it may be all for nothing (in trophys at least) is a little sad and also calls into question whether the mighty Toure should've been given the individual prize instead?
These are end of season awards, not during the season awards. Change the voting dates and the award date and do it properly or not at all. Sorry, I'm just being grumpy, I know when this team comes out the season is nearly over. Good job it's a World Cup year!