Friday, January 27, 2006
ESPNsoccernet: February 14, 12:07 PM UK
2004-05 Season Review - Green Umberella
With the new season now nearer its drama free end than beginning as far as the title procession is concerned (and already resembling the last with Chelsea's inexorable and predictable rise to the top on the back of a fare number of 1-0 victories garnished by the occasional flash of brilliance from SW6) it is as good a time as any to look back on the last.
Football fans are oft credited with short memories and so a quick refresher on that which ended just a few short months ago may be useful.
The story, of course, is a familiar one (in so much as we all watched it happen): there are to be no late twists or re-writes where Southampton stay up and Chelsea crumble under the pressure of leading from the off.
Told here in a parsimonious 52 minute flurry - that less than the duration of a single match is devoted to explaining a whole season seems incongruous but then, we're all busy people these days, aren't we? - Mourinho's team's charge and then ultimate stroll to victory is chronicled well, but the real tension builds up to that extraordinary final day in May when the final opening whistles of the Premiership season were sounded without a single side confirmed as leaving the top flight.
At some point in the afternoon each of Norwich, Southampton, Crystal Palace and West Brom were safe; only the latter when it really mattered, of course. This heart-stopping denouement, rightly, is the true focus of the DVD.
The review, whilst short, contains everything you would want and expect from it and is worth the purchase price alone just to own forever the infamous Delia Smith 'Let's be 'avin you' half-time tirade. She is sorely missed.