Competition is what the league has strived for from day one, now we have a truer sense of a competitive league (or at least one with challenges for title contenders) how does that feel? For some, it bites. Just look at the teams in 5 to 8 who didn't have everyone pulling in the serendipitous-velocity to victory last season.
Newcastle United know how it feels to have pressure, but this is a new kind of pressure to deal with for Pardew and his men, second season pressure. Whereas Chelsea are just looking to move on from AVB and make a keen argument that UCL would have been won either way. Liverpool as a city has always been divided but this season the divide seems even more stark. Yet the respect remains.
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