Crystal Palace: The new Swansea City?
Crystal Palace impressed against a strong Tottenham Hotspur side
For a team which has just been promoted to the Premier League, Crystal Palace displayed a masterclass performance at Selhurst Park, against their London rivals Tottenham Hotspur.
Even though they did end up losing the game without even scoring a goal, they won fans worldwide just for their sheer commitment and verve.
Their commitment and work ethic was buoyed by their captain, Mile Jedanik, who according to me should have been adjudged the man of the match.
He was always there to intercept the final pass or cross for Spurs and troubled the north London team with his physical presence and tackling.
In spite of not having any big names in their squad (not counting Marouane Chamakh, who is on loan at the club), they showed that they meant business.
This is similar to Swansea's entry back into the Premier League under Brendan Rodgers. Swansea's first game two seasons back was dominated by their opponent's record-signing striker, Sergio Aguero.
Similarly today, Crystal Palace's first game back in the Premier League is going to be famous for their opponent's record striker signing, Roberto Soldado for scoring the only goal of the game, a neatly place penalty.
Tottenham Hotspur, in spite of playing without their main man from last season, Gareth Bale seemed like a team who should be aiming for the Premier League crown with players like Soldado, Jan Vertonghen and Paulinho. And for Crystal Palace under ex-Blackpool manager Ian Holloway to come up with a performance like that would be really motivating for their fans.
Speaking about the Crystal Palace fans, other Premier League teams might have to beware travelling to the shadier parts of south London where the team is based primarily due to the support of these fans.
Opponents could very easily get demoralised by these fans who are always at their noisiest best, always backing their team, always supporting them.
This is definitely a team to watch out for this season. Watch out for Jedanik, Chamakh and the 20-year-old Welsh wonderkid Jonathan Williams, who just seems to ooze class everytime he gets the ball.
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