The Christmas and New Year period is a pivotal time in the season for the Premier League, it's one of the only divisions in Europe that doesn't close its stadiums doors for the following week or so, but is it just too much to handle for the clubs in England's elite league?
Many newcomers to the Premier League find it bizarre that we play so many games in such a short amount of time. New managers and players complain in press conferences that it puts too much stress on them physically and mentally, and they may have a point.
Even with the standard of fitness being so high in the modern game, having a two-day gap in between games is a lot to ask.
Fans love it
However, the fans love it, Boxing Day matches is what we love about the English game, it's as if football is their life along with the players, a little thing like Christmas isn't going to get in the way of that.
Most of the professionals say a title cannot be decided as early as December/January, but we all know that may just be the case, especially with the title race being so thrilling as it is this season.
Manchester City have thrown the first punch in the festive period, while their rivals across the city have fallen at the first hurdle, meaning United are left seven points behind the Sky Blues.
Injuries are the main concern for the clubs during this time of the year, so many games can destroy unfit and injury-prone players. Sergio Aguero joins other important names that are already on the injury list, there will more than likely be a few more come the middle of January.
On the other hand, no football fan would want the onslaught of games during this time of year to end, it's what makes the Premier League the best league in the world, it's where the thrilling part of the season really begins
No matter what the big characters in the game say, this certainly is where the title can be decided and to be honest. If a team fails to pull through the period of the New Year, they aren't worthy title contenders.
Whoever sits top of the table at the end of January will more than likely go on to lift the trophy come May. Whichever way it goes, hold onto your Christmas stockings, it's going to be an enthralling festive period in the Premier League.
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