There is a little-known Argentine legend, one spoken of with reverence by the rugged gaucho cowboys of the Pampas plains, who still gain strength from it in times of uncertainty. Folklore has it that a wise king was faced with attack in the middle of winter by a local warlord so powerful that it was widely believed his army could dominate the entire continent.
The young king rallied his young, disorganised warriors and, despite warnings from tribal elders that you can’t win anything with kids, put his faith in a boy-prince. Patagonian shaman still to this day recount that, despite initial setbacks, the wise king’s men were so inspired by the young man’s bravery and skill in battle that a great defeat was inflicted on the warlord, a rout so humiliating that he was heard to curse the gods themselves, accusing them of a “campaign” against him.
Anyway, what’s important to Fantasy Football fans is that Spurs beat Chelsea 5-3 on New Year’s Day before the distractions of the FA Cup at the weekend.
In the most incredible game of the season so far, Tottenham’s Argentinian manager Mauricio Pochettino got his team’s fans singing “We want six” as Chelsea’s aura of invincibility was severely dented.
Spurs’ wunderkind Harry Kane scored two and got two assists for 18 points to be crowned this week’s Star Man. The 21-year-old east Londoner had an amazing second quarter of the season, amassing 67 points from the last 10 games.
Somebody else achieving mythical status is Kuoy Rathana, manager of Koh Kong KR, whose exploits in securing a $20 Cellcard voucher will be spoken of in hushed tones for generations to come.
Rathana had Chelsea midfielder Eden Hazard as captain to bag 14 points and other members of the Dream Team, Spurs midfielder Nacer Chadli (15) and Manchester City defender Gael Clichy (10).
The other notable Dream Teamers, in some of the other high-scoring games, were Liverpool’s soon-departing captain Steven Gerrard who scored two in the Reds’ 4-1 demolition of Swansea and accrued 14 points, and Newcastle midfielder Jack Colback who netted one and set one up in the Toon’s 3-3 draw with Burnley to help get him 13 points. Colback was selected by just 1.1 per cent of managers and cost a bargain $4.8 million.
In the Facebook competition, Kane proved as elusive as he was to the Chelsea defence as no one guessed he would top the scoring charts. That sees us with yet another rollover – so get set for the next question, on which answering correctly rests a whopping $40 in Cellcard phone credit!
An intriguing Gameweek 21 kicks off on Saturday with Chelsea only ahead of City by alphabetical order, with both level on points having won 14, drawn four, lost two, with 44 goals in the “for” column and 19 against. City fans are (allegedly) currently campaigning to change their name back to Ardwick AFC, the one the club went by in 1887.
The weekend’s standout tie is third-placed Manchester Utd against fourth-place Southampton at Old Trafford on Sunday. Come Monday, who will be able to proudly cry “I am legend!” and whose myths will be busted. Only Gameweek 21 has the answers.