Man Utd vs Chelsea, and Barack Obama vs Hillary ClintonBy: Daryl | May 7th, 2008
We don’t do politics on The Offside, but we love a good analogy. And it was recently suggested to me that the Premier League title race between Man Utd and Chelsea is a mirror image of the US Democratic Primary between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.
Basically Man Utd = Barack Obama. Both are out in front by a narrow margin and can just about smell victory. But both are under pressure from a rival who refuses to quit.
Man Utd are level on points with Chelsea, but have an unbeatable goal difference. Obama stands toe to toe with Hillary, but has an almost uncatchable delegate lead. The title/nomination is theirs to win, so long as they avoid any slip ups in West Virginia, Kentucky, Oregon, Puerto Rico, Montana, South Dakota or Wigan. If they do slip up (say a defeat in Oregon or a late Marcus Bent equalizer) then their opponent is ready to strike.
And so Chelsea = Hillary Clinton. Neither plays an aesthetically pleasing game, but they play a game that gets results. Attack ads and long balls to Didier Drogba are basically the same thing. Both have taken their races all the way, when lesser competitors might have conceded defeat a few weeks ago. And both are going to keep fighting for as long as there’s any possible chance of winning.
And in case you’re not convinced, remember that Hillary Clinton named her daughter after the Blues.