From Relegation To Epic Survival EPL’s Cinderella Club, Crystal Palace

From Relegation To Epic Survival EPL’s Cinderella Club, Crystal Palace

From Relegation To Epic Survival EPL’s Cinderella Club, Crystal Palace

CrystalPalace’ssurvivalsagaexemplifiesman’sburningpassiontoexcelandovercomeallthetrialsandchallengesthathewillencounteralongtheway。

PriortotheChristmasseason,theEagles’wingswerebroken。

Unabletoflyandalmostdestroyedbythehostilitiesofthetop-flightleague,theclubwasforcedtoacceptitsearlyexitandliveuptotheexpectationsofbeingayo-yosquad。

However,a(disillusioned)CrystalPalacewasimmediatelybroughtbacktoitssenseswhenTonyPulisenteredthepicture。

Theclub,whichwasseverelybatteredattherockbottompitofthePremierLeague,survivedandevencarvedanameforitselfwithinthepagesoffootballinghistory。

CrystalPalace’sjourneytosurvivalwasnevereasy。

ThisfeatisreallyneverapieceofcakeforagrouptryingtokeepitsPremierLeaguestatus。

However,whathappenedtotheEagleswasaspecialone。

Forthelongesttime,thebiggestachievementthatarelegationproneaccomplished,wastolandinthe17thspot。

Palacedidmorethanthat。

Theyfinishedtheseasoninstyleviasecuringthe11thspot,trailingthe10thplacerNewcastleUnitedbyfour(4)points。

SteveParish’sgambleonTonyPulispaidoff。

Relatively,Pulis’gamblewiththetacticalchangesandtransfersigningsalsopaidoff。

UnderPulis’management,CrystalPalacewasabletoformamoresolidsquad—onethatcanpulloffamassiveattack,butisnonetheless,strongintermsofitsdefence。

Puliswasalsoabletomakehisplayersfullyunderstandtherolegivenuntothem。

Yet,itwasnotallaboutPulis。

CrystalPalace’ssuccessisalsoabouttheplayers,whohaveregainedtheirself-confidenceamidstanintimidatingenvironment。

Andtrueenough,CrystalPalacedidtheunbelievable。

Duringthefinalstretchoftheseason,theEaglessnatchedcrucialvictories。

Itshockedthetitlecontender,Chelseawitha1-0win,thrashedCardiffandAstonVillaandsurprisedEverton。

Yet,ifthereisanythingthatwillreadilyexemplifytheEagles’return,itwastheevenstevenfinishedthatdestroyedLiverpool’sdreamofclinchingthePremierLeaguetitle。

Itwasthevictory,whichalmostmadeLuisSuarezcryanoceanoftears。

Andforthefinale,CrystalPalacebidtheseasongoodbyeastheydrewwiththealreadyrelegatedFulham。

WhathappenedtoCrystalPalaceisakintoafairytale。

Yet,inasfarasTonyPulisandtherestofthemembersareconcerned,theyarenolongercontentedwithfairytales—forthatillusionofgrandeurandpower。



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