We’re in the fledgling stages of a real spectacle of a Premier League season, and there are already plenty of upsets spicing things up in the UK’s biggest football division. There are a lot of different ways you can rank and order the 20 clubs that participate in this year’s Prem, but there is only one that truly matters: from least to most, how likely is it for each team to stage a coup d’état in Chile?
#20: Manchester City
Following the City Group’s acquisition of Santiago City – their 139th football club – it looks near-impossible for the Citizens to speak out against the Chilean government, let alone stage a full-on coup against them.
#19: Crystal Palace
Eagles manager Roy Hodgson is an outspoken advocate for the National Renewal Party of Chile. Unless things were to dramatically change, Palace would be in prime position to defend Chile from a military coup, not participate in one.
Given Tottenham Hotspur’s rigidly anti-Chile stance, it is rumoured that Arsenal are in favour of maintaining the status quo in Santiago, simply out of spite.
#17: Sheffield United
Chris Wilder’s men are known to work on a shoestring budget, so it’s unlikely that they would find themselves in the right financial position to launch a military coup of any kind, never mind one that would see them traverse an ocean and most of a continent in transit.
#16: West Bromwich Albion
There’s just something about the Baggies that says “No, they probably won’t involve themselves in large-scale military operations in South America”.
#15: Brighton & Hove Albion
When asked about Chile, Graham Potter went on a fifteen minute rant about how Chile is, traditionally speaking, a beanless dish, and that anyone who includes beans in their Chile is disgracing its Mexican roots. From this, we can decipher that his involvement in the country’s politics is minimal.
#14: Wolverhampton Wanderers
Wolves seem far too busy pretending to be Portuguese, so they are unlikely to make a move on Chile at the present.
#13-10: Leicester City, Everton, Leeds United & Southampton
Given that these four Premier League clubs are actively involved in a military coup in Sierra Leone, they seem to have their hands full at the present. Things can quickly change, but for now, West Africa will keep this coalition busy.
In what looks to be a difficult season ahead for the Cottagers, it’s likely that Scott Parker may look towards more creative methods for survival in the Premier League. Whether that means signing a new centre-back in January or seizing power in the Chilean capital, we cannot possibly know.
#8: Newcastle United
When asked about Chile, Steve Bruce said “No, I’m warm enough, thanks”. There is certainly potential, however, that Bruce’s words were faux-ignorance, and that he is plotting a coup as we speak.
#7: Manchester United
After what happened with Alexis Sánchez, how could Man United fans not want to see a significant restructure of Chilean politics? With that being said, it’s unlikely that the Glazers will fund a venture of this magnitude, as they have already set their sights on the cheaper, more realistic option of a Venezuelan military coup.
With news arriving of Chelsea’s failed attempt to purchase Chile in the summer transfer window, things are tense between the Blues and the South American country. Frank Lampard may seek alternate methods of acquisition this winter.
#5-3: Aston Villa, Burnley & West Ham
This trio of teams were recently spotted attending a “Claret & Blue Conversion Rally”, in which a union of organisations that share the same colour scheme plotted to force all of the world’s institutions into representing the claret & blue, including the Chilean government. Unless Chile complies and switches up the colours on their flag, it’s looking like military intervention may be inevitable.
#2: Tottenham Hotspur
José Mourinho has repeatedly insulted Chilean President Sebastián Piñera in press conferences this season, calling him a “wasteman” and a “clout-chaser”. With Spurs-Chile relations nearing boiling point, it is only a matter of time before a coup is on the cards.
There’s just something about Jürgen Klopp that screams “this man is a severe and immediate threat to the current ruling political party of Chile”. One look at his toothy grin would send shivers down the spine of any right-leaning Chilean, and, although Klopp hasn’t formally commented on the matter, it is surely only a matter of time before Salah & co. arrive on the Chilean coast.