Monday, March 4, 2013

Weekend summary from the top leagues in Europe (1 - 3 March 2013)

Here we go amigos and amigas:

  • Anyone who says the French league isn't competitive, needs to get their heads checked. PSG lost 1-0 to struggling Reims, but remain top 2 points ahead of Lyon, who could only draw against Brest. Marseille's 2-1 win over Troyes means that they've gotten a step closer to Lyon and are now 3 points behind them in 3rd.
  • It's going to be an interesting week for PSG as they'll be Zlatan-less against Valencia in a must win game in the Champions League. Have they got enough quality to see them through? I think they do...
  • Bayern Munich won 1-0 against Hoffenheim thanks to a Mario Gomez goal and have now re-established a 17 point lead at the top, even though Borussia Dortmund won 3-1 against Hannover. That's right, 17 points at the top. What exactly is Pep Guardiola going to improve at the club next season, I have no idea.
  • The top of the table clash in Italy between Juventus and Napoli ended in a 1-1 draw. Once again the only way Buffon was beaten was by a thunder-strike, this time by Gokhan Inler. The game was marred by a childish clash between Edison Cavani and Giorgio Chiellini which resulted in a yellow card for the pair, though Cavani should be counting his lucky stars as he deserved a red (he's never been sent off in his career if i'm not mistaken). But Chiellini's hair pulling can't be defended either.
  • I said it back when they were in 14th position that AC Milan would finish 3rd this season. They've now maintained that position thanks to their 3-0 battering of Lazio. Though with a man advantage for 70 minutes, you could only expect such a result.
  • Inter Milan pulled off a great comeback against Catania. They were 2-0 up with 19 minutes played, but in the second half they made amends with 3 goals, including a 92nd minute winner, to make sure they remained within touching distance of the top 3. Between Inter Milan and Catania there were 19 Argentinian players in both squads. Not sure why that's important to note, but just felt like mentioning it.
  • Atletico Madrid drew 0-0 away to Malaga, leaving them 11 points behind Barcelona.
  • There was another Clasico in Spain this weekend (yawn), but surprisingly enough Real Madrid beat Barcelona again. So that's twice in one week. A 2-1 win still keeps Madrid in 3rd, despite the fact that they rested some key men with one eye on the Champions League return leg against Manchester United. Ronaldo, Khedira, Ozil and Arbeloa didn't start, whereas Barcelona were without Xavi, Puyol and Fabregas. Not sure what to make of the result as Madrid are still a whooping 13 points behind their rivals from Catalunya.
  • Please, to some Barcelona fans (I said SOME), stop panicking and pretending like it's the end of the world. You're winning the league. If you deem what's happening now as a failure, you really need some perspective (i.e. compare your situation with other less fortunate clubs). Reading some of the comments of Barcelona fans insulting their own players and coaches is disgusting and sums up why there are many of them I personally can't respect as football fans. It's a loss, deal with it.
  • Chelsea beat West Brom thanks to Demba Ba's goal and Chelsea's very supportive fans (check the picture on the Facebook page). Manchester United can thank Shinji Kagawa for his hat-trick in the 4-0 win over Norwich to keep them 15 points clear (I thought people said the Premier League was the best?) at least until Monday when City play Aston Villa. A Luis Suarez hat-trick made is an easy 4-0 rout for Liverpool away to Wigan.
  • The North London derby was won by Tottenham 2-1, more on that later in my latest post on STC Sports which I'll put up later on today (for the bored ones who read what I write).

1 comment:

  1. I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do because I notice it always coincides with their own desires.