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Football crazy! PDF
Monday, 03 May 2010 00:00
 

This weekend was an interesting day football-wise, for the situation at the top of the English Premier League and the Spanish Primera Liga is remarkably similar.

Going into the weekend, there was just one point separating the top two in both championships. Chelsea led Manchester United by one point and Barcelona were just one point up on Real Madrid.

So would the four matches involving those four clubs bring about any changes to the order of the day?

On Saturday Barcelona beat Villareal 4-1 away to keep up the pressure on Real.  Of Sunday’s three matches, first up was Chelsea away to Liverpool in, on paper, a tricky match for the title hopefuls.  However, with nothing to play for, Liverpool were poor and lost 2-0 thanks to a gifted first goal by Steven Gerrard, of all people.

Half an hour later, Man Utd had to win to stay in touch.  Away to Sunderland, managed by former Old Trafford star Steve Bruce, the game was never really in doubt, thanks to a first-half goal by Nani.  United dominated with a determined performance.  So it’s still one point behind with just one game to go for each team.

Chelsea have to win at home against Wigan Athletic to be sure of their first title since Jose Mourinho’s two on the trot four years ago.  If United draw at home to Stoke City, Chelsea only need to draw their game.  If the Red Devils lose, the championship is already Chelsea’s.

Finally back to Sunday, where an early evening game at the Estadio Bernabeu saw Real Madrid up against Osasuna.  What a match!  Osasuna, a mid-table side from the Kingdom of Navarra in the North East of Spain, went ahead twice, before Cristiano Ronaldo bundled in the winner in the last-but-one minute to keep up the pressure on the Catalan leaders. Relief all round for the Real fans in the bar where I was watching!  With three matches to go for each team anything could happen here.

Well, it’s certainly been a season to remember in arguably the best two leagues in Europe (although curiously neither country is represented in the Champions League Final, where German and Italian teams hold sway).  Who’s your money on in each league?  Mine’s on Chelsea and Barça.  But it could go one of four ways... Mmm!

©  Paul Whitelock
 

 

 

Paul Whitelock

Paul is a Joint Honours graduate in Spanish and German, a qualified teacher (PGCE) and has a Member of the Institute of Linguists (MIL) qualification.

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