Football Review Across the Weekend – This last week, we saw Champions being crowned across different parts of Europe. Starting with Bayern Munich who were confirmed of their title as Wolfsburg were ripped off any hope to give competition. In England, on Sunday Chelsea secured their fifth top-flight title, as they beat Crystal Palace, with a lone goal being scored by Hazard. Chelsea fully deserved their trophy, as they were the only consistent team throughout the season, despite at times being plagued by injury (notably, to their top scorer, Diego Costa). Banners were present at Stamford Bridge saying “The Special One – He’s one of us”. After winning, all the players took a lap of honour with their owner Roman Abramovich watching on.
Questions will be raised as to whether Hazard did dive for the penalty, of which he scored in the rebound- but for now, the only pressing matter for everyone is about Mourinho. Readers will remember how Mourinho’s first spell ended abruptly, despite them winning the league back-to-back. Jose Mourinho is indeed a tactical masterclass but has drawn a lot of flank for his style of play. Some say, that is the reason ‘the special one’ was sacked in his first tenure. But for now, Roman will indeed be happy with his club winning the title after a gap of five years. Elsewhere, Aguero scored his 22nd goal of the season to ensure his team’s Champions League qualification, thirteen points adrift of the leaders. Defeat for Tottenham makes them seven points behind fourth-placed Manchester United, who lost to a defensive West Bromwich Albion side at home. In between all this comes Liverpool who won courtesy a late goal by their inspirational leader, who departs this season, Steven Gerrard. Liverpool are currently placed at fifth, four points behind United.
In Italy, Juventus won their 32nd title, their fourth straight Serie A, after winning against Sampdoria. Chile midfielder Vidal was the only person to score a goal, when he headed in a cross delivered by Lichsteiner. Juventus this whole season lost only three matches, thus competing fiercely with second-placed Lazio. Their manager Massimiliano Allegri, will now have his eyes set on the UEFA Champions league, with their draw already decided against an in-form Real Madrid side. It would be safe to say that anything could happen when these two teams meet on Tuesday, later this week.
In Spain, Barcelona went on a scoring rout, by striking eight goals against Cordoba. Luiz Suarez scored his first hat-trick wearing a Barcelona jersey. Rakitic opened the scoreboard in the 42nd minute, with Suarez adding one just five minutes later. Apart from them, Messi hit a brace, Pique finished one, and Neymar got one, by a penalty. Barca remain two points clear of Real Madrid, who if drawn on level with Barcelona at the end of season would win the title, because of their better head-to-head record. In France, PSG took one more step towards their Ligue 1 title, after beating Nantes 2-0. Edison Cavani, who has been linked with various clubs, and Blaise Matuidi scored for PSG.