Football Weekend winners and losers - double champions and a Serie A shut-out

Published on April 16th, 2018 | by Vieri Capretta

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Weekend winners and losers – double champions and a Serie A shut-out

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A woeful Manchester United handed the Premier League title to a Man City on their sofas while PSG clinched Ligue Un in style with a man-handling of Monaco

Winners

Manchester City

Finally, it is official. Anti-climatic, and ironic, perhaps, as Pep Guardiola’s record breaking and aesthetically perfect Manchester City were crowned champions of England without even playing – as Manchester United lost – but what matters is that at last City have got their hands on the title.

Guardiola revolutionised the team – and the league in many ways – and won a league title yet again. The Champions League debacle hurts, but this kind of domestic victory is one that will be remembered down the years. It’s City’s fifth top-flight English title, the third in the Premier League era. And the feeling is that more will come under Pep.

Juventus

With six games left to play, the Bianconeri have a six-points advantage over Napoli. It seems all over in Italy, if it wasn’t that next week the Partenopei travel to Turin to face Juve. But what matters now is that in a weekend in which none of the top 10 teams in the league, apart from Juve, managed to score, the Bianconeri got the job done and can now look forward to winning their seventh consecutive Serie A title.

Paris Saint-Germain

It’s party time in Paris, as the title returns to the capital after last year’s incredible victory for Monaco. Not that we were expecting anything different, but the way PSG demolished the (now) former champions is unreal: 7-1 at the Parc des Princes, and Monaco ready to reimburse the away fans that made the trip to support the team.

Losers

Manchester United

What a way for City to win the title, with the Red Devils beaten at the Old Trafford by bottom-of-the-table West Bromwich Albion. After last week’s masterclass performance, with the Citizens beaten away, all of this was frankly unexpected, to say the least. José Mourinho tried out the 4-3-3 system, and nothing went as planned, with Alexis Sanchez confirming his horrible form since joining United, and the others once again combining inconsistency with blatantly horrendous football to watch.

Arsenal

Arsene Wenger’s seven game unbeaten run came to an end, as the Gunners suffered their fifth Premier League loss away from home out of five away games in 2018, with the defeat to Newcastle United. Just another reminder of all the problems this team has, the mediocrity that the club has fallen into. The only way out of it is winning the Europa League: it would be silverware and it would book a place in the Champions League. But Atletico will be an extremely difficult opponent.

Napoli

When it mattered most, Maurizio Sarri’s wonderful machine got itself blocked. Unable to score against an AC Milan side that lacked the two starting centre backs, Napoli were also unlucky, as Milan’s Gigio Donnarumma found the save of the season to deny a late Arek Milik winner. But the point remains: Napoli now have six points gap behind Juventus, and have to face the Bianconeri away. All is still open, but goals, and wins, are needed more than oxygen.

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