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Published on May 14th, 2018 | by Vieri Capretta

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Winners and losers: Mighty Mo, Juve’s My7th and Barcelona bottle it

The Premier League wrapped up with a mighty Mo and Chelsea choke, Juve became My7ths while Barcelona blew the unbeaten streak – winners and losers time

WINNERS

Mohamed Salah

Records broken one after the other, the most goals (32) in a 38-match season, the most strikes by a Premier League player in a single season (44) equalled, like Ruud Van Nistelrooy in 2003. For $50 million, a bargain. Everyone knew the Egyptian was a great player, just not a Ballon d’Or contender. Salah’s season has been near perfect, having won every single individual prize, and needs that final victory – lifting the Champions League trophy.

Juventus

The seventh Scudetto in a row. Can you imagine that? Six was already a Serie A record. When including the fourth Coppa Italia in a row, that’s four consecutive doubles. No other manager had ever done it before Massimiliano Allegri. All Juve needed at Roma was a draw, and that is what they got, showing again their pragmatic nature and their eagerness to get results over beautiful football. It’s worked so far, and Juventus continue to dominate domestically.

Gareth Bale

A brace at the Santiago Bernabeu to conclude a wonderful spell at Real Madrid, or so it seems. The record-breaking signing (at the time) helped the Blancos to three Champions League victories in four years, and another final. He scored the winning goal in the first final, back in 2014.

The Welshman has been worth the money, that’s for sure, but Bale’s time at Madrid seems over, and he is ready to move, after being hindered by a number of injuries over the past couple of seasons. To bid farewell to the Bernabeu with two splendid goals was the best possible way.

LOSERS

Barcelona

It will be remembered as the season in which Barcelona won La Liga almost unbeaten. That was the aim: after being knocked out of the Champions League, this could have become a memorable year had the Blaugrana not lost a single game. They managed to get past Real Madrid unharmed, then – believe it or not – lost to Levante at the weekend. A 5-4 final result that ends all hopes of an “Invincibles” Barcelona side.

Chelsea

Conte Out. There is still an FA Cup final to be played, but many Chelsea fans have had enough of this disappointing season and the manager that took them to Premier League glory only a year ago. Because if beating Liverpool last week had revamped the chances of a top-four finish, the abysmal performance at Newcastle not only confirmed the Europa League spot, but also showed how the players are not following the Italian anymore. Now there is a trophy to play for, and doing so after such a defeat could cost Chelsea.

Hamburg

Flares on the pitch, police intervention. The images surrounding what is the real disaster for Hamburg fans: their team, has been relegated for the first time in history. The only side to play every season in the Bundesliga since its creation in 1963 won’t be in it next season. Hamburg got themselves in the situation of having to win and to hope Wolfsburg lost. It did not happen and one of the traditional big German teams has to face at least a season in the second tier.

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