Barcelona clinched a league title, Manchester City took a huge step to theirs while PSG and Neymar found another way to reach a new low this season
It is finally official – Barcelona are champions of La Liga. Their eighth league title in 11 seasons, a ridiculous hegemony that coincides with the era of one of the best players the world has ever seen – Lionel Messi. The Blaugrana dominated the 2018/19 season from beginning to end, making the most of the non-existence of Real Madrid, and the crumbling of Atletico Madrid to be crowned champions.
— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) April 29, 2019
Another week has gone by, another step towards the title. Sergio Aguero’s only goal was enough to sink Burnley and keep the one-point lead over Liverpool. Now there are just two matches left, two games to avoid a slip-up and drop points. The clock is ticking fast for Liverpool.
The only team to make the most of the weekend in the Premier League, in the battle for a top-four finish. Drawing at Manchester United meant Chelsea got an advantage over everyone else including Tottenham, and Arsenal, keeping United three points behind and making a huge step towards securing Champions League football next season.
The Bavarians “bottled it”, by just drawing with Nurnberg, but with Dortmund losing, this is a point that could prove absolutely crucial in the title race with just three games left.
A class act by “El Loco”, the crazy one, who decided to let his opponents, Aston Villa, score a goal, after seeing his team, Leeds United, score with a man on the ground. Fair play at the highest level by the Leeds United manager, who will have to go through the Championship Playoffs if we are to see him in the Premier League next season.
It can happen to lose a penalty shoot-out. But if you’re called PSG and have bottled it in the Champion League already, you’re bound to receive criticism if it happens. Paris won the league, and with a domestic double the season would have been more acceptable, but now this will be remembered as one of the worst seasons of recent times.
Whatever the situation, no matter the frustration of losing a Cup final on penalties, no matter the tension, whatever the fan might have told him – no one should be allowed to hit another person. No footballer should feel entitled to hit a supporter. Terrible behaviour by the Brazilian.
Six points from the last six games, falling from a comfortable fourth spot, with the third within reach, to a seventh place that could leave them without any form of European football next season, especially with Atalanta winning on Monday. The game with Torino was a six-pointer, but the Rossoneri barely switched on, being dominated by the Granata and losing 2-0.
It was a must-win match at Old Trafford, but it ended with a mediocre draw. David De Gea’s mistake cancelled out Juan Mata’s opener against Chelsea, meaning United remain three points away from fourth, with just two games left to be played. Difficult to see the Champions League anthem played at the Theatre of Dreams next season.
A third consecutive loss, a third defeat conceding three goals, and the prospect of Champions League football next season becoming more and more of an illusion. This time round, it was Leicester City who got the job done, as a Jamie Vardy double contributed to the fall of the Gunners.
It had to happen at some point, but obviously the Spurs fans wanted it to be at some other time. The first ever goal conceded in the new stadium, followed by the first ever defeat. In a London Derby. West Ham got the job done at Tottenham, meaning Spurs are still at risk of not securing Champions League football for next season.
The Ruhr Derby should have ended in a very different way, on paper, as Dortmund – in the title race – hosted Schalke 04, who are fighting to avoid relegation. The visitors took no prisoners, scoring four and getting a huge win to move further away from the drop zone, as Dortmund now find themselves two points behind Bayern, wasting the chance to overtake them.