European major football league contentions came to a fantastic end last week and over the weekend. There was an extension of the palpable excitement already experienced which boiled over yesterday as the ‘big one’ in Spanish LaLiga went to the wire on the final day.
Real Madrid and Barcelona had to win and hope for the other to lose before LaLiga title winner could be confirmed. Unlike the recent past, the Catalans are not the leaders but rather hot on the heels of their main rivals.
Playing at home at Camp Nou, there was little doubt that Barcelona would beat ‘small’ Eibar. The main doubt was whether Real Madrid won’t capitulate at skillful La Rosaleda Stadium against Malaga.
However the reverse to the above was the case as Real Madrid took the lead in the second minute through Cristiano Ronaldo while Barcelona got a rude awakening as Takashi Inui scored a blaster in the seventh minute.
At that stage, it was glaring that Los Blancos were on their way to winning their first LaLiga title in five years. It ended well as they held on to win by two goals even as Barcelona came back from two goals down to overcome four to two.
Zinedine Zidane has succeeded in writing his name into Madrid’s folklores!
Earlier in the day, Juventus had made light work of Cordone to win their sixth consecutive Seria A title. Nothing else was expected from the Turin giants.
The major drama for most fans in Nigeria is the European Champions League qualification battle between the trio of Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City.
As noted in the featured news yesterday, the permutations for Arsenal possible miraculous qualification into the Champions League were rather cumbersome. For most people who had done a bit of mathematics; cumbersome equations lead to unusual headaches!
So it was for Arsenal as Liverpool and Manchester City made light work of their opponents thereby ensuring qualification for Europe’s elite competition.
Wenger has lost his bragging rights!
Quick to point to his impressive and consistent qualification for the Champions League as a validation of his coaching genius, Arsene Wenger is left bereft of cover for excuse for a season that promised much in October but started unraveling in November.
Now faced with the ignominies of playing in the second tier EUROPA League, what has the French man got left to aid for insufficiency? Nothing if I must say.
But not also given to honourable surrender, Arsene Wenger has hinted that he will air his position on a new contract at the end of the FA Cup final against Chelsea this Saturday.
If he wins, he will stay; when he loses, he will stay claiming “his love for the club and his commitment to continue to strengthen and improve his already improving squad”!