Manchester City crowned as 2017/18 Premier League Champion
Manchester City may have preferred a derby win to seal the crown, but a Manchester United defeat at the hands of West Bromwich isn’t a bad way either. Manchester United looked a shadow of themselves after an enthralling 3-2 encounter, a recurring case since Jose Mourinho took over. Sanchez and Pogba looked out of sorts, and Rodriguez’s goal came as a sucker punch. This is by far City’s most dominant performance in the EPL, and despite their European shortcomings, Pep Guardiola’s men have been scintillating in the league. With 4 games left in the league, City will have the time to sit back and relish the moment while looking to bolster their European stranglehold next season.
City boss Pep was criticised for spending nomadically on his side, but same could be argued against Jose Mourinho, and the Portuguese’ side was dismal and looked leggie throughout the game and season. However, United may finish second this term, a mere consolation with no silverware.
Isco lifts Real Madrid without their talisman
Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale didn’t feature in the squad while Marcelo and Kroos benched, Zidane was clearly focusing on their trip to Allianz Arena next week. He had little problem as Isco was outstanding against his former team Malaga at La Rosadela. The Spaniard opened the scoring with a beautiful free kick, but refused to celebrate and apologized after the goal. He was behind every Real attack, and roamed anywhere and everywhere. Kovacic had a terrific game, but Casemiro looked out of sorts when pressed, a trait for quite some time now. Benzema couldn’t find the net again, but his hold up and link play was outstanding, and played a big part in Real’s second goal where Isco squared unselfishly to Casemiro. Real switched off a couple of times, and Diego Rolan made them pay albeit in the dying seconds for a mere consolation. Zidane showed his faith in fringe players, and one can understand that the next generation can take over the mantle from Ronaldo, Ramos, and Modric. Jesus Vallejo put up a brilliant show as well.
Dortmund in deep waters
5-years ago Dortmund lost to Bayern Munich in the UCL final. Fast forward it to the present day, and one of the liveliest sides in the World is starting to lose their aura. Reus is still sticking to them, and Batshuayi has been a revelation, but that will not be enough to seal a Champions League spot as there recent 2-0 loss to Schalke means they have to fight for their place. For Schalke, Konopylanka and Naldo were on the scoresheet with the Ukrainian pulling off one of the best performances of his this season.