Real Madrid win yet another trophy..
How important this trophy ultimately is may be up for debate but we cannot ignore the fact that this Real Madrid side has really stepped up their game in recent months. The final- versus Atletico Madrid- was not a great spectacle up until the last few minutes in extra-time when Alvaro Morata was clean on goal and Valverde ‘took one for the team’. The result is more impressive when you realise that Real Madrid were without Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale. Another trophy for Zinedine Zidane. Nine out of nine finals won now.
For Atletico Madrid especially under Diego Simeone, they would give any team a run for their money but cannot seem to finish teams when chanced. Joao Felix had a chance early on and snatched at it, Alvaro Morata also had a chance but hit a very tame effort to the in-form Courtois. When you bear in mind that they play Liverpool in Champions League next month, you wonder if they stand any chance.
Paris St. Germain held by Monaco..
The game itself would ultimately most likely be inconsequential- I mean that PSG would win the League eventually, in case you do not understand- but Monaco put up a good fight, having to come from behind twice. For PSG, the Holy Grail is still the Champions League (they would be happy that they have a fit and happy Neymar this time, fingers crossed) but winning the Ligue 1 would still be the barest minimum achievable.
Liverpool cannot be stopped..
Most neutrals were looking forward to this game – you know, Liverpool, Brendan Rodgers, clowns, Jose Mourinho, Chelsea, the Gerrard slip, etcetera? However, Liverpool was in control of this game save for the last 20 minutes following the inclusion of Lo Celso and Lamela. Ultimately, over the course of 90 minutes, Liverpool deserved the win. This time, Firmino was the man with the solitary goal. Liverpool has now gone 38 games unbeaten- albeit in two different seasons- dropping only two points away to Manchester United. Next up for the Reds: Manchester United. Let us see the version of Manchester United that Solskjaer serves up for the game.
The Serie A is the League to watch this season..
Whether it is because Antonio Conte is doing wonders with Inter Milan or Maurizio Sarri is still having some difficulty in determining his best way to play in Juventus or the magic that Simone Inzaghi is performing with Lazio, the Serie A is the League that may go to the wire this season. Over the weekend, Inter Milan hosted a very good Atalanta side and were held to a draw. Inter Milan did not deserve to win it as they were poor especially in the second half. Juventus went away to Roma and duly took advantage, although they also did not have a good second half after being two goals up very early in the game. The lead is now two points. If Lazio wins their game in hand which is highly possible considering their blistering form, they would be a point behind second placed Inter Milan. Juventus cannot afford to look down.