Monday, February 9, 2009

1. It's looking like we've got ourselves a 2 horse race down the stretch for the Premiership title. Man U and Liverpool both eked out 1 goal wins this weekend. First place United got a 1-0 win at West Ham thanks to a goal from Ryan Giggs. Liverpool kept themselves within striking distance, 2 points off the lead, by coming off the canvas to get goals from Dirk Kuyt and Fernando Torres to get a 3-2 win at Portsmouth, who celebrated by firing their manager, Tony Adams. Pompey will now be on their 3rd manager of the year as Adams took over in October for Harry Redknapp, who bolted for Tottenham early in the season.

Meanwhile, 4th place Chelsea could manage only a 0-0 draw at home against Hull City. Chelsea is now 7 points back of Man U, and the Devils have a match in hand. I'm going to go ahead and say their goose is cooked. Aston Villa remains an intriguing wildcard, as they moved into sole possession of 3rd place with a 2-0 win at Blackburn. They are only 5 points back, but you don't really think someone outside of the rotating cast of big 4 clubs can win the Premiership, do you??

2. The AC Milan Scudetto Express got derailed this weekend when the soon to be new permanent club of David Beckham could manage only a 1-1 draw at home against last place Reggina. Milan falls 8 points behind 1st place Inter, and they pretty much need a win in the Milan derby this weekend to stay in contention. Juventus leapfrogged over Milan into second place with a 2-1 win at Catatonia...I mean Catania.

3. OH SHIT....this just in....Chelsea has canned manager Luiz Felipe Scolari!!! Scolari came to Chelsea this past summer after leading Portugal's national team since 2003. Chelsea, as I mentioned earlier, is in 4th place and is behind Aston Villa who is not in the Club. So this isn't totally unexpected but still, very very newsworthy. Let's go to our special correspondent to get his take on this.




WEEKEND SCOREBOARD
ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE
9 Man City 1, 19 Boro 0
11 Sunderland 2, 17 Stoke 0
18 Rovers 0, 3 Villa 2
20 West Brom 2, 13 Newcastle 3
4 Chelsea 0, 12 Hull 0
6 Everton 3, 14 Bolton 0
7 Wigan 0, 10 Fulham 0
16 Portsmouth 2, 2 Liverpool 3
15 Tottenham 0, 5 Arsenal 0
8 West Ham 0, 1 Man U 1

LA LIGA
2 Real Madrid 1, 11 Racing 0
3 Sevilla 1, 14 Real Betis 2
13 Getafe 1, 19 Espanyol 1
20 Mallorca 1, 8 Deportivo 1
7 Malaga 3, 15 Almeria 2
5 Villarreal 2, 18 Numancia 1
1 Barcelona 3, 12 Sporting Gijon 1
9 Valladolid 2, 10 Athletic Bilbao 1
17 Osasuna 1, 4 Valencia 0
16 Recreativo 0, 6 Atletico 3

SERIE A
17 Lecce 0, 1 Inter 3
3 AC Milan 1, 20 Reggina 1
9 Cagliari 0, 10 Atalanta 1
14 Catania 1, 2 Juventus 2
12 Udinese 1, 16 Bologna 0
4 Fiorentina 1, 11 Lazio 0
18 Torino 1, 19 Chievo 1
15 Sampdoria 2, 13 Siena 2
6 AS Roma 3, 5 Genoa 0
7 Palermo 2, 8 Napoli 1

FMF
6 Tecos 2, 2 Monterrey 3
3 San Luis 2, 6 Atlas 1
1 Chivas 1, 4 Necaxa 1
4 Cruz Azul 1, 5 Tigres 1
4 Atlante 0, 1 Jaguares 2
3 Pumas 0, 2 Morelia 1
3 Indios 0, 6 Santos 0
5 Puebla 0, 2 Toluca 2
5 America 1, 1 Pachuca 3

2 comments:

Patrick N said...

lmfao I can't believe I heard news from here first!

I knew Chelsea would panic and fire Scolari. At the bar after the tie I said man I don't know what Scolari can do. I really don't blame him. He can't PLAY for them. Sure, changing an assist guy who was doing well during the match like Quaresma for a pure striker in Drogba made no sense, and sure, Chelsea played worse the second half than the first which usually is the coach's fault, but I thought Scolari was better than Avram Grant and they gave Grant the whole season.

NOW WHAT WILL CHELSEA DO? Hopefully they get Clarke their former Assistant Manager, but all signs point to Hiddink the Russian National Team coach. I'd actually go for someone who's used to the day-to-day operations of a club instead of the month-to-month operations of a national team.

WE'RE FUCKED.

Nick Pomazak said...

i know i was writing this when my screen refreshed with the news..i think i spit my coffee all over my screen..

at this point in the season it really doesnt matter who they hire..the best they can hope for is to hold onto that last champions league spot...which they probably wont..