European League round up: Drama in La Liga, City on hold as Bayern rues Bundesliga again (Part 2)
|Real Madrid earned a late draw after an own goal drew them level at the Santiago Bernabeu on Sunday against Sevilla. (Photo credit: Sky Sports)|
In what was a dress rehearsal for the biggest cup final in Europe, the UEFA Champions League, Chelsea best Manchester City at the Etihad 2-1 on Saturday to put City’s title celebrations on hold again.
Manchester City will win the premier league but when is the big question; the crisis at Old Trafford after fans invaded the stadium to protest against the owners meant Liverpool couldn’t play United and after losing to The Blues on a day Sergio Aguero attempted a failed panenka, they have to wait again.
The real tussle in England is in the race for the top four, Chelsea are well placed behind Manchester United to nick the third position but Leicester will fear for their lives after the shock 4-2 loss at home to Newcastle sent them crashing to fourth with the trio of Everton, West Ham and Liverpool chasing them.
Fans of Tottenham will believe they have a fighting chance too but the loss to Leeds United on Saturday did more damage than they can imagine.
West Ham ruined their own scripts on Sunday when they lost at home to Everton, and with the Toffees having a game in hand, they can close the gap on Leicester if they beat Aston Villa and that means more pressure on Brendan Rodgers and the Foxes.
The memories of last season would very much fresh in the minds of the Foxes, they lost Champions League ticket on the final day of the season to Manchester United, they do have a more difficult run in this time as well, doom is looming, but it is still in their hands.
Arsenal relegated West Brom on Sunday with a fine 3-1 win over the Baggies, Sam Allardyce, the magician couldn’t lead them to paradise this time but it was always coming, the emphatic win over Chelsea couldn’t salvage their season, now they have to do it again next season from the championship.
For Arsenal, it’s too little too late, many fans would wonder how Mikel Arteta is still their manager but the board seems to back him and could walk the talk in the summer transfer window.
Elsewhere across the east, Bayern Munich are champions of the Bundesliga again after Borussia Dortmund beat Leipzig 3-2 on Saturday.
The result means BVB improved their chances of making it to the champions league.
For BVB, it’s important for them to finish strong in the league and make it to the champions league, they have a lot of superstars that will jump ship if they don’t qualify for the elite continental championship; the likes Erling Braut Haaland, Jadon Sancho and Marco Reus.
In Spain, it’s a fight to finish and against all recent expectations, it’s advantage Atletico Madrid after the quartet drew over the weekend.
Atletico and Barcelona played out a frustrating goalless draw and Sevilla held Real Madrid to a 2-2 draw, leaving Diego Simeone’s side with the advantage.