The world's best division (TM me, all rights reserved) certainly did not disappoint this season,
offering all kinds of twists and turns, finally resulting in a triumphant return to the Premier
League promised land for Reading, Southampton, and West Ham.
Well there was a modicum of pride restored yesterday at Old Trafford, not enough to stop them
lifting the Premier League trophy (sorry, 'smasher), but it was a much better performance than in
United certainly played within themselves, knowing they only had to draw, but we worked hard and
kept possession well without ever causing them too many problems at the back.
Blackpool 2-3 Manchester United:Â Analysis and Observations
If there's a better game to sum up Manchester United's season, tell me now. A game of literally
two differing halves, the first perhaps giving an indication of United's troubles on the road,
starting unconvincingly and the second, well, United's tendency to cranck it up a notch whenever
required, coming back from what seemed a perilousÂ position and play like worthy champions.
The Chelsea Daily Drivel is a daily update of all the stories concerning our club, the rumours, the
opinions and more....
So here are the Chelsea news updates on Tuesday 21st September 2010 including: Match report
from Sunday, Hilario is injured and out for three weeks, Holloway believes Chelsea
treated Blackpool as if they were Manchester United, Mikel believes in Chelsea's physical
power, Ancelotti states that Zidane helped him as a coach to lead Chelsea to a flying
start in the Premier League, Roman decides on more cut backs at the club as the players are
told by Buck before the Blackpool game and the Peter Osgood statue at the Bridge
Congratulations to Chelsea Football Club for winning the 2009-10 English Premier League
The eventual margin over runner-up Manchester United was only a point, but the gap proved to be
greater when you look in between the numbers. Matt Hughes of the Times writes of how Chelsea won
Chelsea were crowned Premier League champions in record fashion by smashing 8 past a very poor
Wigan side at The Bridge. It was the fourth time the Blues had scored 7 or more, and in the process
scoring a staggering 103 league in the process, worthy champions? I think so.
Carlo Ancelotti sent a warning to the rest of Premier League by saying his work in England has
only just begun.
As with so many of his compatriots, Rafa Benitez likes nothing more than unwinding over a game of
'mus', a traditional Spanish card game devised in the Basque country, which pits teams of two in a
battle of tactics, concentration and collaboration. To the uninformed, mus sounds similar to the
sedate, cerebral game of 'bridge'.
On this week's good, the bad and the ugly we feature lots of winners, some losers and Joey Barton!
Click on the links below to find out more about the stories we feature. Good Manchester United are
the winners of the Champions League for the third time in their history after beating Chelsea on
So, at last it's all over. Spain are worthy champions, the Netherlands are lucky to have finished
the game with the amount of players they had left. In truth it was a shocking game, not one worthy
of representing the end to the world's premier sporting event. Spain, for all their infuriating
passing game (think [.
So the World Cup is over and it's congratulations to Cesc and commiserations to Robin. Spain won
1-0, as they did their previous three games in the tournament - "one nil to the Es-pan-ya" -
and have added the world crown to the European one they won two years ago.
I suppose you have to say they were worthy champions.
The title race has turned into a title procession. Just a couple of weeks ago,
we could gloat over the most fascinating Bundesliga title race in recent years. Now we have to
conclude that Borussia Dortmund are simply far too consistent and everybody else, well, is not.
Dortmund went seven points clear at the top, with a confident win over Mainz, that only briefly
like two minutes looked to be in doubt.
In terms of excitement and drama, the USL couldn't have asked for much more from a championship
game as red cards, late equalizers and a penalty kick shootout highlighted Orlando City's victory
over the Harrisburg City Islanders to take the USL Pro title in front of their home fans.
After a relatively quiet first half, the game was sparked into life with the ejection of Orlando
City's starting goalkeeper, Miguel Gallardo.
Team captain Claudio Bravo of Real Sociedad is the side's starting keeper and I would say he is
about average for the tournament's starters in between the posts.Â Bravo's side did have a great
deal of WCQ success, but they were not spectacular defensively allowing 22 goals which was only
sixth best in the ten team South American group.
SO, there it is. The Scottish Cup final notwithstanding, the curtain comes down on season 2009/10,
the 113th since that sunny day in August 1890, when Rangers defeated Heart of
Funny how history has a habit of (nearly) repeating itself. While this season Rangers
kicked off against Falkirk and not Hearts, the end result was pretty much the same â€“ Rangers
champions (albeit joint champions with Dumbarton), Celtic several points behind them, St Mirren
somewhere near the bottom.
Congratulations Barcelona, worthy champions of Europe for 2009.
An early goal can certainly set the tone of a game, and this morning's game provided a textbook
example. United had come out of the blocks quickly, Victor Valdes had already fumbled a sighter
from Cristiano Ronaldo into the path of Park Ji-Sung (how crucial Carles Puyol's challenge was, in
the grand scheme of things), and Ronaldo had flashed a shot just wide after a well-executed move.
My future is here. Slightly forced by Javier Mascherano, but still nice to hear.
It may not be easy to admit it at this end of the M62 but if a team is put under the kind of
incredible pressure that United have been on the receiving end of for the past two months and still
haven't crumbled then they would have to be seen as worthy champions should their current form
continue and allow them to edge across the finishing line first.
A huge congratulations today to Louis van Gaal's AZ Alkmaar side who yesterday became the Dutch
Eredivisie champions. They suffered a surprising 2-1 defeat to Vitesse on Saturday, but Ajaz's
failure to ebat PSV yesterday (they were hammered 6-2) handed AZ only their second ever league
They are actually the only team outside the Netherlands' "big three" (PSV, Ajax, Feyenoord) to win
the top flight title since 1964 (AZ themselves won it in 1981) although they have been there or
thereabouts for three out of the last four seasons.