Premier Leauge Title Decided and Other Football Thoughts

22 April 2009

The story out of the Premier League this midweek is a simple one; forget any thoughts on the title race being back on. As I've said from the start, this title race is over. Thanks to another game that is no where near close to being a classic, Liverpool saw Andrey Arshavin break out, scoring four times and needed injury time to pull level. I just don't get why people see this as a classic; the sheer number of goals does not a classic make.

That result had to have Sir Alex Ferguson all giddy as Wayne Rooney's early first half goal and Michael Carrick's second half goal easily finished off Portsmouth. Chelsea on the other hand was forced to concede the title race after huffing and puffing but not scoring against Everton. By 10 pm BST, Manchester United had regained a three point lead. United also still has a game in hand.

Yes, Manchester United has been on a wobble of late. However FA Cup semi-final aside, United has always found a way to stay at the top. The pairing of Vidic and Ferdinand are back in sync. Ronaldo and Rooney have refound the drive that looked to be missing. Carlos Tevez looks completely committed to the United cause. But more importantly, it may have helped Manchester United to be knocked out of the FA Cup to regain some sense of focus as the season comes to a close.

For Liverpool and Chelsea, there is always next season. However, I'm ready to start considering Arsenal for legit title contenders next season. I'll explain why during the summer.

Other Midweek Thoughts
* Congrats are in order to Bayer Leverkusen and Werder Bremen for making it to the DFB-Pokal final. Bayer Leverkusen needed extra time to finish off FSV Mainz 05 4-1. Mainz played their hearts out for being a second division side, but once Bayer scored to start the first period of extra time it was curtains.

Werder Bremen and Hamburg was decided from the spot in an intense affair. Hamburg had to finish off extra time down a man as David Jorolim was sent off for denying a goal scoring opportunity. The man of the match however goes to Bremen's goal keeper Tim Wiese, who saved three spot kicks in a row.

Let us not forget that this was the first of four meetings between these two sides over the next nineteen days. Bermen and Hamburg play next Thursday in the UEFA Cup Semi-Final, then they face each other in the Bundesliga on Sunday before the return Semi-Final leg the following Thursday. That's just insane.

* Toronto FC adjusted their lineup and got their first home win of the season defeating Chivas USA 1-0 at BMO Field. I couldn't believe the lack of fight Chivas USA showed throughout the ninety minutes. Zach Thornton did his best to keep Chivas in this tie, but thanks to two consecutive failures late in the first half, Amado Guevara had an easy finish to put this game to bed. In reality, Toronto should have named their own score.

* For those wondering about DC United's 2-0 US Open Cup victory over FC Dallas, here are Steven Goff's post match thoughts.

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