As we now we’d have known, ManCity won its final day game against QPR and crowned the champions. Kudos though to ManUtd players and coaching team for the never say die attitude. Many would have forgotten they were thrashed wholly, fully and surely much earlier in the season at Old Trafford. Head were hung low all around, that there was no way to catch up with their noisy neighbors. ManUtd challenged City till the final game, when others like Arsenal, Chelsea were to meek to offer any kind of serious challenge.
It was a pulsating last game of the season though. City needing a win, if Utd win as well, led at 1-0. QPR equalized before having Barton sent off for fighting. A 10-man QPR then scored another putting the score at 1-2, and United the chance of being champion. If there was such thing as a “GPS pulse tracking system”, and it scanned the globe, it would have peaked at the City of Manchester.
Fate has it that City equalized in dying minutes and then Aguero (Maradona’s son-in-law) scored a winner at the last minute of the 5 min added time. Cruel blow to United but QPR survived the drop, as they should.
The surprise disappointment was Chelsea. With some added Spanish and Portugese flair, they somehow could not find their football as silky smooth as they’d like it to be. Disappointments week after week, internal conflicts amongst the new players and old guards proved to be their chosen script with AVB sacked and a non-CL spot in the league. Impressive though, Di Mateo guiding Chelsea to the UEFA Champions League Finals, which they will have to win, for the right to play in CL again next year.
My surprise team of the season would be Newcastle United. Losing Andy Carroll for a whopping 30million pound, they challenged for a top 3 spot right up till the final day. Alan Pardew shrewdness in bringing Cisse in proved to be an invaluable signing.
Another older Cisse was also influential for another team at the other end of the table. Djibril Cisse had scored during the final game at Etihad Stadium. Too bad Joey Barton received a red card for fighting, if he had stayed on the pitch, things would have been different. Tony Fernandez had done well to back the managers and players so far, but I do wonder how Barton’s action will turn out.
Swansea and Norwich will be a force to reckon with in future too. Good football at times, strong at home, not bad for a first season back on top flight football.
Arsenal as usual, mount a late rally at the end of the season. Looking back at the team sheet and the players it had lost, imagine if Nasir and Clichy was still at Emirates Stadium. Probably Arsenal would have performed much better and ManCity would not have been the champion. Interesting to note, the short term loan deal of Thierry Henry had an impact in their turn around. Long time Arsenal’s and Wenger’s favorite son, do wonder what would have happen if he stayed half a season. Could be a 3-horse race.
Spurs did well to reach 4th spot and will be hoping Chelsea come second at Champions League Final again. With Harry Redknapp confirmed not taking up England national team job, they should move on and upwards perhaps.
Mid table wise, Everton did well. Moyes as usual worked his magic with a low budget team and this time around even manage to do better than their “bigger” Merseyside neighbour, Liverpool.
The 3 teams that got relegated, Bolton, Rovers and Wolves have not prove they are worthy of top flight football for the past few seasons. The greatest miracle was seeing Muamba back alive. That means more than anything else.
A good time to reflect, life, friendship, family and compassion towards each other as human is more important than the hunt for sporting glory. Even if you are a champion, disrespecting others like John Terry would have hopefully learnt, has no space in sports.