It has been a very untidy week with Real Madrid losing to Barcelona and then Jose Mourinho rightfully threw a tantrum in a wrong way that I can attribute to passion and lack of anger management combined. While he conceded defeat in the UEFA Champions League, Pep Guardiola would be naive that it is over as the 2 teams meet tonight in the second leg. I am actually backing Real to come out tops.
The protracted verbal war and psychological warfare has spilt to the boardrooms and now racial slurs are flying all over. One man called Lionel Messi is not human. Messi has been unfortunate to suffer and wilt in national colours, but for club, I think he has measured up to Zinedine Zidane. A few more seasons will see him better the greatest footballer ever. That becomes the difference when the 2 teams meet and Mourinho knows he has no answer to his close ball control and pace.
That is not what I want to right about. Both Spanish giants had dreadful weekend, Madrid losing 2-3 at home a 3rd match in 5 outings to Real Zaragoza and Barcelona being thumped by Real Sociedad 1-2. To say that there was a foot off the pedal by the 2 teams is further from the truth. They tried all they can and came unstuck.
The same misery was not spared the Barclays Premier League leaders, Manchester United who were outclassed 1-0 by faded Arsenal. Chelsea had done themselves a favour by beating Tottenham Hotspurs by a 2-1 scoreline. Like the Blues, Manchester City and Liverpool took matters to their hands with victories of their own to get closer to cementing a Champions League slot.
Elsewhere, popular Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs of South Africa lost key battles in their quest to claim the ABSA Premier League title that had eluded the Soweto giants for ages now. Pirates were beaten 0-1 by reigning champions, Supersport United at the Orlando Stadium. Mamelodi Sundowns gave themselves a glimmer of hope with a 2-0 victory over Chiefs with 2 matches left. Ajax Cape Town lead the pack by 3 points.
Borussia Dortmund pocketed the title with a 2-0 win over Nurnberg, Bayern Munich beat Schalke 04 by 4 goals against 1. Internationale beat Cesena 1-0 as did Juventus over Lazio. AC Milan were also 1-0 victors over Bologna. In the Major Soccer League, Dallas beat LA Galaxy by 2-1 and New England suffered a 3-0 defeat to Chivas while New York Red Bulls overcame Kansas City by a single goal..