Monday, February 03, 2014

Barcelona Lost At Home, Stoke Beat Manchester United, Juventus Beat Inter, Ronaldo Sees Red In Real Draw, Touré In Schoolboy Gaff, Monday Night Football, U.S. Beat South Korea

Huh? Wah?
Happy Monday! There was some hot footie action over the weekend. Before we get to all of that, though, let's look at tonight's Monday Night Football Super Mega Clash featuring Manchester City and Chelsea. It's on NBCSN at 3pm EST. As expected, The Special One has initiated the mind games. Here's your lot:

Manchester City vs. Chelsea: Preview
Manchester City vs. Chelsea: Preview II

OK, enough of what might happen. What did happen? Kolo Touré had a howler that allowed West Brom to draw with Liverpool. Arsenal suddenly had an Ox in the Box as they beat Palace 2 - 0. Manchester United lost to two goals from Charlie Adam. Yes, you read that correctly. Charlie Adam. Tottenham could only manage a draw at Mrs. Doubtfire's Hull City. Southampton rolled over a feeble Fulham side that look to be going down. Here's your lot:

Stoke City 2 - 1 Manchester United: Jamie Jackson at the Britannia Stadium
Richard Jolly on West Brom vs. Liverpool: Three Things
Arsenal 2 - 0 Crystal Palace: Dominic Fifield at the Emirates Stadium
Hull City 1 - 1 Tottenham: Richard Gibson at the KC Stadium

Well, look at this! The PM has gotten involved in football in England. He wants his people to be able to watch the World Cup at their local. David Cameron tweeted: "I have ordered a rethink on pub opening times for England's World Cup games - will consult with pub trade, police and councils." Why anyone would want to watch England is a question for another day.

Here's question for today: Why did Arsene Wenger sign an injured player? David Hytner finds the whole thing rather bizarre.

In Spain,  Atlético Madrid are all by their lonesome at the top of the table after Barcelona lost at Camp Nou (gasp!) to Valencia and Real Madrid were held at Bilbao 1 - 1 as Ronaldo received a straight red card. Here's a weekend review and a table.

Who are you?
Over in Italy, the Derby d'Italia was a bit of a bust as Juventus had little trouble with a faltering Inter Milan side. Juve are now nine points clear at the top after Roma and Parma had to bail (oh!) on their match due to rain. Here's a weekend review and a table.

And in Germany, Bayern Munich continue to flatten and destroy all in their wake. They crushed Frankfurt 5 - 0 and now sit 13 points ahead of their closest rivals. They've gone 44 matches in the league without a defeat. Be afraid. Be very afraid...

The United States had a little friendly out in L.A. at the StubHub over the weekend. Wando scored two and they defeated South Korea. Here are Three Thoughts. And here's a report.

The transfer window is uhhhhhhhh...closed. Thank The Lord Jesus H. Allah Maradona. Phil McNulty has his Winners and Losers.

And finally, just who is Manuel Pellegrini? Jamie Jackson enlightens us.

Act like you know.



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