Hurt Hurricane Harry & More | Case of the Mondays
There might not have been any Cupsets in the FA Cup this weekend, but that doesn't mean there weren't teams and players that ended up in bad moods. Here are the four that are having the worst Case of the Mondays.
AC Milan looked like they were about to thwart rivals and Serie A leaders Juventus on Friday, until the 1-1 draw was snatched out of their hands by a controversial penalty decision in the dying seconds of the match. Juventus dominated possession, shots, and shots on target all game, but Milan had pegged them back to a hard-fought and well-deserved draw until what turned out to be the last kick of the game. And right before that, Sosa was sent off. It was the worst possible extra-time ending for what was a pretty great rivalry game up until the 90th minute.
It’s bad news for Harry Kane again, who limped off against Millwall with an ankle injury. Nobody is sure just yet what exactly the diagnosis is, but Pochettino fears it’s a similar injury to his last. Some worry he’ll just be out for next weekend; others are already hypothesizing that his entire season may be over. The scan results will likely come out later today, which will tell Spurs fans just how much they need to worry.Tottenham do have other attacking options without him; Son scored a hattrick against Millwall this weekend and Dele Alli has looked pretty threatening all season. But Kane was the February Premier League Player of the Month, and someone who has been as consistently lethal as him would be a loss for any team no matter how long he’ll be out for (as it was for them earlier in the season). We’ll see how tight their grip on second stays without him.
Who would have thought that unstoppable Barcelona would have followed up their record-breaking, unbelievable 6-1 Champions League victory over PSG with a 2-1 loss to Deportivo in La Liga this weekend? What happened to momentum — or better yet, to MSN?This los will hurt all that much more as it allowed Real Madrid, who won yet another game from a late Sergio Ramos header, to pass them in the table. Now they sit in second, two points back, with Sevilla only three points behind in third. And Real Madrid has a game in hand.It’s going to be a thrilling fight to the end for these two clubs, that’s for sure. This is only Barcelona’s third loss this season, but Real Madrid only has two; that missing 3 points, as well as their 6 draws to Madrid’s 5, might just be the difference makers.
Okay, it might be time for Minnesota fans to start getting worried.After an embarrassing 5-1 loss against Portland in MLS opening weekend, MNUFC somehow made it even worse for themselves by losing 6-1, at home, to expansion rivals Atlanta United. Sure, credit to Atlanta for having a very fluid and dangerous attack — as everyone had expected them to have before the season — but Minnesota looked just as bad as Atlanta looked good. Their defense looked completely unable to handle any oncoming attack, and maybe they’d be able to blame some of it on the slipping and sliding in the snow had they not looked exactly as stunned last week. It doesn’t look good for next week either, as they travel to Colorado to play against a keeper (Tim Howard) who did well to keep out much of the Red Bulls’ attacks last weekend. And that’s only if they figure out how to attack consistently in the first place. Good luck to them, and good luck to the fans who’ll keep sticking it out in any element to watch them get battered.