The Reds sing the blues | Case of the Mondays
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One of the most intense rivalries in English football: Liverpool vs. Manchester United. After the first round ended 0-0 at Anfield, Manchester United took the second 2-1 at home.Not the best outing from the now-4th-placed side — after Tottenham’s 4-1 win vs Bournemouth put them one point ahead of the Reds — whose only “goal” came from a Manchester United own goal. Their famous front three was stunted, and they couldn’t find an answer to Marcus Rashford’s double in his first Premier League start of the year.Liverpool still have to play Crystal Palace, who have traditionally given them issues when important points are at stake, as well as Chelsea — both away. But Tottenham have to play Chelsea away and Manchester City at home, and Manchester United have to host City as well. Chelsea, still four points out of fourth, also have a mathematical shot of climbing their way up.Expect the Top 4 to continue shuffling around quite a bit in the final weeks of the season.
Napoli followed up last week’s loss to Roma, which allowed Juventus to creep up to within 2 points, with a 0-0 draw to 5th-place Inter Milan — and now, they sit in second. Juventus jumped into first, one point ahead, with their home win over Udinese. There are only nine or ten matches left in the season, so every point at this stage counts.Juventus also have extra matches to play — having advanced in the Champions League after their Round of 16 clash with Tottenham, and with the Coppa Italia final vs Milan coming up — whereas Napoli so can focus all of their energy on the league, having been knocked out of both the Cup and Europa League. But Juventus also currently have a game in hand.With Manchester City, Barcelona and Bayern all running away with their respective leagues, at least one big European league is leaving a little drama for the end…
WEST HAM (FANS & DIRECTORS)
West Ham, who are just barely out of the relegation zone, took another hammering this weekend — this time, a 3-0 loss at home to Burnley. But, somehow, that wasn’t even the worst of it.The disgruntled fans, frustrated with the club’s lack of progress and being “sold a lie” by owners David Gold and David Sullivan, spent the match expressing their grievances. Said expressions took the form of banners, fans shouting up to the director’s box, as well as many pitch invasions. The way the West Ham season has been going, this weekend will certainly not the last time we see both West Ham lose and the fans heavily protesting because of it.
REAL SALT LAKE
Real Salt Lake’s home opener this weekend didn’t quite go as planned: they lose 5-1 to expansion side LAFC. LA responded to their 20th-minute opener with two goals before the half, and then finished them off with three more after the break.For a team that didn’t have a full roster until pretty close to the season’s start, LAFC have started the season quite strong; they’ve bagged two away wins and only one conceded goal. But they’ll soon learn that how strong you start in MLS doesn’t matter; it’s all about how strong you finish...