The Premier League is blue, but Manchester is red | Case of the Mondays
Here's who's having the worst Case of the Mondays this morning.
Last week went from bad to worse for Manchester City. After a humbling 3-0 defeat to Liverpool in the first leg of the Champions League quarter finals, they had the chance to bounce back in a big way: a Manchester Derby face-off between them and 2nd-placed United, with the added stakes of a win finally clinching the title.And at first, it was all going according to plan. Kompany had them ahead in the 25th minute, and then Gundogan notched their second just five minutes later. They headed into the half with what would seem a comfortable lead for a team with only 21 goals allowed all season (at the time).Paul Pogba had other things in mind. Less than ten minutes into the second half he pegged one back, and then tied it up two minutes later. The final dagger came from Chris Smalling in the 69th minute, as United held on to their 3-2 lead to see out the final twenty minutes. Mourinho’s halftime talk must have really been something.City aren’t blowing a 13-point lead, but their confidence will surely be rocked heading another short week with two important games: a must-win (and must-score-at-least-four-goals-to-win) second leg against Liverpool followed by an away trip to Tottenham in the league. Godspeed.
LAFC is a lesson in not judging an expansion side, or any club really, based on just their first two games of their first season. If losing 4-3 to rivals LA Galaxy after blowing a 3-0 wasn’t enough last weekend, this weekend they traveled to Atlanta where they were handily beaten down 5-0. Even worse, it could have ended a respectable 3-0; it wasn’t until the 92nd minute, when LAFC’s Joao Moutinho gave up a penalty, which Atlanta scored — and then followed up with one more goal in the 97th, just for good measure. And the red means the team will also be without the starting defender when they travel to Vancouver next weekend.Just remember, LAFC: MLS is a marathon, not a two-game sprint.
The title isn’t the only thing up for grabs in Serie A this year, and on Sunday Inter Milan missed a crucial opportunity to slide into a Champions League spot with Roma having dropped points to Fiorentina the day before. Instead, they too lost, and still sit one point behind Roma in fifth.There are only 7 games left of the Serie A season, and one of those will be against possible winners Juventus and another against other top four contender Lazio. It’s less likely that rivals AC Milan will catch up to them and steal their 5th place spot — but if you’re just a point away from the Champions League, you don’t want to miss out.
EDINSON CAVANI & PSG
Leading up to this weekend, PSG had only not won four matches this season — two draws, two losses. And this weekend, 9th-place St. Etienne handed them their third draw.But PSG were lucky to come off with a draw at all; it was only an own goal from St. Etienne in the 92nd minute that rescued the point. Edinson Cavani had the chance to save the point on his own, except this happened...Of course, PSG wouldn’t have won the league this weekend anyway, as they needed Monaco to lose as well (which they did not). And with their 14-point lead over Monaco, it’s only a matter of time before PSG is lifting their 7th Ligue 1 trophy. But this seemed to have been the weekend for league winners to show their weaknesses...