We entered the final weekend with the title, Champions League qualification and relegation spots on the line. As it turned out, it wasn’t quite the roller coaster everyone wanted, but there was enough gathering around the radios to create a real sense of occasion. No result was going to decide anything on its own and the integrity shown by teams that supposedly had nothing to play for demonstrated once again why we are blessed with the best league on the planet. . That said, there are also lessons to be learned if we are to continue claiming to have the league everyone wants to be in. Matthew Dunn of Express Sport dissects them.
GUARDIOLA IN GAME +2
Maybe if Liverpool could have added a little more danger with their home performance against Wolves, it would have been a bit different. But what they allowed Pep Guardiola to do in the last games of the season was to show that – for example, against West Ham and Aston Villa – they could win the title by giving each of their opponents a lead by two goals.
Despite all the talk about the quadruple, let’s not lose sight of one thing. Four out of five is a half decent review on TripAdvisor. But for a manager counting his recent title successes, it’s overwhelming dominance.
It is probably beyond the powers of the Premier League to insist that Manchester City allow two goals from each of their opponents next season. Instead, he’s counting on Liverpool to continue the hunt, Chelsea to thrive in the post-Roman Abramovich era and Arsenal to finally pull themselves together to make the Premier League as competitive as it needs to be.
FAN INCIDENTS MUST STOP
Fair play to Manchester City after their long season to once again come forward and prove themselves, on a very tight record, the best team in England once again. Why does that give any of his fans the right to embarrass themselves by running down the pitch and destroying the goals?
Embedded in all of these scenes of elation are the real idiots unable to tell real life from some kind of video game simulation where it’s normal to physically attack “bad guys” wearing the opposite color shirt. The abuses of Patrick Vieira and Robin Olsen are examples.
Football has fought a 50-year battle to emerge from this kind of mess and become a family spectacle with some of the best facilities in the world. The No.1 goal for 2022-23 must be to eradicate this malevolent new presence that thinks it’s okay to bring football down by mistaking stupidity for loyalty.