CHAMPIONS!!!!!!

Posted: May 11, 2008 in Barclays Premier League, Soccer

A happy day for me, the players, and the other fans of Manchester United as they repeat their success from last season and win the Premier League title. All they needed was a win at the JJB against Wigan in front of their 20,000 faithful traveling fans, or a loss from Chelsea against Bolton. They got the win easily 2-0 on Cristiano Ronaldo’s penalty kick and Ryan Giggs 80th minute clincher. Obviously it would not have mattered if they did not win because Chelsea were unable to finish off Bolton Wanderers at the death. Matthew Taylor’s stoppage time equalizer at Stamford Bridge sealed off Chelsea’s title hopes. Adding injury to insult (yeah I know it’s the other way around), John Terry and Didier Drogba both were injured in the process. Terry looks like he dislocated his elbow, while Drogba hurt his knee at the end of the match.

The injuries are huge because Chelsea still have to face the Red Devils in Moscow for the UEFA Champions League final.

It was a wonderful season for United after a dreadful start. Opening game they lost Wayne Rooney to injury and were held to a 0-0 draw against Reading, drew 1-1 midweek at Portsmouth, and lost the Manchester Derby at City. They won all of their games up until their match against Chelsea by a 1-0 line. Their offense was rather mediocre. It was after the Chelsea game did they start scoring at will against the likes of Boro and Newcastle.

Man Utd were also aided late in the season by the collapse of Arsenal, who lost Eduardo to a horrific injury, and lost to both Chelsea and Manchester United (and they were up 1-0 in both before losing 2-1).

After the Arsenal win they were in the driver’s seat for another title, but Chelsea was creeping closer, and United dropped point to Blackburn. The Blues and Red Devils were deadlocked at points after Michael Ballack’s winning penalty at Stamford Bridge, and, after both sides cruised over their opponents, led to this dramatic finale.

Chelsea were not exactly impressive either, and the week in which they were to face United at Old Trafford, Jose Mourinho resigned, in the wake of a 1-1 draw with Goteborg. Avram Grant’s side were dominated and fell 2-0.

Chelsea would continue to string wins together but hit a wall when Arsenal beat them 1-0 at the Emirates on a William Gallas goal. In 3rd place and seemingly out of the title race heading into 2008. The Arsenal loss would be their last of the Premier League season.

Kudos to the Blues for a great comeback, but going trophyless could mean curtains for Grant, who has turned the ship around.

Now to the relegation side!

Fulham 1 Pompey 0 – Essentially a must win for Fulham considering Reading faced Derby. Just 15 minutes to go for the Americans, and of all people Danny Murphy scores on a header and they have pulled off a truly great escape.

Reading 4 Derby 0 – Same old, same old for Derby. Can’t score while giving up 4. The Rams finish the season with 1 win, 8 draws, and 29 losses. Reading luckily found their goal scoring touch, but losing to Fulham and then Tottenham were just killers. Last season, they were 1 point away from the UEFA Cup. This season, Steve Coppell’s job is on the line and they are relegated.

Birmingham 4 Blackburn 1- Birmingham needed a miracle to maintain top flight status. They were able to slot 4 past Brad Friedel and part one was complete. Sadly, Reading and Fulham didn’t co-operate and they are the other team to join Derby in the Championship.

Semi-important games!

Everton 3 Newcastle 1 – The result for Everton was great for the home fans, as they secured UEFA Cup status and an impressive 5th place finish. Even if they lost, Aston Villa somehow drew 2-2 with West Ham, so their spot was safe.

Aston Villa 2 West Ham 2 – As mentioned, Villa couldn’t win at Upton Park and finish 6th.

Sven’s finale?

Middlesbrough 8 Manchester City 1- The same team that swept the Manchester Derby have now lost 6-0 to Chelsea, and now 8-1 to Boro. The last team in the whole world you would expect to go on an offensive assault is Gareth Southgate’s side. Alphonso Alves had a hat trick as City put up probably the worst performance in the Premier League in years.

Liverpool beat Tottenham 2-0 , Arsenal beat Sunderland 1-0, and the Premier League season, one of the most dramatic in years, is complete.

There will be much more to come on this season, hail Manchester United, champions of the Premier League!

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