PLUS: Gattuso’s Milan revival, the race to the promise land and are Liverpool the second best in the country?
Manchester City secure the season’s first trophy
The Premier League leaders got their hands on the first piece of silverware this season has to offer as they dispatched Arsenal 3–0 at Wembley. There was little surprise of the outcome, with Pep Guardiola’s side arguably Europe’s best side this season, but the Spaniard will no doubt be ecstatic to secure the first trophy of his Manchester City regime.
Arsene Wenger will be disappointed with his side’s performance
Perhaps not as disappointed as Gary Neville, though. Arsenal were ‘spineless, disgraceful and pathetic’ according to the Sky Sports pundit. It’s hard to disagree with him.
It was a passionate rant from the former Manchester United player, who will have epitomised the feeling among Arsenal fans, who will be thinking it’s the same old story at the club.
AC Milan continue their revival under Gennaro Gattuso
When Gennaro Gattuso was handed the reigns at AC Milan following the sacking of Vincenzo Montella, there was a general feeling that we’ve been here before. Filippo Inzaghi, Clarence Seedorf and Leonardo are among the former-Rossoneri players to manage the club in the last ten years.
So to say that Milan’s revival under Gattuso has been remarkable is not an understatement. Their unbeaten run under their former midfielder was extended to 12 games over the weekend as they secured a crucial 2–0 win away at AS Roma.
Are Wolves still a sure thing for automatic promotion to the Premier League?
Five or six weeks ago if you’d asked most Championship football fans who would gain automatic promotion to the Premier League, I’d bet that almost 100% would include Wolves in their top two, such was the dominance Wolves had over the rest of the division.
In recent weeks, though, Nuno Espirito Santo’s men have seen their gap at the top cut to just six points as Cardiff City have caught up with them. Neil Warnock’s men look unstoppable at the moment, while Aston Villa continue to improve in third spot. With Wolves set to travel to Cardiff in April, it could be a crunch match at the top of the league.
Liverpool and the claim to be England’s second best team
When Liverpool lost 5–0 to Manchester City and 4–1 to Spurs in September and October, it put huge pressure on Jurgen Klopp. The top four looked a tough challenge, with increased competition from their challengers.
Fast forward to the new year and things could barely be better for Klopp’s Liverpool. A 5–0 Champions League win against Porto was followed up this weekend by a 4–1 defeat of West Ham United. Klopp’s men have now registered 102 goals so far this season and have really made their claim for the title of England’s second best team.