Man City‘s season certainly looks over. After the sky blues’ weekend defeat to Arsenal, their hopes of shutting the red half of Manchester up don’t look good – even though Roberto Mancini, in all fairness to him, still refuses to give up. But it would take an enormously spectacular slip-up from Man United to throw it all away now. Those who have a keen eye on the English league will be focussed on who may get a Champions League spot (Newcastle United or Tottenham will be battling this out with Arsenal for that 3rd spot). But in other leagues, things are slightly more tense for the top prize.
In Italy’s Serie A, title holders AC Milan are just holding onto first place ahead of rivals Juventus with just two points in the difference. But Juve have a game in hand. That game in hand is against Lazio – who themselves will be fighting to remain in their current 3rd place. There’s six league games left in Italy. Will Milan be crowned champions once more? Or will Juve add yet another Serie A title to their trophy cabinet? Or will it be someone else? It’s certainly going to go the distance anyway.
A month or so ago, you wouldn’t have been crazy to back Real Madrid to become La Liga champions in Spain. Eleven points clear at one stage, José Mourinho’s men had to simply not slip up. Three draws in Madrid’s last five games alone witnessed rivals Barcelona sneak up behind them rapidly. As of right now there is one point in it – yet Madrid have a game in hand. In ten days time, both teams face each other in the Camp Nou. That night could decide the title. A draw will mount the tension even more. The dual between Pep Guardiola and The Special One is at it’s tightest.
Finally, football fans should keep one eye on Holland’s Eredivisie. There is only four points between the top six teams. Imagine if that happened in the Premier League? Ajax, PSV Eindhoven, Feyenoord, AZ, FC Twente and Heerenveen are all in it. With six games left, I for one will be watching how this one plays out. In Dutch football, anything can happen sometimes. Literally anything…