Young Spanish keeper, David De Gea came in for some strong criticism from large sections of the English media for the manner in which he conceded the two goals against City. Rio Ferdinand was out jumped by Joleon Lescott on the first goal and failed to close down Edin Dzeko on the second, but somehow escaped any criticism. Did his nationality have anything to do with it?
Referee Phil Dowd had an indifferent game at Wembley on Sunday. The tackle by Micah Richards on Ashley Young deserved a straight red card, but Dowd gave the young English defender the benefit of the doubt. Dowd was trying to officiate in the spirit of the game and be charitable to the players. His charity may cost Swansea City who play City next Monday. Richards deserved his marching orders and in turn be suspended for that game.
The Bundesliga kicked off on Friday night when Borussia Dortmund hosted Hamburg. Borussia played some excellent football and their second goal by teenage sensation, Mario Gotze was top quality. The German Champions play an up tempo passing game with players allowed to express themselves. It has been over 10 years since a German team has won a European trophy and while that statistic is likely to remain Dortmund could be a good outside bet for the Champions League.
My top three non-EPL highlights of the 2010-11 season were: 1) Birmingham City's winner against Arsenal in the Carling Cup Final. Buster Keaton and the Keystone Kops could not have scripted it better. 2) The Celtic fans backing beleaguered manager Neil Lennon, in the 18th minute of a league game at Kilmarnock. We are all Neil Lennon! 3) Lionel Messi's scoring in the Champions League Final against Man United. Who said he cannot score on English soil when it mattered most?
Can 2011-12 be better? Let's hope so.