Credit to MLS for their suspending Colorado’s, Brian Mullan for 10 games for his potentially career ending tackle on Seattle’s, Steve Zakuani. Let’s hope the suspension sends a message to other associations to administer similar suspensions for tackles that warrant more than a red card and an automatic three game suspension.
Mourinho has tried to convince anyone who will listen that he and Real Madrid are the victims of some vast UEFA conspiracy to ensure Barcelona’s domination of the Champions League and Spanish football. The Portuguese coach has a short memory. Was it not his Internazionale team that benefited from an incorrectly disallowed Barcelona goal in last year’s semi final? If UEFA and the match officials were out to get Madrid then Ricardo Carvalho, Emmanuel Adebayor and Lassana Diarra would all have received their matching orders in Tuesday’s game. Also, Mourinho, a real student of the game should be reminded that Real has benefited immensely form the position of power it has held in Franco’s Spain and with various royal families throughout its history.
Manchester City seems destined for the Champions League while Liverpool may be the favorite to finish fifth and qualify for the Europa Cup. Spurs can still finish above Liverpool and should do all they can to secure European football next season and keep the Merseysiders out. However, the real winner might be the team that ultimately finishes sixth. It will not suffer the distraction of playing Thursday night Europa games next season and can concentrate fully on its Premier League games. Spurs or Liverpool might just find themselves competing for the league title should they not have the distraction of the Europe Cup to worry about.
A draw, or a Chelsea win at Old Trafford would have opened the door for Arsenal in the title race had they won at Stoke City earlier in the day. How then to explain a performance that lacked urgency, commitment, desire, and dare I say it pride. In short, it was a gutless display by the Gunners as they meekly lost 3-1 at the Britannia Stadium. For once, the taunts by the Stoke fans of “are you Tottenham in disguise” was an apt one.