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Monthly Archives: May 2015

Chelsea are Premier League champions but who’ll be kings of Europe?

Mourinho’s Chelsea Blues do it again

In what had become a pretty much one-sided Premier League title race, this weekend saw the highly inevitable crowning of new Premier League Champions Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, 3rd May in a tight tussle with fellow Londoner’s Crystal Palace to get those all important three points required. It wasn’t a vintage performance by any stretch, something many football fans have come to expect from Mourinho’s efficient and well drilled Blues side but the end result was as predictable as ever.

One shaky penalty conversion from Eden Harzard sealed the deal and with their usual brand of stubborn, effective match-winning mentality, club captain John Terry and his fellow Chelsea team-mates celebrated their first title win in five years with the home fans and by a convincing margin. Later in the day, Manchester City’s slender 1-0 win over Tottenham at White Hart Lane, could never be enough to stop them relinquishing their title, simply due to the fact that Chelsea were streets ahead all season long and led from the front right from the off. In comparison to previous years, this season’s title race was well and truly over weeks ago and it was frankly, a dull, one-sided affair.

Now, not more than a couple of days later, the papers are already talking about how the Portuguese tactician Mourinho will shuffle his pack, and decide which players will stay, which players will go and which new acquisitions will arrive this summer in a shake up to assemble an even more ruthless squad that will undoubtedly do their level best to retain their Premier League title next year.

One name firmly on the lips of many is that of Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale who’s love affair with the Bernabeu faithful is coming to an abrupt and apparently ugly end. Incredibly, the Champions league final winner was scored by the Welsh wizard yet the infamously fickle and petulant Real fans have decided to turn on their world record prized possession and unjustifiably, blame him for a number of poor results in this year’s La Liga season.

Real on balance, are still in this season’s premier European club football competition, not to mention still chasing a La Liga title and with an upcoming Champions League semi-final match tonight against newly crowned Italian Serie A champs Juventus, they have every chance of going to the final to defend their crown – even possibly against arch rivals Barca who tomorrow, host German giants Bayern Munich in the other semi.

But strangle, the Real fans in their infinite wisdom, seem to believe this is a poor return. Some football fans are never satisfied!

Pep returns to his spiritual home in the Champions League

Anyone who loves football would be crazy not to tune into Sky Sports 1 HD tomorrow, for what could be a feast of footballing brilliance.

Pep Guardiola takes his Munich side back to his long-time spiritual home in Spain to the Camp Nou, home of Barcelona football club where he spent the majority of his career as a player and more recently as a highly successful coach.

The former Barca bosses Bayern team were knocked out at the semi-final stage against Real Madrid this time last year, having won the competition in 2009 and 2011 with the Catalan club. He is naturally hoping to go one better this time around, and many pundits believe the weaknesses of his former side in the run-up to the first leg at the Nou Camp may make the Germans favourites to win this tie.

With his history and inside knowledge of the workings at Barca, who knows what may happen tomorrow night? All we can say is, tune in and enjoy a feast of football from the likes of Messi, Suarez, Neymar and Iniesta. It could be an incredible game.

F1 resumes in Europe this weekend

Formula One returns to its spiritual European home this weekend, with the opening race of this part of the season taking place in Spain, at the Circuit de Catalunya.

With the silver arrows of Mercedes mostly dominating, this race is poised to be the first time any major upgrade packages are brought to the 2015 cars due to the proximity to the teams’ bases. So with Ferrari hot on Hamilton and Rosberg’s heals, will we actually see the F1 season finally come to life?

With expert pundits such as David Coulthard now claiming that World Champion Lewis Hamilton has “a different aura’, it could be a great season for the British racing driver if his car remains as dominant as it has for the first four races of the season. Surely teammate Nico Rosberg and Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel will have something to say about that?

We’ll have to see. Catch all the race action, plus all the practice and qualifying sessions live on Sky Sports F1.

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