It’s been six days now since the curtain dropped on one of the most dramatic Premier League title races for years. I deliberately waited that long to write that post, to give time to Liverpool fans to get over their disappointment and in some cases their bitterness.
Manchester City was crowned as EPL Champions while Liverpool looked on from the wings dreaming of what might have been… What if Steven Gerrard hadn’t slipped against Chelsea? What if they had defended better while they were winning against Crystal Palace? Anyway, all this is gone now.
I won’t go into the details, we all know what happened on Sunday:
Manchester City beat visitors West Ham United 2-0, ensuring the league trophy returned to the Etihad Stadium for the second time in three seasons.
Skrtel messed up, scoring an own goal then Sturridge and Agger completed the comeback. Whichever team you support, you have to admit that it was a nice way to end what has been a superb season.
In the end, what happened is that Liverpool paid for their defeat against Chelsea and their draw against Crystal Palace. Many are saying that at this point of the competition, Liverpool had no right to let this happen, knowing what was at stake. But as I said in my last post, Liverpool has many reasons to be disappointed but nothing to be ashamed of. It’s been their best season for twenty-odd years, like it or not they played fantastic football, beaten only narrowly by just one very good team, and made a massive improvement on recent years. I can understand when some fans say: “At least we qualified for the C1.” Last year they were 7th in the EPL, they would never have dreamed of finishing second at the beginning of the season.
I think that Liverpool showed that they can be competitive with the big teams, so it will be a good experience for next season. However, there’ll be bigger pressure on them because the other teams will be ready for Liverpool.
I can’t end this chapter without talking about Manchester United. Come on, I’m a fan after all 😉
Manchester United failed to qualify for next season’s Europa League after drawing with Southampton 1-1 on Sunday on the final day of the Premier League. In my opinion, it is not a big loss. I think it’s better that Manchester United concentrates on welcoming its new manager, Louis Van Gaal (yes, it’s been announced, denied, re-announced… and now sources say it will be official in the days to come) and rebuilding the team!
Well, that’s it. It’s all over. It’s finished. The season is done. No more Premier League football for another three months. Good thing we’ve got the Champions League final, the FA Cup final, the play-offs and, of course, the World Cup to keep us going in the meantime.