Old Futbol Buffet–Gunners Go Down, Spurs Sputter, United March On

Saturday

I missed the Manchester United match against Bolton due to my son’s floor hockey game, and wasn’t able to catch the replay. Scholes’ continued his signing of the year campaign with a goal and United ran out 3-0 winners. Spurs, who caught United on Wednesday after their win against Everton, were not able to keep pace as Wolves held them to a draw at White Hart Lane. After watching Sevilla against Espanyol, I switched over for the second half with Spurs down 1-0. The hosts pressured their guests and finally got the equalizer through a well struck shot by Modric. Spurs were very fluid but lacked a cutting edge in front of goal. The winner never came and the London team dropped two huge points ahead of their monumental clash against City next Sunday.

Sunday

My friend and I switched over for the last 15’ of the Arsenal game when we saw that it was 3-2 to Swansea. The Gunners could not find an equalizer and lost vital points in the race for Champions League qualification.

This might have been the weekend when the race for the Scudetto well and truly kicked off. Juventus were pegged back at home by Caligari, so the Milan Derby kicked off with AC Milan knowing that a victory would take them three points clear of Juve and deal a crucial blow to Inter. However, Ranieri’s men left the San Siro with a 1-0 win which keeps their hopes alive for domestic honors. With Udinese losing as well and Lazio rebounding from last week’s hammering, the top of the table is getting tight.

Juventus 38
AC Milan 37
Udinese 35
Lazio 33
Inter 32

Despite being unbeaten in the league and at the top of the table, things are not necessarily rosy for the Old Lady.  Aaron points to fatigue, form and a lack of rotation as Juventus were pegged back at home again againstCagliari.  Hopefully the Winter slide will be avoided as Juve try to win back the Scudetto.

Inter have worked themselves back in the title chase, thanks to Ranieri and Milito, as they beat city rivals AC Milan 1-0.  Paolo Bandini looked at the Nerazzuri’s resurgence, which is looking a lot like Roma’s amazing run two years ago.  In the rest of the league, top teams are struggling and Fiorentina are in trouble on and off the pitch.

Podcasts

Men in Blazers went over the old man tour (Henry and Scholes) while discussing the FA Cup and other results. Plus they had Macca on to discuss hair product, Darkie and the Euro 96 video.

Grant Wahl & Alexi Lalas had interesting comments regarding Messi’s legacy; Americans in Europe and MLS short term loans on the latest SI Soccer Roundtable.

Gabriele Marcotti was on the Off the Ball last Tuesday and started talking about Roberto Mancini the player and stated that he was the best player of his generation, a generation that included Baggio and Zola. Wow. Coming strong.

The guys at the Manchester United Redcast looked back at the victory over Bolton, the return of Paul Scholes, and the enigma of Anderson.  The panel also touched on Morrison’s situation before reminiscing about games against Arsenal, particularly in the FA Cup.

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