On the weekend after Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain clinched their league titles, and with Bayern Munich already clinched the Bundesliga and Barcelona far ahead in Spain, it’s nice there is still one major title race yet to be decided. This race heated up on Wednesday, as Juventus drew 1-1 with Crotone, and Napoli came back from down 2-1 to beat Udinese 4-2, and close to within four points of Juventus at the top of Serie A. Napoli had looked out of it after a 0-0 draw with Milan this weekend, and losing the game today while Juventus was winning 1-0. But Juventus gave up an equalizing goal in their game, and then Napoli fought back to claim all three points on the day. With Napoli and Juve set to play, and Juventus with games still to come against Inter and Roma as well, the title race in Serie A is alive and well.
After their limp home loss to West Brom which clinched the Premier League title for their noisy neighbors, Manchester United picked up a midweek victory, defeating Bournemouth 2-0. Paul Pogba, he of much scrutiny given his play and feud with manager Jose Mourinho, had an impressive game, highlighted by his assist to Romelu Lukaku. After their dire display on the weekend, this victory was a nice confidence booster for United and Pogba, and could be a buoy ahead of United’s FA Cup tie with Tottenham, the one trophy both teams still have a chance of winning this year.
Kaká was one of the best players of his time, and that AC Milan team starting him, Andriy Shevchenko, Clarence Seedorf, Andrea Pirlo, and on and on was one of the teams to beat in the 2000’s. After several great years at Milan, Kaká made the move to Real Madrid. While he played well there in spurts, the Brazilian never quite reached the heights that he had while at AC Milan. He opened up about that in an interview with UOL Esporte. “In 2009 I accepted the proposal of Real Madrid, but I was completely destroyed there because I could not give what I had given at Milan, I was completely lost.” These are very candid words by Kaká, and he gets into his relationship with Jose Mourinho, and his time at Real Madrid overall. Something tells me at this moment Paul Pogba can relate.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic certainly seems to be enjoying his time in LA so far. He joined the LA based talk show host “Jimmy Kimmel Live” on Tuesday night, and had an entertaining conversation with Kimmel, as all Zlatan’s conversations are. Among other notable things Zlatan said, he essentially confirmed he would be returning to play for Sweden in the World Cup. “A World Cup without me wouldn’t be a World Cup.” Not sure if Sweden’s coach is aware of that, but I’m sure he will be told soon enough!
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