UEFA Champions League-dawn of a new era in the new normal

UEFA Champions League – dawn of a new era in the new normal

It seems like an eternity since the world gawked at Alvaro Morata as he kneeled down with hands folded in front of a traveling band of jubilant Atletico Madrid faithfuls. The Spaniard had just driven the definitive nail in defending European champion and to-be English champion Liverpool’s coffin, sending them packing from the Champions League.

Super sunday

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The final matchday of the drawn-out 2019/20 campaign is here; an incredible ten games will be played out simultaneously. It will be nerve-racking for the fans, especially for teams that are competing for places, as they'll have to keep a close eye on their rival’s games. There's nothing as exciting in-store like the possibility for a team to clinch the title in the dying seconds of the injury time like in 2011/12. But, there is a lot on stake for these twenty teams on the final day.

Liverpool are Champions and Jordan Henderson lifted the trophy at Anfield on Wednesday. What a year it has been for him! Lifting the Champions League, Club World Cup and now the Premier League trophy, add his personal achievement of winning the FWA’s Footballer of the Year award. Naturally, the FWA’s decision (vote based) drew some flak, there was outrage on twitter on this unjust?! How could Kevin de Bruyne with 11 goals and 19 assists not win the award? I happen to think KDB is the best player in Premier League and I also understand the logic behind the outpour of criticism. However, I believe, Henderson is the worthy winner of the award, it is not easy leading a team that is incredibly consistent and successful. Just listen to Adam Lallana, a departing Liverpool player talk about his captain. It’s not always about numbers, is it?


Marcelo Bielsa: El Loco (The Madman) at Leeds United

The domestic season is drawing to a close in the remaining major European leagues. Real Madrid have gone on to win the La Liga. In Italy, Cristiano Ronaldo has produced an unbelievable upsurge in his goal-scoring form in a bid to win the Golden Boot in Serie A, with Juve closing in on their 9th straight title. In England, the final Match-day of the Premier League will be played out this Sunday, incredibly the 10 games will go on simultaneously with teams playing for their own agenda of survival, European qualification or for a strong finish to the season.

However, the big news this week was from elsewhere. Down the league in Championship, the second tier of English domestic league, a quite revolution was going on; Leeds United and Marcelo Bielsa ended the season as Champions and will play in the Premier League after a long arduous gap of 16 years.


The Champions of England – Liverpool FC

“Liverpool - the Champions of England…” cried the commentator as Chelsea effectively ended all mathematical possibilities of Manchester City’s feeble attempts to prolong the inevitable. The 2019-20 Premier League season will go down in history as one of football’s fightback stories against a pandemic that threatened to shutdown world football. The Premier League returned after a break of almost 100 days with Project Restart and is now well on its way to conclusion.

When the uncertainty was rife, Liverpool fans & the team would have undoubtedly been worried that their 30 year wait to the Championship was being prolonged and was even at the risk of getting chalked off, which would have been unfair to say the least. Liverpool fans can breathe easy now, the Championship trophy is theirs with even the Premier League CEO, Richard Masters confirming the same even if there’s a shutdown again.


Race to the top 5 ?

The Premier League is drawing towards its conclusion, end of Gameweek 34, Liverpool are the Champions and Norwich City is the first confirmed team to have been relegated. With 4 more games left per team, the PL remains as exciting as ever. This Norwich side definitely deserves a word of praise, it was a tough battle for them to sustain the level of energy they started with, with very little investment to go on and a striker who never rediscovered his early season form, they struggled to win games and hold-on to leads. They played attacking, exciting football with a young team and will hopefully look to mount a challenge in the Championship next season. I hope they stick with Daniel Farke like Burnley did with Sean Dyche when they went down the league. They have some exciting young players and it will be challenging to keep hold of these players, however, I wish them well.

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