The European football weekend threw up plenty of twists, turns, surprises and not so surprising results. The weekend proved painful for Sunderland supporters, who saw their team finally relegated. Meanwhile in Bavaria, Bayern Munich celebrated another Bundesliga title.
For others like Monaco, it was a weekend in which the team took one step closer to the Ligue 1 title. However, in Rome, it was a completely different story for Roma; who kissed the Scudetto goodbye.
Bayern Munich Remain Unstoppable
Bayern Munich may have come up short in Europe, but the big red machine won their fifth consecutive Bundesliga title. The team did it in tremendous fashion, trouncing hapless Wolfsburg 6-0 away at the Volkswagen Arena.
While Bayern Munich’s run of five straight league titles is awesome, Carlo Ancelotti has now won four different league titles with four different clubs. AC Milan, Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich have all been led by the Italian to their respective league titles.
Real Madrid were the only club he failed to lead to a league title in recent years, but he did win the Champions League with Los Blancos.
Sunderland Relegated, Tottenham Win Derby
After six straight years of flirting with relegation, Sunderland were finally put out of their misery like an old sickly dog shot in the back of the head.
The Black Cats’ 1-0 loss to Bournemouth sealed their fate over the weekend. Manager David Moyes had said it would be an uphill battle when he took over the club, and he was right.
Looking back, it is amazing to see how wrong pundits and writers were about Moyes’ appointment. Now, many of those same writers are blaming Moyes’ old-school approach for Sunderland’s relegation.
Meanwhile, White Hart Lane saw its last ever North London Derby, and what at win it was for Tottenham. Spurs owned Arsenal for nearly the entire 90 minutes, winning 2-0 thanks to goals from Dele Alli and Harry Kane; two stars of Fantasy Premier League this season.
The win keeps Tottenham right behind league leaders Chelsea. Unfortunately, Chelsea’s fixture list is slightly easier and Spurs’ great form is coming a little too late for the Premier League title.
Lazio Gift Scudetto to Juventus
Lazio inadvertently gifted the Serie A Scudetto to rivals Juventus as the capital club outclassed Roma in the Eternal City Derby, 3-1.
In all, the two teams have played four times this season in league and cup fixtures. The sides split the four games, but Lazio got the best of their city rivals by knocking them out of the Coppa Italia.
Lazio will play Juventus in the cup final in June as the Biancocelesti hope to end what could be a Juventus league and cup treble.
Meanwhile, Roma go into the offseason after years of haphazardly buying players with no real direction. This time should be different as the club have signed famed Sevilla sporting director and Europa League winning architect Monchi. An overhaul at Roma is expected.
Monaco Finally Pull Ahead
Monaco finally pulled ahead of title rivals Paris Saint-Germain after a 3-1 win over Toulouse at the weekend. Monaco once again found themselves falling behind as Toulouse took a 46th minute lead through Ola Toivonen.
But Monaco was inspired and Kamil Glik, Kylian Mbappe and Thomas Lemar as all three scored without reply to move the team closer to the Ligue 1 title.
Meanwhile in Sunday’s late game, PSG lost ground thanks to Mario Balotelli and Nice, who won 3-1. Monaco are not only three points better off than PSG currently, but the team have a game in hand.
Monaco do have the slightly more difficult fixture list as the team must play Nancy, Lille, Saint-Etienne and Rennes while balancing the semifinals of the Champions League against Juventus.
Check out Ligue 1’s amazing website for official highlight videos from the weekend.