Weekend Review In Sports

Weekend Review In Sports

As is almost always the case with the coverage of sports in Britain, football steals the headlines. Be prepared for the overwhelming amount of outlandish reports as the summer transfer window steps into the spotlight after the Premier League finishes for another season.

 

Premier League

The Premier League has concluded for another season with Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City managing to fight their way out of the narrative stranglehold they found themselves in after former Red, Phillippe Coutinho, put Aston Villa 2-0 ahead in a game that City had to win to secure the Premier League Title.

 

With Steven Gerrard in charge of Aston Villa, you felt as if there were too many unique signs pointing towards a seismic overtake from Liverpool during the season finale. However, this was not to be. Aston Villa’s exceptional opening form was subdued by a barrage of City pressure destroying the defensive capabilities of The Villains. Jesus, Rodri and Gundogan undertook a five minute sweep putting City 3-2 ahead, a sisyphean task to topple. Manchester City’s eighth Premier League title is an exceptional achievement, yet one can’t help but wonder whether they will still feel wounded having crashed out of the Champions League once again.

 

Liverpool pushed past a resilient Wolves side 3-1 to give them the best possible chance of becoming Premier League champions although it was not to be. Mo Salah’s scrappy goal was enough to secure his joint top goalscorer of the season award alongside Son Heung-Min who played a major role in Tottenham’s 5-0 drumming of Norwich, securing Champions League football in the process. A major success for Antonio Conte and his side who will undoubtedly be building their Spurs deathstar ready to cause real problems next season, if indeed Antonio Conte stays, that can never be guaranteed.

 

Arsenal ran out 5-1 winners over an Everton side still caught in a post-relegation battle pool of relief. Despite a solid performance for Arteta’s side, it was not enough to secure the Champions League position they so desired, a major blow for an Arsenal side looking to elevate their squad quality this summer.

 

Burnley lost the relegation battle to a Leeds side who ostensibly appeared to play up to the cliche of wanting it more. Jack Harrison’s excellent extra-time finish secured Leeds’ place in next season’s Premier League as Burnley were unable to overtake a resurgent Newcastle side expected to make major moves this summer. For Burnley, it is no Dyche no Premier League football, a decision that looks as strange as ever.

 

Leicester’s 4-1 win over Southampton was the best of the rest. Chelsea’s lazy 2-1 victory over Watford added little to the season as they had already secured third place in this season’s Premier League. Thomas Tuchel’s side will be looking to turn their 11 draws into wins next season to compete fully with Liverpool and Manchester City.

 

Manchester United continue to be the so-called big team laughing stock with yet another defeat, this time at the hands of Wilfried Zaha’s Crystal Palace who beat the Red Devils 1-0. However, Manchester United can count themselves lucky considering West Ham’s inability to secure a victory over Brighton, losing 3-1, keeping Manchester United in the Europa League places rather than the European Conference.

 

With that, welcome to a summer of rumour and speculation.

 

Formula 1

The drama never ends in the world of Formula 1. Max Verstappen breezed past a Charles Leclerc battling with engine failure, despite the spin. This means that the Red Bull man has won every race he has finished this season, continuing his truly exceptional form.

 

Lewis Hamilton, who qualified in sixth, found himself in the undesirable situation of being on the receiving end of a hit from Kevin Magnussen. However, few would argue against the notion that Hamiton was the outstanding driver on the day, with the seven time world champion looking to keep climbing up the table.

 

Mercedes teammate George Russell also performed excellently throughout the Barcelona Grand Prix, managing to keep Verstappen at arms length for a large portion of the race although Red Bull managed to find their way back to the front before the race culminated.

 

This means that Max Verstapen sits atop of the standings. Charles Leclerc and Sergio Perez take positions two and three respectively, whilst George Russel sits two points ahead of Lewis Hamilton in fourth, whilst Carlos Cainz Jr occupies fifth spot. Plenty of time to go.

 

Round-Up

Joshua Buasti moves closer to a light-heavyweight title fight having overcome opponent Craig Richards in an all British boxing masterclass. Chantelle Cameron retained her unified light-welterweight titles with a victory over Victoria Bustos.

 

In Rugby, Lewis Ludlam, Nic Dolly and Joe Launchbury out of training camp meaning Bath’s Ewan Richards, Nick Isiekwe of Saracens and Gloucester’s Jack Singleton have been called up by Eddie Jones.

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