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September 19, 2018

Shouldn't we be focusing on the Europa spot dogfight now?

Manchester City's Bosnian forward Edin Džeko (L) celebrates after scoring the second goal during the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Manchester City at Old Trafford in Manchester on March 25, 2014.
Manchester City's Bosnian forward Edin Džeko (L) celebrates after scoring the second goal during the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Manchester City at Old Trafford in Manchester on March 25, 2014.

I can’t believe there are people who still think that Liverpool can win the Premier League title. Imuhutsu and Anthony Ndiritu on twitter say the league will be decided on Sunday.

I don’t think these guys have watched Manchester City play in recent weeks because no-body can stop them; and they aren’t about to give up the title at Etihad in a match against West Ham this Sunday. Infact Man City just need a draw and it’s a wrap; while Liverpool need to pick themselves up after that bizarre draw with Crystal Palace and beat Newcastle.

They will conquer the Magpies but what City will do at Etihad is the focus. Brendan Rodgers learnt the hard way that Jose Mourinho’s “boring bus parking tactics” should apply when necessary.

The Reds know that they have a weak defence which has conceded 49 goals this season. Only Tottenham, Newcastle and Stoke have conceded more amongst the top ten teams in the league right now.

So why Rodgers and his boys decided at 3-0 up that it was possible to score more than six goals to close the goal difference battle with City, baffles me.

They should have just focused on the three points, knowing how porous their defence has been; not to mention that Crystal Palace won 4 out of their 5 league matches in April, losing only to Man City.

Did Liverpool really expect Tony Pulis’ side to go to sleep and agree to concede more than three without reply?

Mourinho’s “boring” bus parking technique would have worked well for Rodgers here who should have removed his front men and literally parked the bus!

After that he would have only had the goal difference problem to contend with but now he has an even worse goal difference and a points deficit going into the final day.

As I said on twitter yesterday to the Scousers, feel free to join us Gunners in uttering our favourite phrase at this time of year – next season. In effect this season is over even though points-wise quite a bit can still happen.

City are winning this while Norwich have joined Cardiff and Fulham in being relegated. The fun bit will be if Liverpool lose to Newcastle and Chelsea beat Cardiff; which would put Mourinho’s team second.

I would really laugh at the Reds if that happened. Another funny scenario would be if Tottenham lose to Aston Villa and Man United beat Southampton.

That would put United in 6th and they would qualify for Europa! Europa qualification is League Cup winner but Man City are already in the Champions League; the runner’s up do not take their place here; so that gives room for the 6th team in the league to qualify.

Then Hull City will definitely be in Europa regardless of whether they win the FA Cup final or not, since here the runner’s up takes the winners spot. So as we enter the final day of the 2013/14 season, it seems only Manchester United have something to play for. That’s funny.

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