Monday 11 May
Sunderland U21 1:0 Chelsea U21
The stiffs ran out of steam tonight as a very well organised and hard pressing Sunderland side took their chance, while we missed the opportunities that we carved out at the end of the night.
We will need United to slip up in order to win the crown now. Stranger things have happened.
Tuesday 12 May
Eden Hazard is not just the players’ player but the writers’ player too. Hacks from the FWA voted him their player of the season ahead of Harry Kane and our own JT.
Manchester United’s U21s beat City’s by 4-0 to virtually guarantee themselves the title this time round. You have to allow the odd trophy to go elsewhere. United were once a big club, you know, maybe this will be the catalyst they need to start winning trophies again.
On a grander stage, Bayern München salvaged some pride in beating Barcelona 3-2 but still sloped out of the competition on aggregate.
Wednesday 13 May
Poor old Ronaldo got a chance to ball his eyes out again tonight as Juventus snatched an equaliser and held out against the host’s blunt attempts to score. It is a shame for Carlo Ancelotti as his time at Real Madrid will probably come to an end before the season is out.
Thursday 14 May
Nathan Allan de Souza has finally been announced as one of the longest running transfers is finally through. Atlético Paranaense gave up their man for the usual undisclosed fee and he passed his medical. The prolific attacking midfielder is known by Nathan on the back of his shirt in deference to the inventor of the sousaphone.
Friday 15 May
Chelsea U21 0:1 West Ham United U21
The boys will be unhappy at how their season has tailed off as they couldn’t score on the big stage at Stamford Bridge. West Ham struck right at the death and with a long, hopeful shot.
Brentford fell at Middlesbrough and Patrick Bamford’s side will contest the play-off final at Wembley. It will be a good stage for him.
Saturday 16 May
Aston Villa U18 0:3 Chelsea U18
A brace from Miro Muheim sandwiching one from Mukhtar Ali saw the U18s season close with another win over Villa beaten 12-2 and 8-3 in the other matches this one was lenient.
Steven Gerrard’s farewell tour lurches from one disaster to the next, like the season’s biggest, longest wet fart. Today Crystal Palace comprehensively outplayed a poor Liverpool and guffed them 1-3 on their own patch before the Kop and their hero indulged in a mawkish tear-fest.
Elsewhere, relegated QPHa beat wobbling Newcastle while Villa were, weirdly, safe after being thrashed 6-1 by Southampton. Sadio Mane scored a 2 minute 56 second hat-trick to start the rout.
Leicester City did their own hard work, saving themselves with a point against Sunderland.
Sunday 17 May
Roy Bentley is 91 today and carries everyone’s best wishes and happy returns. Roy was the captain and chief goalscorer when we first won the league back in 1955.
Arsenal and Manchester United drew which means City, victors in Swansea, probably finish second, Arsenal third and United will be back in August for qualifiers.