Although FC Barcelona did not lose a match this past week, a tie did not suffice for either of their two very important matches.
For the last six weeks Real Madrid has been looking for a chance to close the gap with their life-long rivals, but Barcelona hasn’t been having it. Both teams won all six of their last six games, so when Barcelona tied 2-2 in Valencia last Saturday, Real Madrid saw the opportunity and struck back with a 2-4 win against Sevilla FC.
Now Barcelona is looking at just a four point gap between them and Madrid the week before the two teams face off in what is known in Spain as “El Clasico,” the derby match against the top two teams in Spain. With a 19-point gap between second and third place in the Spanish “Liga BBVA,” this match will probably decide the league title.
But this was not Barcelona’s only disappointing tie this week. The team predicted to win the Champions League couldn’t manage to score in a 0-0 draw at home against Chelsea in the first of two semi-final matches. Out of the four commentators on ESPN 2, only two made a score prediction and both predicted Barcelona to win by two. This is Barcelona’s first goalless match at home all season, and although Chelsea did not manage to score either, they now see themselves with a much better chance at beating the team many have called “the best team in the world.”
As for the English Premier League, all the top four teams managed to win their matches yet again. The most spectacular of these was Manchester United’s 5-2 win against Tottenham, which kept second place Liverpool three points behind.
Italy was slightly more interesting this past week with only one of the top three clubs winning their match — AC Milan. With their 3-0 win against Palermo this past Saturday, they managed to nudge past Juventus into second place. However, despite Inter Milan’s 1-0 loss to Napoli, they still sit comfortably with a seven point lead.