Hi football lovers, it was a fantastic and intriguing weekend of football action at the weekend. Welcome to another exciting edition of Tops and Flops where we showcase the top performers from the weekend’s games and the outright woeful. So let’s kick off with the top performers shall we.
- LIONEL MESSI
What more can be written about Lionel Messi that has not been written before. The young man is greatness personified. Record after record have come tumbling down at the feet of this fleet footed maestro and on Sunday 16th of March 2014, he wrote his name further in football folklore when he broke another record to become FC Barcelona’s all time record goalscorer scoring a superb hattrick against Osasuna in a 7-0 bashing breaking Paulinho Alcantara’s (No relation to Thiago Alcantara mind you) record of 370 goals scored for the Catalans. You see, Alcantara got most of his goals in the 1920’s in friendlies and Catalan Championships matches before the Spanish La Liga was formed, so this makes Messi’s goal scoring feat in modern times all the more special in a more competitive atmosphere than during Alcantara’s time. To spice things up, Messi has the opportunity of breaking Real Madrid’s legend Hugo Sanchez’s record of goals scored in the league when Barcelona take on Real Madrid in the Classico next weekend at the Bernabeu. How time flies. I remember Messi’s first senior goal for Barcelona on May 1, 2005 against Albacete receiving a pass from Ronaldinho and finishing superbly just minutes after he had a goal dissalowed. Nine years later, we doff our collective hats to one of the best we’ve ever seen and will ever see again.
- STEVEN GERRARD AND LIVERPOOL </ol What a fantastic performance from Liverpool and their skipper Stevie G at Old Trafford yesterday. It was an amazing team display and Liverpool clearly deserved to come out on top. You can talk about the penalty decisions or the red cards, but that doesn't take anything away from Liverpool deserving a well earned three points especially on the day. Special mention must go to Man Of the Match and captain marvel Steven Gerrard. He's a man reborn this season and yesterday had another game to savour and should have had a hattrick but unluckily, his last and amazingly third penalty of the game hit the post and didn't go in. Despite all that, Steven Gerrard had now scored 5 PL goals at Old Trafford more than any other visiting player. Liverpool interestingly are now just 4 points behind league leaders Chelsea with a game in hand at home to Sunderland on March the 26th. Win that, and they trail with just one point. Oh boy am I loving this season's title race.
- Now let’s move to the losers corner quickly:
MANCHESTER UNITED AND MOYES
- A 3-0 win for Manchester United penultimate weekend against West Brom, a 3-0 defeat for Manchester United yesterday against Liverpool at Old Trafford. We’ve been here before with Man Utd this season haven’t we. One step forward, another three backwards. When things seem to be looking up, there follows a thumping defeat that reminds us of the deficiencies within this football club. All is simply not well with Manchester United at the moment. Yesterday, they managed just a shot on goal, conceded 3 penalties at home for the first time in PL history and in doing so, became only the third team to concede 3 goals in a PL game after Bradford and Tottenham. They can have no complaints about the concession of those penalties. Phil Jones, Rafael and Vidic should know better, heck defend better and not like a Sunday league team. On another sad note, United have managed to only score 18 goals at home this season. A joint record with relegation threatened Fulham. Imagine the decline in standards. To highlight that decline, Moyes said before the game that Liverpool were favourites to win the game at Old Trafford. United fans were shocked. Even Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers couldn’t understand that sentiment either. Hear him “I was probably surprised before the game when I heard we were supposedly coming to Old Trafford as favourites. I would never say that at Liverpool — even if I was bottom of the league.
“Anfield is Anfield. We expect to win and we have a mentality that has been developing over 18 months which we expect to win home and away and the belief is in the players and you see that in their game.” Are you listening David Moyes? Are you? Footynyx