Saturday 1 October 2016

Good riddance to predictable soccer season

Donny Mahoney

Published 20/05/2015 | 02:30

Barcelona players celebrate winning La Liga after their victory against Atletico Madrid on Sunday REUTER/Juan Medina
Barcelona players celebrate winning La Liga after their victory against Atletico Madrid on Sunday REUTER/Juan Medina

And so the curtain draws on another season of European football. Good riddance to it. It was a year where the hegemony's grip grew ever stronger.

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In Italy, Juventus can clinch a historic treble tonight if they beat Lazio in the Coppa Italia final. They can extend that to a quadruple if they win the Champions League final in Berlin on June 6.

That night, Barcelona will likely be looking to guarantee their own treble, their second in four years.

In France, only second division side Auxerre stand between PSG and the Coupe de France - and a clean sweep of all silverware in Ligue 1.

One must look to England and Germany for find cup finals without a club in pursuit of a treble.

These, of course, are leagues ruthlessly dominated by Chelsea and Bayern Munich. Both lead their leagues by eight points and have been on autopilot domestically for the bones of a month.

UEFA boss Michel Platini said in a radio interview on Monday that Financial Fair Play would be 'eased' this summer. Something must surely be done, even if it means the rich getting richer in the short term.

Irish Independent

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