1. Allegri has tough decisions ahead of Champions League final
With just two and a half weeks to go to the definitive moment of Juventus' season, Wednesday night's Coppa Italia final against Lazio was an opportunity for manager Massimiliano Allegri to take a closer look at the players he intends to send into action in Berlin.
LONDON -- Three quick thoughts from Arsenal's 0-0 draw with Sunderland in the Premier League at Emirates Stadium on Wednesday night.
1. Sunderland secure their Premier League status
By this stage of the season, most Premier League matches are irrelevant because so many teams have nothing to play for. Yet this was a rare game where both had something at stake: Arsenal wanted to secure the final (guaranteed) Champions League place by finishing third, while Sunderland were fighting relegation.
WEST BROMWICH, England -- Three points on West Brom's 3-0 win vs. Chelsea in the Premier League.
1. Baggies show their style
If Liverpool chose R.E.M.'s "It's The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)" to prelude Steven Gerrard's send-off on Saturday, the Hawthorns' DJ selected the quartet's "Shiny Happy People" before their final home game of West Brom's season.
Tony Pulis, the cast-iron managerial guarantee signed in double triplicate for avoiding relegation, has done what he does...
MADRID -- Three things from the Estadio Vicente Calderon, where Barcelona clinched the La Liga title thanks to a 1-0 victory over Atletico Madrid on Sunday night.
1. First step of treble completed
Lionel Messi's goal midway through the second half has clinched the La Liga title for Barcelona, after a slow-burning afternoon of action saw Barcelona do enough to beat Atletico at the Calderon, meaning Real Madrid's 4-1 win at Espanyol counted for nothing in the race at the top.
As Manchester United's players took their lap of appreciation following their 1-1 draw with Arsenal in their final home match of the season, triumphalism would not have been appropriate, though some honour could be accepted.
The Champions League awaits next season, August playoff permitting. After the horror of their 2013-14 season, United are back even if progress has been slow and often as painful to watch as much of this encounter with Arsene Wenger's men.
MANCHESTER, England -- Theo Walcott's deflected shot gave Arsenal a 1-1 draw at Manchester United. Here are three quick observations from Sunday's Premier League clash at Old Trafford.
1. Arsenal tighten grip on third place
So another issue is almost settled. Arsenal's goal difference means they only require one more point to guarantee automatic qualification for the Champions League, while Manchester City only need to avoid defeat against Southampton to pip the Gunners for second place. With...