LONDON -- On a day of fitting gestures and a lot of cheers, Jose Mourinho knew something was needed to add an extra thrill to it all. Chelsea had to do what they've managed in 25 other games this season, and with the title itself. They had to finish as they started. They had to win.
"We didn't want to celebrate at least without a point," Mourinho said after his side's 3-1 victory over Sunderland, champagne glass finally in hand. "Lower tempo than normal, but the qualities of our football during...
NEWCASTLE, England -- How fitting it was that Jonas Gutierrez lashed home the crucial second goal that put beyond doubt the protection of Newcastle United's Premier League status. In a year without too many positives for the club, his astonishing fight against testicular cancer has been an inspiration. On a day when a hero was needed, he was, in retrospect, the obvious candidate.
The Argentine's strike sealed the win, but there was something else on display at St. James' Park: A glimpse of what life...
HULL, England -- Three quick thoughts from Hull's 0-0 draw with Manchester United at the KC Stadium on Sunday, a result that ensures the Tigers' relegation.
1. Toothless Hull go down fighting
Transistor radios and smartphones were tuned in, fans hopeful of positive tidings from Newcastle. Perhaps a Hull goal could provoke panic on Tyneside, but such a moment never came. Without it went any chance of survival.
Each Hull attack was roared on, right from the first-minute header that Nikica...
Manchester City tend to finish seasons strongly -- they have ended this one top of the form table with six straight victories. They won their last six games in 2012 and their final five last season. The difference is that those runs brought the title to the Etihad. This secured second place but was in essence an exercise in damage limitation. It seems...
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.