History keeps repeating | Case of the Mondays

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History keeps repeating | Case of the Mondays

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Gaby Kirschner
Gaby Kirschner

Here's who's having the worst Case of the Mondays this morning.

JUVENTUS

We’ve still got one last title race on our hands!

In Serie A’s biggest game of the season, Napoli traveled to Juventus for a crucial six-point, top-of-the-table clash. And in a crushing blow to Juventus, it was sealed a Koulibaly header in the 89th minute. That’s about as dramatic as it comes.

Juve are still hanging on at the top, but just barely; the result let Napoli close the gap to just one point.

A big test for Juventus comes against 5th-placed Inter Milan this Saturday, and then again against third-placed Roma next month — not to mention their extra match, the Coppa Italia final against Milan, that they’ll want to prioritize as well. Napoli, on the other hand, are facing three mid-table teams and one battling relegation.

It’s clear who has the easier remaining four matches. But this might just be decided on the very last day of the season.

TOTTENHAM

Another year, another Tottenham loss in the FA Cup semi-final — eight in a row, now, to be exact. That’s the longest losing streak for this stage in FA Cup history.

Dele Alli opened the scoring in just the 11th minute, giving Tottenham hope that they might be on their way to Wembley for something besides a league home game. Unfortunately, Alexis Sanchez in the 23rd minute and finally Herrera in the 61st ended that dream. Even with the hefty bulk of the possession, Spurs could find no answer; Harry Kane couldn’t even put one shot on target.

With their Champions League spot relatively safe in the league, is that still considered a successful season? Or is a Champions League round of 16 exit and another FA Cup choke job enough to ruin the high of a top four finish?

SUNDERLAND

Sunderland have been relegated. Again.

A 2-1 home defeat to Burton, who are only one spot above them, sealed their fate this past weekend. It was their 22nd loss of the season, with a dismal 6 wins and 16 draws not giving them enough points to stay afloat. Conceding 78 – well, 76 before the match — goals also probably had something to do with it.

Next season will be their first time in League One in thirty years. With a mess of finances and low morale, does a Leeds United-esque fate await them in the seasons beyond?

VANCOUVER WHITECAPS

A 6-0 scoreline is an American football result, not a European football result. Unless, it seems, you’re the Whitecaps and you’re playing with nine men versus a top-of-the-table Sporting Kansas City.

Three of Sporting KC’s goals were scored before both Juarez and Reyna were sent off in the 39th minute, but Russel completed his hattrick and both Lobato and Croizet added goals in the second half to really finish the Whitecaps off.

No larger extrapolations to be drawn after only eight matches, but that’s a scoreline that can haunt you for a little while.

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