This week is perhaps the easiest weekend to decipher the winners and losers ... ever. The winners won really big. The losers lost really big. Sometimes, it's just that simple.
The title race in England is tight. Ditto that for Italy, Germany and France. This is a Champions League week and there were some awesome goals to recap.
Let's get this on.
The Winners1. Manchester United, Tottenham
Thanks to some fortuitous results this weekend, the Red Devils have jumped back into the Premiership title race. But perhaps more impressive than that was the back-to-back London derby double for Spurs. In mid-week, they trampled Arsenal and Saturday they up-ended Chelsea in style
. They now hold the fourth-spot (guaranteeing Champions League play) with a two-point advantage over Manchester City. Aston Villa and Liverpool are 6 and 8 points behind Spurs respectively.2. In-Form United States' Strikers
Edson Buddle and Herculez Gomez
should be on the U.S. World Cup roster. You must take the strikers who are in form. Right now, that's Gomez and Buddle and not Brian Ching (who's injured) and Eddie Johnson. If Charlie Davies is is not healthy enough to play, I'd bring Jozy Altidore, Clint Dempsey, Gomez and Buddle. If Davies is healthy, I still bring all of them and cut a midfielder instead. I'm gonna pontificate on the U.S. roster later this week.3. Anglophiles who enjoy sayings words like "brace"
There are some amongst us who prefer to use British words to describe football. For example: Calling it a pitch instead of a field. I think it's OK. Except when it comes to using "brace" for two goals. Anglophile journalists got to use it a bunch this week, as Buddle, Gomez, Conor Casey and Juan Pablo Angel all scored two goals.The rest of the winners... Marseille ... Houston Dynamo ... Bayern Munich putting the goal differential tie-breaker out of reach ... Real Madrid ... Maicon and Inter Milan ... Rangers ... Ike Opara and San Jose ... The Dutch title race ... Wigan ... Portland's future
The Losers1. Chelsea, Arsenal
Not only did both teams get out-classed by Tottenham this week, but they also dropped winnable games they needed. Chelsea could've put the league title out of reach and Arsenal could've stayed in the race. Unfortunately for Arsenal, they got squashed by lowly Wigan
and now have to settle for third.2. The fans in the Rome Derby
Fan violence and Nazi salutes... totally not cool. Especially if it was all caused by a silly gesture
.3. DC United
This is bad. Really, really, really bad.The rest of the losers... Barcelona for the game and their upcoming travel plans ... Toronto FC ... Fernando Torres and Liverpool ... Everton may have won 3-2 but they wore these ... ESPN Soccernet ... Adrian Mutu ... Colorado's sorry attendance.