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France 0 – 2 Italy

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  • France didn’t play that poorly that they deserved to lose by 2 – 0. They had some bad luck and things didn’t go right for them
  • France didn’t deserve to reach the next stage. They have been poor, scoring only 1 goal in the group stages. But they did better than in World Cup 2002 when they didn’t score a single goal
  • Pirlo is a mid field mastermind for Italy. He and Buffon were superb
  • Pirlo and Gatusso will be suspended for the QF, lets see how Italy performs without them
  • France coach couldn’t have picked a better time to propose to his girl friend. He knows he might be sacked soon why not marry now
  • Thruam and Makelle have retired and we might see the same from Viera and Henry. Its time for the new generation to take over
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Austria 0 – 1 Germany

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  • Germany doesn’t look like the same team that reached the SF of the World Cup. They are lacking there attacking flair
  • Austria are not that bad as they are made out to be. They played decently against a tough German side
  • Michael Ballack’s free kick was just superb. The first goal of the tournament from a free kick i guess
  • How is Mario Gomez playing. He has missed so many chances in the whole tournament. He can’t score from six yards with a tap in and then does nothing when the ball was in the air. I don’t think he deserve to play
  • The best incident of the first half was the sending off of the two coaches
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Croatia beat Germany 2 – 1

Croatia showed that they are the teams that have to be considered seriously. Beating Germany 2 – 1 is a great achievement. Here are my thoughts

  • Croatia showed that they deserve to be here. They beat England twice in qualifying and by beating Germany, they have proved that they have to be considered among the best
  • Croatia looked more organized than Germany. They passed the ball well and defended well
  • Once Germany were behind, they weren’t playing with enough concentration. You can see the frustration on there faces
  • Lehmann should be blamed for the second goal. He should atleast have a got a hand on the ball.
  • I still expect Germany to qualify by beating Austria.
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Premier League set for an exciting finish with just 6 games remaining

With just 6 games remaining, the Premier League is set for a dramatic finish, it has happened after a long time but it is worth the wait. The fight between Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea are sure to go till the end but Man Utd have an upper hand. Lets look at the remaining fixtures of all the team and analyze that which team has a good chance of winning the title

Manchester United’s remaining fixtures

  • Middlesbrough v Man Utd
  • Man Utd v Arsenal
  • Blackburn v Man Utd
  • Chelsea v Man Utd
  • Man Utd v West Ham
  • Wigan v Man Utd

The two fixtures that may have an impact on the title race are the ones against Arsenal and Chelsea. If Arsenal lost to United at Old Trafford, there title challenge could be over as the lead might increase to 9 points. United’s away match against Chelsea could very well prove important as it will be a must win for Chelsea if they want to reclaim there title. In the other fixtures, the one against Blackburn away will be somewhat difficult while i expect United to win the rest of games.

Chelsea’s remaining fixtures

  • Man City v Chelsea
  • Chelsea v Wigan
  • Everton v Chelsea
  • Chelsea v Man Utd
  • Newcastle v Chelsea
  • Chelsea v Bolton

Chelsea do have some difficult away games to Manchester City and Everton and a difficult one against Manchester United at home. With Man City and Everton both playing for Europe, they can be difficult to beat. but Chelsea have a very good home record and that will be there plus point. However, the match against Manchester United will be a must win for them.

Arsenal’s remaining fixtures

  • Arsenal v Liverpool
  • Man Utd v Arsenal
  • Arsenal v Reading
  • Derby v Arsenal
  • Arsenal v Everton
  • Sunderland v Arsenal

Arsenal definitely have a very bad ass schedule both in Premier League as well as Champions League. In a period of 10 days, they play Liverpool three times and Manchester United away. There squad depth is not very large and this may be a factor for there downfall. It will be a make or break period for them. I definitely think the match against United will decide Arsenal’s fate. While the rest of the games which they play are relatively easy, fatigue can be an important factor for them.

With Champions League also happening, it will have an impact on all the teams. And who knows, we might have a few surprises from the rest of the teams. By far, Manchester United who are in great form are my first favorites to win the title. But football is so full of surprises.

What do you guys think? Who do you think will go and win the league?

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