Derby Day Delights - Football Crazy Episode 60



On this week's Football Crazy, the red half of Manchester snatch back the bragging rights, Jan Oblak keeps Atleti's Bernabeu hot streak rolling, the top half of Serie A doesn't know what to do with itself and PSG reschedule their open-top bus tour. Plus, Bayern waltz to the title, Zlatan's stardust can't save Galaxy all of the time and Memphis Depay is unstoppable.

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The chat kicks off in England where all eyes were on one game and one game only on weekend. Clue: it wasn’t Watford vs. Burnley.

Paul Pogba and Chris Smalling salvaged Red Devil pride at the Etihad by delaying the inevitable City open-top bus tour for another week in a helter-skelter Manchester derby. The result left the Sky Blues with even more egg on their face following their midweek pasting at Anfield.

Also in Premier League Land, a second-string Liverpool side was kept scoreless in a Merseyside derby of which Wayne Rooney and Sam Allardyce's public spat was the highlight. Chelsea's cataclysmic season continued with Chicharito coming off the bench at Stamford Bridge and scoring for the fourth time in his career to earn West Ham a much-needed point.

In LaLiga, Barca inched ever closer to title thanks to another Messi hat-trick while Atletico Madrid's result at the Bernabeu means Theo will be the butt of the domestic league joke at the next Hernandez family get together. The sharing of the spoils in the Decaf Madrid derby also benefited Valencia who climbed above Los Blancos to third with a 1-0 win over Espanyol. 

At the other end of the table, Clarence Seedorf recorded his first win in charge of Depor, albeit against rockbottom Malaga, while the 'Raise Your Hands' clash between Levante and Las Palmas ended in dramatic style with the Valencian outfit grabbing all three points.

Onwards to Serie A, the league that just can’t decide how it wants to resolve itself. Sure Juventus predictably got past Benevento, but a spirited three-minute last roll of the dice at the San Paolo means Napoli can still afford to dream, and it’s anyone’s guess how three to eight will finish after Roma, Inter and Milan dropped points while Lazio and Florentina capitalized.

Then across the Alps to France where poor auld Unai Emery's wait for his first domestic title drags on at least another week after PSG's woeful showing away to St. Etienne. Les Parisiens' next opponents, Monaco, came from behind to beat Nantes, while Memphis 'The Ballon d'Or Pretender' Depay was involved in all five of Lyon's goals in Metz.

Meanwhile, in the Land of the Brave, it was a bad week for LA teams as Atlanta United officially ended LAFC's honeymoon period and Zlatan was unable to pull off another miracle from the bench against Sporting Kansas City. Orlando on the other hand somehow managed to turn a 2-0 deficit into three points with ten minutes to go against the Timbers.