With a number of titles across Europe wrapped up last weekend – including Manchester City finally clinching the Premier League – attention is turning to storylines yet to be concluded. In this week’s Weekend Wanderings, Alasdair Hooper covers the key games across Europe where there’s still plenty to play for.
1) Will Tottenham use their home advantage to advance to the FA Cup final?
This weekend we are treated to the semi-finals of the FA Cup, which will take place – rightly or wrongly – at Wembley Stadium.
The standout semi-final is Saturday evening’s affair between Manchester United and Tottenham.Embed from Getty Images
Considering Wembley has been their home all season, many people are making Spurs the favourites.
As well as their home advantage they also possess a highly talented team and Manchester United are still proving to be a Marmite attacking entity.
After denying rivals City the title at the Etihad, Jose Mourinho’s team went and lost to the league’s bottom side – a result confirming Pep Guardiola’s side as champions.
So, what United team are we going to see turn up?
We know this match will be close and the winner will automatically be installed as favorite for the cup itself.
2) Will Southampton be mentally damaged after last week’s defeat to Chelsea?
The other FA Cup semi-final on Sunday is between Chelsea and Southampton – a week after they faced each other in the Premier League.
On that occasion the Saints – who are fighting for their lives in the league – dropped a 2-0 lead to lose to the Blues.
This time around they could get an opportunity for instant revenge but you wonder how much their confidence has been dented.Embed from Getty Images
Meanwhile Conte’s side continue to put in occasional Jekyll and Hyde performances.
They obviously have the talent to win the whole competition, but whether they will have the application is a totally different matter.
3) Will it be advantage England in the Women’s Champions League?
One of the big indications of the rise of women’s football in England is the fact that half of this year’s Champions League semi-finalists are from WSL 1.
On Sunday Manchester City and Chelsea both turn out in their first leg matches with a real possibility we could have an all-England final on May 24.
However, the opposition is daunting with City facing reigning champions Lyon – who have won the last two installments of the competition.
Similarly, Chelsea face another European heavyweight in Wolfsburg. But in a week where the PFA Team of the Year was dominated by players from Emma Hayes’ side they will be confident.
4) Is the Serie A title race alive and kicking?
While titles have been wrapped up in England, Germany and France – and Barcelona set to seal La Liga imminently – the title race is still going in Italy.
Following last weekend the gap between Juventus, in first, and Napoli, in second is down to just four points.
This Sunday the two teams play each other with everything at stake.
A win for Napoli would take them just a point away from Juventus with four games remaining so the pressure is well and truly on.Embed from Getty Images
However, should Juventus seal the three points that could be the race done and dusted.
This Sunday’s game in Turin will be crucial in determining who will be Serie A champions.
5) Can Millwall Lionesses be saved?
On the pitch things are going well for Millwall Lionesses – second in the WSL 2 and performing excellently.
Off the pitch, however, things are not going well after the club released a statement detailing the financial problems they’re currently going through.
If things carry on as they are money wise, it is highly likely the club may not see out the rest of the season.
It is another reminder that while women’s football is on the rise, there are still huge questions to answer regarding the filtering down of money and the long-term sustainability of clubs.
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