It's Lopsided-Domestic-Cup-Week, as Barcelona fell 6-5 on aggregate to Getafe in Spain's Copa del Rey. Despite entering into today's match with a 5-2 lead from the first leg, the Blaugrana were trounced 4-0 by the mid-table side 16 points behind them, leaving the La Liga title the only piece of silver left for last year's Champions League winners.
Inter Milan were embarassed last night in the first leg of the Coppa Italia by a Roma squad that fell humilatingly out of the Champions League. Destroyed by a Manchester United masterclass performance in the semis of the European competition, Roma make up for their humility by really taking it to the runaway Serie A leaders, and now enter the second leg in Milan up 6-2 on aggregate.
With the major domestic leagues coming to a close, and no World or European Cups to watch this summer, let rumor and speculation fly. The European media will be gearing up for the upcoming summer transfer window, which begins on July 1 and ends on September 1. The folks at the Times give us their take on what the big four are looking for. [Times Online]
Blackburn Rovers campaign for European competition next year fell today, while Spurs look toward qualifying for the UEFA Cup. Much like the relegation battle, the battle for non-Champions League Europe should sort itself out on the last day as well. Here's how it stands leading into Sunday:
5 - Everton 57 pts (@ Chelsea)
6 - Tottenham 57 pts (v. Man City)
7 - Bolton 55 pts (v. Aston Villa)
8 - Reading 54 pts (@ Blackburn)
9 - Portsmouth 53 pts (v. Arsenal)
And it looks like Carlos Tevez won't be gracing the pitch at Upton Park next year, whether the Hammers go down or not. The Argentine international may end up in La Liga or Serie A, that is if Wigan don't snap him up first. [The Independent]