Fanshawe FC: What we learned from soccer this week

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There are weekends in football that change the landscape. They provide a temporary new look at the game for every week. The second weekend of February was a game changer, and we might not see such an eventful weekend for a long time. Here are some of the storylines from that weekend and what we learned from all of them.

The biggest story of the weekend was the match between Manchester United and Liverpool; however, the match itself had nothing to do with the headlines. The game was well fought tactically, with Wayne Rooney scoring two. The match was spoiled after Luis Suarez refused to shake Patrice Evra's hand at the beginning. For those who remember, Suarez was suspended for racism against Evra. Suarez was not only under pressure from observers, but also on the pitch. Many United players went after Suarez, even in the tunnel at halftime. What Suarez did was incredibly inappropriate. What we learned from this is that the Premier League has a new villain, who might not be around for much longer.

Barcelona went into their game on February 11 with only one loss under their belt. Unfortunately, that still wasn't good enough to get ahead of Real Madrid. Barcelona lost to the mid-table side Osasuna by a score of 3-2 in that match. After a Real win, Barca is now a full 10 points behind the leaders Real. The game showed once again that Barcelona have been the innovators of football for the past couple years, but now they are starting to be found out. We learned from this match that Barcelona is starting to become human, and that Real Madrid is starting to show an incredibly strong case for first in La Liga.

Somewhere lost in that weekend was Everton's win against Chelsea. The Toffies pulled off an incredible win by beating Chelsea, 2-0. Steven Pienaar scored on his comeback to Everton, dismantling the Chelsea defense constantly. More importantly, Chelsea lost some points that sealed their fate in the battle for fourth. These results accent the club's rapid fall from grace — three draws with a brutal loss. The game against United held plenty of promise, even after they lost the lead. The games against Everton made people feel even more strongly that Chelsea is not quality. We learned from this game that Chelsea will not be finishing in the top four this season.

Udinese vs AC Milan was a revival of the Italian game. Both teams played football that was so appealing to watch. Antonio Di Natale floats around at the top so effortlessly. However, the Milan side played well right up until the final whistle of the second half, winning 2-1. This match taught us that Italian soccer is not on the out and that skill is still evermore prevalent in Italy.
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