Leeds at it again

I was expecting the end of the 08/09 season to be fairly mundane, with Leeds enjoying a 13 point lead at the top of the table. Surely they would win the title again? Wouldn’t they?

League Cup

Everybody loves the League Cup. Especially Big Ron.

LC final 09Ron Atkinson takes Birmingham to the League Cup, getting one over his old club in the process. Sir Alex will no doubt be back.

FA Cup

The semi finals went with form, Brian Little once again making a final, where he’ll face Chelsea.

FA Cup SF resultsLittle, who has the best reputation of all the managers, brushes Dalglish aside in the final

fa cup final 09Henry is still a major force in his early 30’s, whilst Brian Little is presumably ageless.

UEFA Cup

Liverpool are still in the UEFA Cup and, with the league not a realistic target, I’m going all out for it

uefa cup sf resultsA 4-0 win at home sets us up nicely for the trip to Betis, where a 2-0 loss doesn’t really matter. We’re in the final! Boro nearly make it an all English final but away goals puts paid to that.

The final sees us take the lead but Deportvio strike back late on to deny us.

uefa cup finalIt’s a big shame, but worse things will happen.

Premier League

To say Leeds have bottled it would be a massive understatement. Think Newcastle in 95/96 but with only 8 games to go. Their 13 point lead over me has been reigned in, with just one game to go, it’s all level.

prem one game to goI hadn’t even realised how bad it had got for them as I had mentally checked out of it, but as we kept brushing teams aside, McManaman crumbled. At the bottom, 4 teams can go down with nobody already relegated.

prem bottom one game to goThe fixtures are set up below, all I need to do is beat Wolves at Anfield. Leeds have the tricky task of Aston Villa anyway, I’m very confident. Stoke vs Everton, 17th vs 18th, is the pick of the relegation games. I guess the game has made a bit of an error here as with those two playing each other, West Ham are down already.

prem last dayCan we complete the remarkable turnaround?

prem last day resultsYes, with ease. Leeds mess up against Villa anyway, their mindset must have been all over the place. So it’s another league title for me and a return to the Champions League. Get in! Just take a look at Leeds’ results over the last few months:

leeds resultsGood grief, 1 win in 10. Here;s how the table finished up

prem top finalprem bottom finalChampions League

In the Champions League, for once Spain’s big two have blown it

CL SF resultsMilan are losing finalists again, for the fourth time in fact (with 1 win). PSG win the title for the second time after their success over Bolton in 2005.

CL Final 09Barcelona get over their loss by winning the La Liga/Copa de Rey double yet again. PSG win Ligue 1 and the French Cup in a dominant year for them.

One Frenchman who is definitely not dominating is Laurent Blanc

england 0 - 0 norwayGood lad Austin, get him the sack. Few other pieces of news – Paul Scholes is in management after Peter Reid is sacked following Everton’s relegation.

scholes to evertonHis first move is to sign a Scouser who’s career has gone nowhere

owen to evertonAll that’s left now is to look at the Awards – guess who is manager of the year?

awards 09Well played, me. Pascoe, surprise surprise, is a goalkeeper.

So that ends the 08/09 season, I’m still in a little bit of disbelief at how the league unfolded but that’s my gain. Next stop – Champions League!

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