What a season - and what a finish.
Well done to Manchester City and Pep Guardiola. They had to dig deep to turn things round against Villa, but dig deep they did and, led by the magnificent Kevin De Bruyne, achieved something which looked so unlikely at half-time.
You couldn’t take your eyes off things.
I was all over the Leeds game, hoping they’d get a result against Brentford. It was nip and tuck for much of the match, but then Jack Harrison, you beauty, scored in injury time and it was bedlam. Get in there!
Well done to those boys, all of them, for showing the fight to survive the drop. Commiserations to Burnley, Norwich and my beloved Watford. I’m sure they’ll all be back sooner than later, but thank f*ck Leeds did it. Fair play Jesse Marsch.
I’m not sure given the season they’ve had I can sneak a Leeds player into Vinnie’s Premier League Team of the Season, but hopefully next year boys!
Anyway, how’s this team? It looks sh*t hot to me - and you won’t see a better Premier League XI out there.
It was easy enough to pick most of these superstars out.
Each starred for their club, from Liverpool’s Allison in goal through to teammates Trent Alexander-Arnold and Mohammed Salah up front. Three reasons why Liverpool have been just outstanding this season.
De Bruyne is probably my player of the season. Time and again he dragged Man City back from the dead, not least in Sunday’s match at home for Wolves.
The back three are standard. Chelsea fans will miss Antonio Rudiger massively - and so will we. What an absolute force of nature Rudi is. A rampaging centre-back, hard in the tackle, and quick.
Next to him ‘Mr Cool’ himself.
Thiago Silva, at 37, is just incredible - a playmaker who reads the game so well.
And incredible is a good word to describe Virgil van Dijk. Possibly the best centre-back there’s ever been with the skills and attributes of Bobby Moore, Marcel Desailly, Rio Ferdinand and John Terry all rolled into one.
I’m back to Manchester City for my left back with Joao Cancelo getting the nod to push on and, along with Trent, supports my midfield duo of Declan Rice and Reece James. Gareth Southgate you can thank me later!
Rice has been outstanding for a superb West Ham this season and Reece is my Rolls Royce. He can play anywhere.
The final place goes to Harry Kane.
It could have gone to his teammate and Golden Boot winner Son Heung-min and could easily have gone to Ronaldo. How can you leave out still one of the world’s best? But Man United’s season counts against him and Kane just got better and better as the season went on, lifted Spurs into a Champions League place, scores goals and assists.
Job done. What a f*cking team.
So, to the final game of the season and Liverpool v Real Madrid in the Champions League final at the Stade de France, Paris, on Saturday.
It should be a great occasion and match between two sides with fantastic Champions League/European Cup history. Real have won it 13 times and Liverpool 6 - and Klopp and his men would love to round off an incredible season for themselves by landing the treble.
The quadruple is no longer possible but this would be some treble. I fancy Liverpool are the better side but Real will take them all the way.
I’m still not sure you can leave a player like Gareth Bale on the bench, but you can’t fault what Ancelotti has done this season.
They won La Liga and have beaten PSG, Chelsea and Manchester City in reaching the Champions League final and those kingpins in the middle Modric and Kroos will be setting Benzema up to finish off the Reds.
It’s been a long, hard season for Liverpool - they have played in every game possible in a season! - but you just hope they can muster one final push and then celebrate during Sunday’s parade.
I reckon we’re looking at extra-time. And then anything can happen!
Have a great week people.
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