From a Spanish viewpoint, it appears that the news of Michael OwenÃ¢ÂÂs impending retirement has been met with either ambivalence or hostility from Premier League fans Ã¢ÂÂ especially at Liverpool, Newcastle, Manchester United and Stoke, whose clubs he represented. But among Real Madrid supporters, there is a deep well of respect for a man who made 19 La Liga starts but still managed to score 13 goals.
International breaks would be tremendously dull affairs were it not for footballers and managers shooting their mouths off, mindlessly ranting about how everything is rubbish and just not fair. La Liga Loca suspects many of them are well aware of the repercussions of these choice comments made away from the clutches of their respective clubÃ¢ÂÂs press officers.
It Was a Bad Weekend ForÃ¢ÂÂ¦The title raceWhile Alex Ferguson bemoaned the fact that Manchester CityÃ¢ÂÂs 2-0 defeat to Everton hours before his side faced managerless Reading at Old Trafford Ã¢ÂÂtook the edge offÃ¢ÂÂ his sideÃ¢ÂÂs performance, the Scot canÃ¢ÂÂt have had many better days this season than he did on Saturday. Though Manchester United huffed and puffed their way to a 1-0 victory courtesy of a deflected Wayne Rooney shot, they now lead their nearest rivals by 15 points at the top of the Premier League and need only 13 more (from a possible 27) to secure a record-breaking 20th top-flight title.
RESULTS Sat 16 Mar Catania 3-1 Udinese, Bologna 0-2 Juventus Sun 17 Mar Siena 0-0 Cagliari, Napoli 3-2 Atalanta, Pescara 0-2 Chievo, Fiorentina 3-2 Genoa, Milan 2-0 Palermo, Sampdoria P-P Internazionale, Torino 1-0 Lazio, Roma 2-0 Parma