In the final moments of their Premier League existence, before they disappeared through the trapdoor into the dark, yawning unknown of the Championship, one of these clubs was thinking about the past, the other about the future. Maybe it was over-zealous Swansea fans in positions to affect our hotel booking. So when there is a fight for the Premier League that goes into the final day or a relegation battle, it could bring for a very dramatic conclusion.
The Swans are nearly certain to be relegated on Sunday with only victory over Stoke, coupled by Southampton losing to Manchester City and a 10-goal turnaround, able to save them.
Swansea’s defenders were caught ball watching and hoping for an off-side call as Ndiaye ran onto a lovely ball by Xherdan Shaqiri to score the equalising goal for his team.
The 52-year-old’s contract expires at the end of the season but the club are not expected to exercise their option to extend it, the Guardian newspaper and the BBC reported.
The Northern Ireland international’s quality is undoubted and it would be a waste for a defender of his considerable talents to not be playing at the top level.
It means that Swansea can now only catch Southampton on the final day of the season – but an inferior goal difference makes that scenario highly unlikely.
Swansea’s relegation from the Premier League was confirmed on Sunday by a 2-1 home defeat to Stoke.
I expect Swansea to win, but not by anywhere near enough for them to stay up.
Guardiola said: “We know the team is – OK, not mathematically – in the Premier League”.
Pep Guardiola reacted to the team’s 106th league goal of the season by leaping out of his seat in the dugout and punching the air.
The Saints are three points clear of the Swans – with Mark Hughes’ side sitting on 36 points.
Final win for Wenger: In the 22nd minute, Huddersfield fans joined Arsenal supporters in rising to their feet inside the John Smith’s Stadium to applaud Wenger in his 1,235th game in charge of the Gunners.
‘My view is we are in the situation to get the job done against a very good team, the champions of England, and it was always going to be a hard game for us. We had chances but didn’t score, but we did our best – me and the players.
“It’s terrible not to depend on ourselves”, said Swansea boss Carvalhal.
“But we are still breathing a little, so let’s see”.
“After that, we can wait that a kind of miracle can happen”.