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Muamba collapse a wake-up call for football

It was a humbling week for football all around the world as Fabrice Muamba collapsed on the pitch in the middle of the FA Cup match between Bolton and Tottenham.

The incident was real shame, and a wake-up call for all those who play the game and sports in general, that you are not invincible.

Luckily he was very fit, which is what more than likely saved him given they said he was dead for 78 minutes.

Now I expect more doctors and nurses to be on call at every match.

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On a more positive note, Lionel Messi became the all-time leading goalscorer in Barcelona's history with his double against Granada during the midweek fixtures in La Liga.

Let's be honest, he is in a class of his own. Someone with his talent comes along every 10 years and you have to embrace what he does, whether you like his team or not.

It's a tribute to not only himself but to the team as well. They play a total team game and it reflects on the system they play and he is the focal point in attack.

When you look at his age and what he has done already, it can only get better as he has plenty of years left.

His goalscoring record is truly incredible and is right up there with some of the best of all times.

With his goals comes victory and Barca have reeled Real Madrid back in after seemingly being down and out in the league.

The gap was ten points but with two draws, Madrid have allowed their rivals a real chance of clawing their way back into the title race.

Currently the lead is six points but with a date between the two sides at Camp Nou to come, the gap could be closed to three points.

The key is consistency and Madrid have been the model of consistency and will need to keep it up if they are to hold off their fierce rivals.

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Manchester City showed that they won't lay down in the English Premier League title race after relinquishing their lead to city rivals United last week.

Knowing that you have to win at home against Chelsea and winning after being down a goal, shows that the side have the quality to bounce back.

It was pleasing the to see Carlos Tevez play a major role in the winner because Roberto Mancini has said that he has been a model player since returning and can be vital to their cause.

Although they were losing the game, City were the better team for the most part and in the end deserved what they got, which was all three points.

One team who can't seem to stop the rot is Tottenham, who have been on a poor run of form, albeit against quality opposition and will need to get back on track if they are to have a shot at Champions League football.

They aren't helping themselves with their home form but they must come together after a great start to the season and regroup before the campaign gets away from them.

A London derby this weekend against Chelsea will certainly stir up the pot with both side needing a win to ensure Arsenal don't run away with the third place spot.

Liverpool were stunned at Loftus Road with their loss to QPR but they only have themseves to blame given they were up 2-0 with only minutes left and ended up losing the game altogether.

They are hold and cold like Tottenham sides of the past, and they must get over this hurdle if they are to make any run at Spurs for the fourth and final Champions League place.

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Published March 24, 2012 at 9:00 am (Updated March 24, 2012 at 9:12 am)

Muamba collapse a wake-up call for football

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