For two-thirds of the season, Italy’s SerieA was locked in one of the most exciting title races in many years. After a decade long of unrivalled Juventus dominance, that all ended when former Juve boss Antonio Conte who was in charge of Inter Milan, pipped rivals AC to the Scudetto.
The Rossaneri would exact their revenge as they would win the title the following season, and are currently the defending champions in Italy. Since what appears to be the end of Juventus’ dominance, the Italian league has been very entertaining.
Everyone’s second team, Atalanta who scored close to 100 goals, in a couple of seasons, is one of the attractive factors that SerieA has going for it. Branded boring and defensive in yesteryear, that it certainly is not nowadays.
Whereas the last two seasons have been tight title races, this season Napoli, who haven’t won the title since 1990, are a mammoth 15 points clear of nearest challengers Inter.
There might not be a challenge in Italy at the top of the table, but the race for second and the for qualifying for next season’s Champions League is very tight too. At the wrong end of the table, that too is very competitive down there.
Another very close league so far has been Germany’s Bundesliga. Just like the way SerieA was dominated by Juve, in Germany, Bayern Munich have won the league title on the last 10 occasions, this year though it’s been far from plain sailing.
Post World Cup The Bavarians have endured stuttering form, which has arguably brought on any form of a title race in the first place. But after a few game weeks, it’s arguably a straight fight between Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund for this year’s Bundesliga title.
Der Klassiker where Bayern will be hosting Dortmund on the 1st of April has just got that bit more exciting. Just like in other leagues across Europe, it’s all to play for at the bottom of the league.
That could be said in France as champions PSG, despite their post-World Cup struggles, are well in charge of their own destiny in this year’s battle to be Ligue1 champions.
The bottom of the French league table, like last year, is very close, how some of those sides at the bottom wished they had their fate in their own hands and breathing space too.
La Liga doesn’t ruin the trend of very tight relegation battles, but in Spain just like France, it appears it’s a one-horse race for winning the league title. So that’s our take on matters of European football, but do you agree?
Do let us know in the comments.
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