Previewing the resumption of club football across Europe, including Serie A, Bundesliga, and Ligue 1, with a focus on title races and top four battles
|Thomas Tuchel is the new Bayern Munich manager and that will change the present dynamics but the leaders are expected to seal the title in May. (Photo credit: Bayern Munich)|
This weekend sees the resumption of club football, and we will continue to examine what each league leader needs to do to finish the season on a high note and claim victory when the curtains are drawn in May.
To Serie A, where SS Napoli is favoured to win the championship for the first time in more than three decades, and there is nothing anyone can do to halt it.
A championship celebration is about to take place at the Diego Maradona Stadium, and not much work is required to see it through.
It will take more than six games to overtake Napoli's closest rival, Lazio, who are separated by 19 points.
With Juventus only seven points off fourth place, the only competition remaining in that regard is for the top four spots.
You wonder what might have happened if they hadn't been penalised for cheating.
Amazingly, any club from second to seventh can secure a top-four pass or forfeit it if they don't sit down.
The front-runners in that respect are Lazio and Inter Milan, but AC Milan, AS Roma, and Atalanta can also contribute.
Let's speak about the Bundesliga in Germany, shall we?
Bayern Munich will triumph, but the Bavarians may have it a little harder this time. Though it's probable that things will change now that Thomas Tuchel is in charge, Borussia Dortmund must perform better.
The Black and Yellow Boys are currently in second place, one point behind Bayern, but both sides play this weekend at the Allianz Arena, and the outcome of that match could mean many different things. If Bayern wins, everything is decided; otherwise, BVB will have to continue chasing it.
Union Berlin and Freiburg are definitely outclassing their competition, but one of them is still expected to fall out of the top four for the largely uncertain RB Leipzig.
It remains to be seen how things turn out when they resume their activities this weekend.
The French Ligue 1 has been a little wild, but Christophe Gatier's PSG is still predicted to win the championship.
While the champions' usual lead over the chasing pack weighs more than what is presently possible, their seven-point lead over Olympique Marseille counts for something.
Credit to teams in the league, they no longer regard PSG, and the fact that the champions frequently had to rely on individual brilliance should worry the club hierarchy.
Although Antonio Conte is currently unemployed, there have been discussions about possibly hiring Zinedine Zidane.
Lens Football Club has been outstanding, and now they must complete the most difficult task—hold out for the chance to qualify for the Champions League.
If they place third, they will need to compete in qualifying matches to join the group, but AS Monaco and Rennes, the sides that previously handed PSG a rare home loss, are right behind them.