After the weekend’s dose of football action, the world woke up this morning to different kinds of headlines, reactions and questions.
From reactions to Lukaku’s new style of celebrating (or not celebrating?) goals to comments on Inter Milan’s incredible loss to Udinese, it was a typical weekend of football.
As we look forward to the remaining football games in this month of December, we take a look back at action from this past weekend. From England to Spain and then Italy, what did we learn from Europe’s top five leagues over the weekend?
There Are Only Two Clubs in England
If you look at how dominant Manchester City has been this season, it’s hard to not see that there are only two clubs in the Premier League: Manchester City and… the others!
Pep Guardiola’s side, after 16 wins on the trot, seems to have set themselves apart from the rest of the league. Their type of football has been too much for Premier League clubs to handle. This was obvious in their 4-1 thrashing of Tottenham over the weekend.
The Calm Before the Storm in Spain
With Real Madrid out in the Far East claiming their fifth title of the year 2017, Barcelona took the chance to increase their lead at the top of the La Liga table. A 4-0 defeat of Deportivo La Coruna and Valencia’s shock loss at Eibar has helped them to create a healthy gap between themselves and the chasing pack.
Of all the 8 games played in the league this past weekend, 5 of them featured just one or less goals in it. For some, it was the “No Goal Weekend.” For some of us, it was it was something different.
Monday through to Saturday will feature one La Liga game or the other, including the El Clasico. Talk about the calm before the storm.
Santa’s in Town
While the Premier League is busy forcing its employees to put on a show for fans around the world this festive season, the Bundesliga has taken a breather and the league has gone on a winter break.
Of course, Bayern Munich, with an 11-point lead on the table, were crowned the winter champions. They seem to be running away with the league title, yet again. But who cares about Bayern when Santa’s in town?
Game week 18 of the French Ligue 1 featured 6 home wins, 2 draws and 2 away wins. It’s an increase from the 5 home wins that we saw in Game week 17.
This has made the league more competitive, in some way. Asides PSG sitting comfortably at the top of the table, Monaco, Lyon and Marseille, the teams ranked second, third and fourth are only separated by 3 points on the table. Must be that the Ligue 1 is more competitive than the Premier League. At least that’s what the league table shows.
Let the Title Race Begin!
Over the weekend, Inter Milan’s unbeaten streak came to an end in the most dramatic, unexpected fashion. They lost – at home for that matter – to Udinese. While they were losing, Napoli was winning away from home by the same score line, 1-3, and leapfrogging them to sit at the top of the table.
With all teams having tasted defeat at least once this season, all attention will now be focused on the title race. As the table stands, Napoli (42 points), Juventus (41 points), Inter Milan (40 points) and AS Roma (38 points) are the front-runners for this Serie A title this season.