Liverpool have nearly won the Premier League but how are the title races going across Europe?


The Premier League title race looks done and dusted with Liverpool now 22 points clear of reigning champions Manchester City and they could have the trophy wrapped up by March.

Fortunately, across the rest of Europe it’s a very different story.  While last season became the first time the title was retained across the top five leagues, this season fans in LaLiga, the Bundesliga and Serie A could be in for significantly more exciting conclusions to their seasons.

Sportsmail assess where all the contenders stand as we pass the midpoints of the campaigns.


 Barcelona, Real Madrid, Getafe, Sevilla

Lionel Messi (Barcelona) 14 goals

Spain’s two heavyweights Real Madrid and Barcelona are unsurprisingly battling it out at the top of the division.

Zinedine Zidane’s side are leading the way with 49 points while Barca sit second on 46.

A change of manager at the Nou Camp saw Quique Setien replace Ernesto Valverde in January at a time when the reigning champions were top of the table.

Valverde had been clinging on to his position since last season’s Champions League defeat by Liverpool and their Copa del Rey final loss against Valencia. Overall performances were well below the expectations of the Catalans’ board and his dismissal had been a long time coming.

A 2-0 defeat by Valencia as well as narrow victories over Granada, Ibiza and Levante shows Setien will have a battle to displace Zidane’s Madrid who have lost just once this season.

Surprise packages Getafe and Sevilla are only 10 points off Real but neighbours and 2018-19 runners-up Atletico have fallen down to sixth. Diego Simeone’s team are 13 points off top spot with their Champions League last-16 fixture with Liverpool perhaps now taking priority.

Bayern Munich

 Bayern Munich, RB Leipzig, Borussia Dortmund, Borussia Monchengladbach

Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich) 22 

The most exciting title race is undoubtedly in Germany where four teams are all in with a chance of claiming silverware.

Bayern Munich sit top with 42 points and are going for an eighth-straight league trophy, while second-place RB Leipzig are just one point behind as they aim to clinch their first-ever title.

Bayern are still without a permanent manager after Niko Kovac was sacked in November. Hansi Flick was given the job on an interim basis and is tasked with continuing their reign as champions but competition is fierce. 

Leipzig were top at Christmas and managed to hold on to their 20-goal leading scorer Timo Werner despite interest from several European clubs in January.

A top-of-the-table clash between the two takes place on Sunday as Julian Nagelsmann’s side travel to the Allianz Arena, knowing a victory will take them back above the league leaders.

Closely behind in third and fourth sit Borussia Dortmund and Mönchengladbach, both on 39 points.

For the chasing pack, Dortmund signing Erling Haaland from RB Salzburg and retaining Jadon Sancho could prove to be crucial in their bid to catch Bayern.

Haaland has already scored seven goals in three matches since his arrival, including a hat-trick against Augsburg on his debut, while Sancho has also seen an upturn in form following the end of the German winter break with nine goals in his last nine games.

Monchengladbach were the surprise leaders until December and remain outsiders to claim the title.

Throwing away a two-goal lead against Leipzig on Saturday showed it is likely to be a step too far for Marco Rose’s team despite an impressive campaign so far.


 Juventus, Inter Milan, Lazio

Ciro Immobile (Lazio) 25

Juventus have dominated Serie A for the last eight seasons, clinching last year’s title by 11 points.

But the division has been much closer in this campaign with Antonio Conte’s Inter Milan just three points behind in second.

Several former Premier League players have been recruited by the ex-Chelsea boss including Ashley Young, Christian Eriksen and Victor Moses in January while Romelu Lukaku joined last summer.

Juventus, who appointed Maurizio Sarri to replace Massimiliano Allegri las summer, beat Inter 2-1 in October but that’s the only game Conte’s side have lost.

Sarri’s team have been beaten by his former club Napoli as well as Lazio who are five points behind them in third.

Ciro Immobile has fired the Rome club into contention with 27 goals in all competitions and Lazio did well to hold on to their striker in the transfer window.

They host Inter in two weeks’ time in a game which will likely determine whether either can go on to challenge Juventus. Should they play out a draw then Sarri’s team could go five points clear and their fate would firmly be in their own hands.

Paris Saint-Germain

 Paris Saint-Germain

Wissam Ben Yedder (Monaco) 15

Seeing Paris Saint-Germain at the top of Ligue 1 will have come as no surprise to the rest of the footballing world.

Thomas Tuchel’s side won the division by 16 points last season and they’re already 12 points ahead of Marseille in second.

However, the champions have lost the same No of games as their challengers and there have been recent signs of friction between the players and their manager.

Tuchel was involved in touchline fall-out with top scorer Kylian Mbappe when the striker was substituted during a 5-0 win over Montpellier on Saturday.

This was before the majority of the squad attended Neymar’s birthday party the following evening which Tuchel admitted was not ideal preparation for the club’s next fixture at Nantes.

In addition to the issues with Mbappe and Neymar, Tuchel has to manage a disappointed Edinson Cavani who failed to secure a January transfer to Atletico Madrid.

PSG would really have to crumble to let their lead at the top of the division slip but they have still got to play Marseille who don’t have the extra pressure of European football to contend with.

The real excitement is in the battle for fourth, fifth and sixth position and potential Europa League places.

In France, the top two qualify automatically for the Champions League group stage, while third must progress through qualification.

The team finishing fourth will make the Europa League, while spots five and six will also enter the secondary competition should the Coupe de France and Coupe de la Ligue be won by sides already qualified through the league.

With just six points separating fourth and 12th, that means Lille, Montpellier, Lyon, Reims, Nice, Strasbourg, Monaco, Nantes, Bordeaux and Angers may all realistically harbour European ambitions. 


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