With the English Premier League seemingly a foregone conclusion with Liverpool holding a gargantuan lead over all their rivals, it appears that one of Europe’s toughest divisions is already over. Elsewhere in the continent, there’s all to play for with a number of interesting scenarios playing out as a host of teams are currently fighting it out for domestic glory.
With England once the home of neck and neck title races, this season appears to be a one off due to Liverpool’s relentlessness, but close races can be found in Germany, Italy and Spain. With the former two largely being dominated by Bayern Munich and Juventus in recent years, and La Liga being largely owned by Barcelona and Real Madrid, is it finally the time that new champions emerge?
In Italy, Juventus’ dominance is being severely tested by Antonio Conte’s Inter Milan. The former Juve and Chelsea manager has used his Premier League expertise in terms of recruitment and Romelu Lukaku looks an inspired signing. Inter have competed brilliantly all season and if they can maintain their impressive form heading into the final straight then they could have a major say at the season’s end.
As well as Inter breathing down the neck of Juventus, Lazio are also impressing in Italy and they look a quality side under the tutelage of Simone Inzaghi. Despite not possessing the superstars of their title rivals, Lazio have become a team full of workers similar to the industry possessed by Atletico Madrid in 2014 when ousting Barcelona and Real to become Spanish champions. Juventus should be backed to retain their crown thanks to their experience at this level, but their era of supremacy could be approaching its final days.
Over in Germany, an intriguing title race is currently ongoing with a number of teams confident that they can be ones to end Bayern’s impressive reign. Despite an indifferent season, the Munich side are still in a healthy position, but they face a stern examination thanks to the emergenge of Red Bull Leipzig. Armed with a young team built on shrewd recruitment, Leipzig have been one of the Bundesliga’s success stories over the past few seasons and they confirm their progress by going all the way.
Elsewhere in Germany, Borussia Dortmund can have a say in the title race if they can remove some disastrous defensive showings from their locker. The purchase of Erling Haaland looks like being one of the signings of the season and if the Norwegian marksman continues his rich run of form then Dortmund will surely be there or thereabout. Like in Italy, it’s Bayern who hold the experience and star players, but can their players be relied upon to dig in after having it easy for so long. Leipzig look a team on the up and it should be them who end Bayern’s impressive run of honours.
In Spain, it’s a familiar tussle, but one that looks like Real Madrid will retain their Spanish crown for the first time in three years. Barcelona currently sit three points behind their grand rivals, and although it appeared Spain could be home of a multi-team race this year, normality has resumed with the two giants fighting it out. Like often with these sides, it could be a memorable chase, but Barcelona appear to be a team a transition compared to the more settled Madrid, and that’s why it appears likely that the title will be heading to the Santiago Bernabeu