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Without Klopp, can the Bundesliga progress under Bayern’s iron grip? | Squawka News

Without Klopp, can the Bundesliga progress under Bayern’s iron grip? | Squawka News.

The simple answer is no.

Even with Jurgen Klopp the last few seasons Bayern Munich tightened its grip pretty quickly. Not really certain that German football will go all the way of the Scottish Premier League, and the author fails to mention that normality for Scottish football is actually a Rangers/Celtic duopoly that’s only changed duo to Rangers recent enforced relegation.

European Leagues Weekend Roundup

We now have two league champions, and basically a third and fourth in Italy and the UK.

Bayern Munich wrapped up the Bundesliga title during the weekend to join PSV in the Netherlands. The other two leagues may be wrapped up by the end of the weekend but things in La Liga the Primeira Liga and Ligue 1 are still somewhat interesting. We have some midweek games to look forward to that could change things a bit more.

 

Primeira Liga(30) and Eredivisie(Round 32)

The big game between Porto and Benfica ended in a draw but the title race is still on. Only three points separate the sides and a slip from Benfica could see it becoming a tie game. Sporting Lisbon won big over the weekend but that’s not really news.

Vitesse Arnhem and AZ Alkmaar are still fighting it out for the last European spot but nothing else changes in the Netherlands. PSV continued their winning ways while both Feyenoord and Ajax drew their games.

Ligue 1(Round 34)

Paris Saint-Germain still has a game in hand, which they play today, but they are tied on points with Lyon after their big 6-1 win over Lille. Marseille somehow holds on to a European spot despite a thrilling 3-5 loss to Lorient. Lyon and Monaco both won their games over the weekend. All that means there is still some possibility for things to change before the season ends as Monaco only hold a two-point lead over St. Etienne for the final Champions League spot. Marseille is five points behind.

Ligue 1 highlights here

 

Serie A(Round 32)

Juventus almost seem to be toying with their Serie A chasers at this point, maybe with a focus on the Champions League. A loss to Torino means they have a 14-point lead in the league. Napoli won their game while Inter beat Roma and Milan fell to Udinese. Now Roma is behind Lazio in third, and the last Champions League spot, with Napoli right behind them. Sampdoria holds unto the last European spot with a number of teams close behind including a late-surging Inter.

Serie A highlights here

 

Bundesliga(Round 30)

A 1-o win over Hertha Berlin was enough for Bayern Munich to clinch the Bundesliga title with a 15-point gap. Bayer Leverkusen drew, Schalke lost and Borussia Dortmund continued their resurgence. The top four teams are pretty much set but things are getting interesting in the race for the Europa League, as Dortmund is now within three points of grabbing a spot. Hope it happens.

Bundesliga highlights here

 

La Liga(Round 33)

There’s still little change in the top six teams in La Liga after the weekend. Barcelona’s win keeps them 2 points ahead of Real Madrid, who also won. Sevilla, Atletico Madrid and Valencia also won as well, meaning a perfect weekend for the big sides. The battle for fourth spot between Sevilla and Valencia is interesting as only two points separate the sides.

La Liga highlights here

 

Premier League(Round 34)

Chelsea moved one step closer to the title after a 0-0 draw with Arsenal and it was a pretty weak showing from the big sides this weekend. Manchester City was the only side to win while Manchester United got hammered by Everton. Tottenham and Liverpool, the best bets for the Europa League, both drew their games. Things could still change in terms of who gets what place between second and fourth but otherwise things are set.

 Premier League highlights here

European Leagues Weekend Roundup

There’s one league already decided, the Netherlands, and only two that are really in doubt, the Primeira Liga and Ligue 1.  The title races are still a bit boring as we head into the final stages.

 

 

Primeira Liga(29) and Eredivisie(Round 31)

Three points is still the difference between league leaders, Benfica, and Porto. It’s actually quite impressive that Porto is doing this while possibly setting themselves up to get into the semifinals of the Champions League. Both sides won over the weekend and so did Sporting Lisbon.

As we said above, it’s now official in the Netherlands. PSV are champions so there’s little point spending much time on this league for the duration of the season as the top three spots are pretty much set. While Feyenoord lost and Ajax tied, PSV celebrated their title with a 4-1 victory over Herenveen.

Ligue 1(Round 33)

Lille and Paris Saint-Germain are tied on points but PSG has a game in hand so they look well-placed to get the title, especially if they get knocked out of the Champions League. PSG were only side to win over the weekend as both Lyon and Monaco dropped points with ties. Marseille did what they couldn’t afford to with a loss on Friday. Marseille is now tied on points with St. Etienne for fourth and really look like dropping out of the race.

Ligue 1 highlights here

 

Serie A(Round 31)

Inter Milan and AC Milan played out a bore draw which epitomized just how far both giants have fallen. Juventus edged closer to their eventual early title celebrations with a win over Lazio but Roma couldn’t take advantage and only drew. Napoli won as well and gave themselves some room in the race for fourth place.

Serie A highlights here

 

Bundesliga(Round 29)

Bayern Munich picked up a win during the weekend to strech their lead to 12 points after Schalke held Wolfsburg to a draw. Bayer Leverkusen vaulted into familiar territory after their win while Borussia Dortmund edged closer to a still out of reach European spot. Maybe the news of Jurgen Klopp’s departure will spur the squad on to a spectacular finish. Thomas Tucchel replaces Klopp when he goes.

Bundesliga highlights here

 

La Liga(Round 32)

Things are still tight where the top five teams in La Liga are concerned but there are a couple of groups. Both Barcelona and Real Madrid won their games with Barcelona retaining their two-point lead while Madrid stayed seven points ahead of Atletico Madrid. Six points separate Atletico, who won over the weekend, and fifth-placed Sevilla who tied their game while Valencia lost to Barcelona.

La Liga highlights here

 

Premier League(Round 33)

While Liverpool and Arsenal had a weekend of with FA cup duties, the rest of the big boys were enduring all sorts of different fortunes. Chelsea beat Manchester United to put one hand on the trophy and give Arsenal some breathing room, if they decide to take advantage of it. Manchester City and Tottenham both got back to winning way but not too much change in the league. Still some big games to come so there will be lots to talk about.

 Premier League highlights here

European Leagues Weekend Roundup

It just gets more and more fun as we head into the last stages of all our big leagues. There were some eyebrow raising results this weekend which ended the hopes of some teams and raised the hopes of others. The title races haven’t changed too much but the battle for European spots and relegation have definitely intensified. Looking forward to how the season ends all round.

We have some leagues playing in midweek as well so that should increase the fun. Here’s how things ended up last weekend.

 

Primeira Liga(28) and Eredivisie(Round 30)

We are edging closer and closer to the, potentially, title-deciding game between Benfica and Porto. Both sides won over the weekend, as did Sporting Lisbon, so things remain as is.

The title race has long been wrapped up in the Netherlands but things are interesting in the European race. Ajax and PSV won while Feyenoord drew and nothing changed between the top three. Only  five points separate fourth place from seventh and there’s likely to be some shuffling as we head into the final few games.

Ligue 1(Round 32)

Marseille is falling down the rabbit-hole pretty fast after another loss this weekend. They now sit in fourth place and have both St. Etienne and Bordeaux behind in touching distance. Another season without Europe would be highly disappointing. Paris Saint-Germain and Lyon didn’t play so PSG retained its one point lead, while Monaco and Lille both won. We’re going to get into the game in hand situation after Lyon joins the rest of league in playing game 32 while PSG turn their thoughts to the Champions League. That should make things a bit more interesting. Can PSG make it three in a row and progress in Europe?

Ligue 1 highlights here

 

Serie A(Round 30)

Juventus lost, to Parma, but still have a 12 point lead in the league. What’s more interesting is Roma’s draw with Torino seeing them drop out of the top two and be replaced by rival, Lazio. Napoli and Inter Milan, surprisingly, won while AC Milan drew. There’s a seven point gap between Champions League and the Europa League but Napoli has to fight off Sampdoria and Fiorentina if they want to play in Europe at all next season.

Serie A highlights here

 

Bundesliga(Round 28)

It’s sad to see Borussia Dortmund floundering so after their recent resurgence as the suffered yet another loss. No bumblebees in Europe next season it seems. Bayern Munich and Bayer Leverkusen both won and Schalke drew their games over the weekend. Again, the gap between Champions League and Europa League is significant with Bayer Leverkusen 10 points ahead of Schalke in fifth. It will be interesting to see how Wolfsburg and Borussia Mochengladbach fare in the Champions League next season.

Bundesliga highlights here

 

La Liga(Rounds 30 & 31)

After two rounds in a week Barcelona only hold a two point lead over Real Madrid as opposed to four. All the big teams except Valencia won during the week but there wasn’t too much reshuffling of the pack.

Barcelona and Sevilla played out a 2-2 draw during the weekend and Atletico Madrid drew as well. Valencia and Real Madrid were the only big boys to win. It’s now pretty much a two-horse race between Barcelona and Real Madrid with Atletico Madrid fighting off Valencia and Sevilla for the third automatic Champions League spot. That should be interesting.

La Liga highlights here

 

Premier League(Round 32)

Chelsea still has a game in hand and a seven point lead after their win over QPR. Arsenal and Liverpool both won while Tottenham lost. Manchester United beat Manchester City in the Manchester Derby to put the former champions in fourth place.(Cue smirks from Arsenal fans) There are still some big games to come, most notably Chelsea versus Arsenal so there’s still lots of entertainment in store.

 Premier League highlights here

European Leagues Weekend Roundup

It just gets more and more fun as we head into the last stages of all our big leagues. There were some eyebrow raising results this weekend which ended the hopes of some teams and raised the hopes of others. The title races haven’t changed too much but the battle for European spots and relegation have definitely intensified. Looking forward to how the season ends all round.

We have some leagues playing in midweek as well so that should increase the fun. Here’s how things ended up last weekend.

 

Primeira Liga(27) and Eredivisie(Round 29)

It’s still a three-point gap between Benfica and Porto as we draw closer to that all-important game between the two. Both sides won over the weekend while Sporting Lisbon was held to a draw.

Ajax were held to a draw over the weekend, meaning PSV Eindhoven’s big 5-0 win over FC Twente means they extend their lead to 10 points. Feyenoord also picked up a win to solidify third spot and a place in Europe next season.

Ligue 1(Round 31)

Well, it looks like money can buy you titles. Paris Saint-Germain has underperformed for much of the season but their stars came up big in the win versus Marseille this weekend. That keeps them one point ahead of a Lyon side that also won over the weekend. Marseille’s loss means they could tumble even further down the standings after today. Monaco tied against St. Etienne but still have a game in hand, which they play today, and three points means they’ll be level on points with Marseille.

Ligue 1 highlights here

 

Serie A(Round 29)

There’s no point talking about first place in Serie A anymore though I guess we have to mention that Juventus won again, of course. The race for European spots holds the most interest as in most leagues.  Roma beat Napoli in the big game of the weekend to stay one point ahead of Lazio. That loss, plus other results, means Napoli is now out of the European spots altogether and sit in sixth. AC Milan won over the weekend and Inter Milan tied.

Serie A highlights here

 

Bundesliga(Round 27)

Borussia Dortmund in Europe next season is still a possibility but it is becoming an extremely slim prospect. Dortmund lost to Bayern Munich while few other results went their way. Schalke tied with Augsburg to pretty much remain as they were and Bayer Leverkusen picked up a big win over Hamburg to solidify their European spot.

Bundesliga highlights here

 

La Liga(Round 29)

Yes, Real Madrid scored 9 goals in their win over Granada but it’s still only three points. Barcelona won a hard-fought game against Celta Vigo to retain their four point lead. The top six pretty much remain as they were after Valencia and Villarreal tied their game while Atletico Madrid and Sevilla won. There’s midweek games here as well with Valencia’s trip to Athletic Bilbao looking interesting.

La Liga highlights here

 

Premier League(Round 30)

Arsenal is officially in second place. Let that sink in for a moment. Their convincing victory over Liverpool leaves the Reds pretty much out of the Champions League race and staring at the Europa League. Manchester United won as well while Manchester City lost to Crystal Palace. Tottenham also dropped points with a draw. Chelsea are still huffing and puffing across the finish line with another win but with a game in hand they could extend their lead to 10 points.

 Premier League highlights here

European club football returns with plenty of big games – HoundSports – HoundSports

European club football returns with plenty of big games – HoundSports – HoundSports.

My piece for Houndsports on the return of club football. Big weekend has already gotten started with Roma vs. Napoli. Yay.

Only Bayern Munich in Europe’s Last 8: Has the Bundesliga Regressed Since 2013? | Bleacher Report

Only Bayern Munich in Europe’s Last 8: Has the Bundesliga Regressed Since 2013? | Bleacher Report.

Interesting look at the Bundesliga in Europe recently.

I wouldn’t say the league has regressed. German teams could be more consistent in getting results but they are generally consistent in getting to the tournaments. As the author said, more progress will likely follow if certain teams can hold on to key players.

European Leagues Weekend Roundup

The first international break of the year is now in effect and it’ll be interesting to see how that affects certain teams when leagues restart.

There weren’t many changes across our leagues this weekend but there were some interesting results. Let’s take a look.

 

Primeira Liga(26) and Eredivisie(Round 28)

The upcoming game between Porto and Benfica is now a definite title-defining clash. Benfica lost over the weekend and Porto drew, making the gap now three points between the two sides. Sporting Lisbon won their game over the weekend.

And the lead is now eight! Still don’t see anything but a PSV Eindhoven title in the offing but Ajax will have Feyenoord to thank for beating the leaders. Ajax won their game as well so they can hold some sort of hope.

 

Ligue 1(Round 30)

And just like that the big boys are leading down the stretch. Laurent Blanc is pretty much securing his contract with these last couple results. He beat Chelsea and now, finally, Paris Saint-Germain lead the league after a win over Lorient. Lyon are one point behind after their loss to Nice while Marseille is two points behind the leaders after their win. Monaco also won over the weekend while Lille lost. Of course, Marseille and Paris Saint-Germain play next week. Expect things to change.

Ligue 1 highlights here

 

Serie A(Round 28)

Juventus continue to stroll along with another win so, again, we look to the European race. Roma won over the weekend while Napoli drew, AC Milan won and Inter lost. Lazio has is now in third, one point behind Roma, and Napoli has dropped to fifth. So much for that resurgence. Sampdoria sits in fourth.

Serie A highlights here

 

Bundesliga(Round 26)

Bayern Munich only have a 10-point lead now after a surprising loss to Borussia Mochengladbach. Borussia Dortmund picked up another win while Bayer Leverkusen beat Schalke when the other big boys met. Dortmund is five points away from a Europa League spot and 12 away from the Champions League. We’ll see what happens there.

Bundesliga highlights here

 

La Liga(Round 28)

“El Clasico” was a fantastic game and Barcelona’s win over Real Madrid means they now have a four-point lead in the league. Sevilla, Valencia and Atletico Madrid all won so it was a good weekend for the big boys. Valencia still edge Atletico Madrid for the final automatic Champions League spot by one point.

La Liga highlights here

 

Premier League(Round 30)

Chelsea still have a game in hand, and a six-point lead, after a close win over Hull City. Manchester City, Arsenal, Tottenham and Manchester United all won to keep things looking really interesting in the European race. United beat Liverpool in pretty convincing fashion and may well damage the hopes of some of their fellow competitors if they continue on this form.

 Premier League highlights here

European Leagues Weekend Roundup

There were some big results across European Leagues this weekend and it’s no surprise that things are heating up as we get closer to the business end of the season.

The title race in France still stands out among all our leagues but things are still tight in Portugal and Spain. Should be an interesting end to the season. Let’s see what happened over the weekend.

 

Primeira Liga(25) and Eredivisie(Round 26)

Still not many changes to talk about in Portugal as Benfica, Porto and Sporting Lisbon all won. Benfica still hold a four point lead over their big rivals, Porto, but we are getting closer to what could be a title-deciding game between the two.

PSV Eindhoven still has an 11 point lead in the league as they Ajax and Feyenoord all won over the weekend.(Same sentence as last week) The race for the last European spot is an interesting battle between AZ Alkmaar, Vitesse Arnhem(Chelsea 2.0), PEC Zwolle and Herenveen though.

 

Ligue 1(Round 29)

So I realize last week that I presented the big game as Paris Saint-Germain vs. Lyon when it was actually Marseille vs. Lyon. Not sure what happened there. It was a pretty entertaining game and either side could have won but it was tie in the end. PSG lost but still kept second place and but now Marseille have to watch out for Monaco below them in fourth with a game in hand. The bane of Arsenal won over the weekend, as did Lille. Things still looking tight in France

Ligue 1 highlights here

 

Serie A(Round 27)

Since the title race is now done and dusted in the Serie A, things in the race for Europe have heated up. Five points now separate second place Roma from sixth place Sampdoria. Roma lost, to Sampdoria, and were gladly joined by AC Milan and Napoli. Inter Milan tied their game while Juventus won.

Serie A highlights here

 

Bundesliga(Round 25)

Things are pretty similar in Germany. Ten points separate third from eighth and, while that may seem a lot, things can change at any minute. Plus there’s still the possibility of a Borussia Dortmund resurgence even if they did falter with a draw. Bayern Munich and Bayer Leverkusen both won while Schalke drew their game.

Bundesliga highlights here

 

La Liga(Round 27)

In Spain, both the title race and European race offer some intrigue. “El Clasico” is this weekend and that game will have a big impact on the title. Barcelona and Real Madrid won to retain first and second place but Atletico Madrid dropped out of third after a tie and Valencia’s win. Sevilla also won over the weekend so it remains to be seen who will end up where in the European spots. Villarreal is still in the mix and Malaga has an outside chance.

La Liga highlights here

 

Premier League(Round 29)

Aand just like that, the Premier League does it again. Arsenal and second place seems weird so close together in a sentence but that’s where we’re headed after their win and Manchester City’s loss to Burnley. Chelsea drew to pick up a six point lead with one game in hand while Manchester United brought back the old times by smashing Tottenham. Liverpool won as well so things are still very much up in the air heading into the final part of the season.

 Premier League highlights here