Europe’s Top Six Leagues: Four Confirmed Champions, Who Are The Last Two?
Four clubs form Europe’s top six leagues have already been confirmed champions with the final two to be decided.
Beginning in England, Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City were over the weekend confirmed champions for the first time since they last won it during the 2013/14 season. Confirmation of the Sky Blues’ triumph came after city rivals Manchester United failed to keep the title race alive. They suffered a shock 1-0 home defeat by bottom club West Bromwich Albion.
City’s journey to this achievement- their third Premier League title, began in mid-September 2017 following their convincing wins against Liverpool (5-0), Watford (0-6) and Crystal Palace (5-0) that sent them top of the league table till the rest of the season.
The title success for City marks Guardiola’s second title so far won since joining the club on February 1, 2016 on a three-year contract. City are currently 16 points clear top of the table with five games left to play.
On April 7, Bayern Munich were confirmed Bundesliga Champions for the sixth consecutive time after coming from behind to defeat Augsburg 4-1 clinch the league.
After winning their first five games, Bayern later dropped points in their sixth and seventh matches when they drew against Wolfsburg (2-2) and Hertha BSC (2-2). This resulted to the team dropping below to the third position, three and one point behind Borussia Dortmund and Hoffenheim respectively. On 28 September 2017, the Germen champions sacked manager Carlo Ancelotti amidst reports of player unrest and was replaced by Jupp Heynckes in his fourth spell at the club. Similar to Man City, Bayern on 28 October secured a 2–0 win over RB Leipzig that put them on top of the table for the first time in the season and maintained the position for the rest of the season.
Paris Saint Germain
Faced with pressure to win more title after huge spending during the transfer window, Paris St-Germain regained the Ligue 1 title in style after an emphatic victory over defending champions Monaco at the Parc des Princes. A devastating display from PSG gave the Qatar-owned club an unassailable 17-point lead over second-placed Monaco.
The French champions are now 17 points ahead of former champions Monaco with five matches to be played.
With three matches left to play, Football Club PSV Einhoven also clinched the Eredivisie league title over the weekend after they beat Ajax 3-0 at home to win their 34th premier league title. The win gives PSV an incontestable 10 point lead over Ajax, who in turn are just five points ahead of AZ of Alkmaar. PSV last won the title during the 2015-16 league season.
All eyes are now on the Spanish La Liga and the Italian Serie A to see who will clinch the title in the remaining two top European leagues. As things currently stands in the two leagues, Barcelona are in the better position to win the title, but in Italy, the race is remains tight between the defending champions Juventus and Napoli as four points separate the two sides with five games to be played.