Several clubs have struggled since the restart and are trying to make up for it with millions of euros during this transfer window.
A month ago, Argentina shattered France’s dream of sporting a third star on their shirt. Lionel Messi and his gang got rid of Kylian Mbappé and his teammates after a legendary final (3-3, 4 – 2 on penalties).
Since then the recovery has taken place little by little in the five major European leagues. The Premier League, Ligue 1 and La Liga resumed in the last week of December. Serie A is back in early January. The Bundesliga resumes this weekend with a tempting Leipzig-Bayern match. Overview of the biggest European clubs.
They maintained a cruising speed: Arsenale, Naples
Surprising leaders of the Premier League prior to this international break, Arsenal are off to a similar start. Since the restart, the Gunners remain four games unbeaten in the league, including three wins, and an easy qualification for the last 16 of the FA Cup.”We have a job where we are really privileged, we can make a lot of people happy, savor Mikel Arteta, manager of the Gunners. Celebrating the victory with the fans was a good feeling and the pain is felt when you experience moments like this.Beware of overconfidence for Londoners who host Manchester United this weekend before taking on Manchester City in the Cup. A busy schedule given that the Londoners will find the Citizens again in mid-February in the league. However, eight points clear of these same SkyBlues, Martin Ødegaard’s teammates can see it coming.
Two draws and only one defeat in 18 Serie A matches: the tone is set for Napoli. SSC Napoli did not hold back during the second half. Defeated by Inter for the first time this season, the Neapolitan club then recovered by beating Sampdoria (0-2) and beating Juventus Turin (5-1). The only black spot on the draw: the elimination in the round of 16 of the Italian Cup by the modest Cremona club. At least Luciano Spalletti’s team will be able to concentrate on the championship – leaders with an eight-point lead – but also on the Champions League. See you on February 21st against Eintracht Frankfurt.
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The horizon is clear: Manchester United, Barcelona, Juventus
It is a club without Cristiano Ronaldo that is advancing for this second half of the season, and it is a team that is doing better. Manchester United remain on five straight wins and a draw (late on Wednesday night’s seventh matchday at Crystal Palace) in the league and can now boast that they have climbed to third place in the Premier League, just one point behind Manchester. City. The Red Devils also continue to win 2-1 against their neighbor and are still competing over four tables. Be careful anyway given that the Mancunians will make three away games in the next four league games, not counting the two-legged match against Barcelona in the Europa League.
Barça is doing well, or rather, it depends. Two victories in three league matches, including an important win against Atletico Madrid (1-0). Above all, a demonstration against Real Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup final, the first trophy of the Xavi era. “This title will give us serenity, we will be able to work more calmly, admits the Catalan coach. It’s a title, against Real Madrid, reigning champions of Spain and Europe… so yes, it’s a source of pride and relief. Since Leo left (Messi in the summer of 2021, ed), we had difficult times, but now we have built a team. And I hope this is the first title in a long series.»
Before the debacle on the Napoli pitch (5-1), Juventus Turin was stuck on seven consecutive victories in the league. A good series that allowed the best defense in Serie A (12 goals conceded in 18 games) to get back on the Serie A podium. However, the Old Lady will have to recover from this heavy defeat before facing Monza this Thursday in the round of 16 of Coppa Italia and to host Atalanta Bergamo in the championship.
The fields by boat: Real Madrid, Manchester City, Milan, Paris Saint-Germain
We had left Real Madrid with mixed results: just one win in the last three league games. And for the reigning European champion, the recovery is not going well. Slow victories against Valladolid (2-0) in the league and Cacereño (1-0), a fourth division club, in the Copa del Rey.”It’s not a critical defeat, it’s a complicated part of our season, it happens, recognized Carlo Ancelotti. We will fix it. The dynamics aren’t good at the moment, it’s true, but the team has the resources to recover, we’ll play on all fronts until the end.“And even if Real doesn’t do it”never stop winning“As the Italian tactician proclaimed, the “Casa Blanca” will have to recover quickly. Villarreal, Athletic Bilbao, Real Sociedad and Valencia join Meringues.
A more than sluggish recovery for the reigning English champions. A convincing victory at Leeds (1-3) then a draw at home against Everton (1-1). If Manchester City beat Chelsea (4-0) in the FA Cup, the SkyBlues are still struggling with two defeats in a row. Nothing to worry about for Pep Guardiola. “I’d say the inconsistency was in terms of results but not performance. In general, we have been consistent in our games.The Citizens have no time to procrastinate as they face Arsenal and Tottenham twice in their next five games. Erling Haaland’s teammates must take advantage of this, they are eight points behind the Gunners at the top of the Premier League.
With two consecutive draws since the resumption of the championship, Milan lose precious points in the race for the title and leave only Napoli at the top of the championship. reigning champions, Rossoneri they are now eight points behind the leaders and have no more time to lose.
“The World Cup is over“warned Christophe Galtier. Since the second half, Paris Saint-Germain have been advancing at a slow pace. Two Ligue 1 defeats in the last two weeks and PSG see Lens perilously close to the top of the table. “I won’t talk about concern, but there must be awareness“, assures the French coach. PSG have just under a month to get back on track before hosting Bayern Munich in the Champions League round of 16 on 14 February.
They are close to sinking: Chelsea, Liverpool, Atletico Madrid
“The reason why I accepted this assignment is because I was given the opportunity to structure a company that is in a phase of significant transitionGraham Potter still says it, in charge at Chelsea since the beginning of September. But the former Brighton manager hasn’t found the magic formula. Two wins in six games from the restart for the Blues, who then try to solve their problems by swinging millions. Almost 135 million euros already spent in this month of January, of which 70 (+30 bonus!) just for Mykhaylo Mudryk. Only tenth in the Premier League after 19 league games, Chelsea can try to save their season thanks to the Champions League. See you against Borussia Dortmund in February.
Vice-champion of Europe to the title, Liverpool sink completely this season. Just eight league wins and ninth place, level on points with Chelsea. “Either we change in the coaching position, or a lot of things have to change, strikes Jürgen Klopp. As for me, unless someone asks me, I won’t leave, explains the one who extended his contract until 2026. This means that we will have to change other things.“Fallen in the league, Liverpool will have to get rid of Real Madrid to qualify for the quarter-finals of the Big Ears Cup.
Fourth in La Liga, Atletico Madrid are just two points clear of ninth but eleven behind the Catalan leader. And the recovery didn’t help matters. Four points taken out of a possible nine in the league and… three players sent off in the last three games. The crisis is preparing for Atletico Madrid, who separated from Joao Felix this winter. Eliminated from all European cups, the Colchoneros will have to fight to the end to play in next season’s Champions League.
The Bundesliga is back
Last of the five major leagues to resume, the Bundesliga returns this weekend with a tantalizing Leipzig – Bayern Munich match this Friday night. Shortly before the international break, the Bavarian side resumed their usual leadership role, closely followed by the surprising team from Freiburg. RedBull Leipzig are third ahead of Eintracht Frankfurt and Union Berlin, long leaders of this league. Borussia Dortmund is only in sixth position.