While Juventus sealed the deal on the Serie A title, Real Madrid saw a lifetime of history thrown away in just four days – here are the weekend winners and losers
A tough night in Naples, but a victory that seems absolutely decisive in handing Juventus the eighth consecutive Serie A title. The Bianconeri scored with Miralem Pjanic and Emre Can, then suffered in the second half against ten men Napoli, especially after Pjanic was also sent off. Lorenzo Insigne’s penalty miss means Juventus have a 16-points advantage over their rivals now.
Riyad Mahrez was on the scoresheet, and that’s all Pep Guardiola’s team needed. Everton blocked Liverpool in the Merseyside derby, and now the Premier League is in the hands of Manchester City. It wasn’t easy for Guardiola’s men at Bournemouth, but these kind of wins are those that make a difference in the title race.
No AC Milan fan would have believed this just two months ago. The Rossoneri have overtaken Inter in Serie A and are now third in the table. Truly incredible. An own goal is all that was needed to get rid of Sassuolo at home, and Gennaro Gattuso’s men climbed to 48 points, making the most of Inter’s defeat at Cagliari. The Milan derby is just two weeks away and will be a mouthwatering encounter.
PSG’s record breaking campaign continues, as Kylian Mbappe’s double was enough to break Caen’s resistance and remain 17 points clear at the top of Ligue 1. Mbappe is now on 24 goals in 21 Ligue 1 games, as well as four in seven in the Champions League.
Phenomenal from the young World Champion, and phenomenal from Paris as a whole. They can concentrate on the Champions League, seeing as Ligue 1 is basically over. The team will be tough for anyone to face in Europe should they overcome Manchester United.
Two defeats in two home games against Barcelona in the space of five days. This is probably what hell looks like for a Madrid fan. Yet, it happened, and it was the end of any title hopes for Santiago Solari’s men. It was a historical defeat in El Clasico for Real Madrid. Barcelona now have more Clasico wins than Madrid: 96 to 95 for the Blaugrana.
After dominating for the season so far, Dortmund have been caught by Bayern. Both German giants are now on 54 points at the top of the Bundesliga, after Lucien Favre’s men fell at Augsburg and Niko Kovac’s team put five past Borussia Moenchengladbach. The momentum of the title race is now fully in favour of Bayern.
Just one point over the last two games, falling at Cagliari on Friday night and handing over the third spot to the city rivals. Inter are imploding yet again, as stripping former captain Mauro Icardi of the armband has destabilised the team and created unnecessary drama. The Nerazzurri have been playing some good football, but when results don’t come it’s difficult to stay calm.
The derby Roma needed to win to continue their chase for a Champions League spot turned into a nightmare. The Giallorossi conceded three against Lazio, never giving the impression of being able to get back in the game. Now Lazio are just three points behind Roma, with a game in hand. And the fourth spot is still three points away.