From a couple of title clinchers in France and Italy to some big teams missing big opportunities in the Premier League, here are the weekend winners and losers
The best way to forget the Champions League failure is winning the domestic title. After falling behind in the early stages of the game against Fiorentina, Juventus reacted, completed the comeback and then celebrated the team’s eighth consecutive Serie A title. A true hegemony in Italy, started back in 2011 under Antonio Conte, and now completed by Massimiliano Allegri.
It took longer than expected, but finally Paris can celebrate. The French title is Parisian, after the 3-1 demolishing of Monaco, courtesy of a Kyllian Mbappe hat-trick. The title was never in doubt, but over the last couple of weeks Thomas Tuchel’s men had slowed down, and needed to switch on again to secure the points to make it official. They did it.
Liverpool didn’t drop points, but nor did City, who had a much tougher opponent, and one that was seen as an obstacle in the title race. A Phil Foden goal was all that was needed to beat Tottenham and stay within reach of overtaking Liverpool, having that vital game in hand. The Premier League title remains in the hands of Pep Guardiola, in what will be one of the most exciting finales ever.
Thomas Lemar’s late goal against Eibar gave Atletico Madrid the three points and kept Barcelona within nine points, so mathematically the title isn’t Blaugrana just yet. But the victory over Real Sociedad at the Camp Nou was another step towards what will be Barcelona’s eight title in the last decade. Complete dominance of La Liga.
Overtaking Sevilla in the Liga table by beating them and snatching the fourth spot in the standings. Getafe are one of the biggest surprises in Europe, and managed to beat Sevilla 3-0, climbing up to a place that would mean Champions League football next season.
With Tottenham falling at Manchester City, and a disastrous Manchester United crumbling at Everton, Arsenal had a perfect chance to make the most of it, hosting Crystal Palace at the Emirates Stadium. The Gunners bottled it completely, losing 3-2 at home and failing to overtake Spurs in the table.
Tottenham, Arsenal and Manchester United had all dropped points over the weekend, meaning the Blues had a golden opportunity to take advantage had they beaten Burnley on Monday night. They failed to do so, despite scoring twice at Stamford Bridge. A missed chance.
On paper Lazio had the easiest match in the fight for Champions League football in Serie A, hosting an already relegated Chievo at home. Instead of winning and going one point behind fourth-placed AC Milan, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic got himself sent off, as the Biancocelesti lost 2-1 at home.
The race for a top four finish in Serie A is lit, as Atalanta beat Napoli on Monday and are now on a par with AC Milan in fourth. This is also due to the fact that Gennaro Gattuso’s men have picked up just five points in the last six games, including a dreadful 1-1 draw at Parma this weekend.
The most important match in the run-in for a top four-finish in La Liga was bottled completely, being destroyed 3-0 at Getafe and overtaken by the same rivals, who are now in a better position to clinch Champions League football.