Several clubs have been experiencing difficulties since the resumption and are trying to repair them with millions of euros during this transfer window.
A month ago, Argentina shattered the France team’s dream of displaying a third star on their shirt. Lionel Messi and his band got rid of Kylian Mbappé and his partners after a legendary final (3-3, 4 to 2 on pens).
Since then, the recovery has been made little by little in the five major European championships. The Premier League, Ligue 1 and La Liga resumed in the last week of December. Serie A returned in early January. The Bundesliga resumes this weekend with an enticing Leipzig-Bayern. Overview of the biggest European clubs.
They kept a cruising speed: Arsenal, Naples
Surprising leader of the Premier League before this international break, Arsenal left on the same bases. Since the resumption, the Gunners remain on four games without defeat in the league, including three victories, and an easy qualification for the knockout stages of the FA Cup. “We have a job where we are really privileged, we can make a lot of people happy, savors Mikel Arteta, manager of the Gunners. Celebrating the win with the fans was a great feeling and the pain really comes into its own when you experience moments like this.Beware of overconfidence for the Londoners who host Manchester United this weekend before challenging Manchester City in the Cup. A busy schedule since the Londoners will find the Citizens in mid-February in the league. However, with eight points ahead of these same SkyBlues, Martin Ødegaard’s teammates can see it coming.
Two draws and only one defeat in 18 Serie A games: the tone is set for Naples. SSC Napoli did not flinch during the recovery. Defeated by Inter Milan 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 board: the elimination in the round of 16 of the Italian Cup by the modest club from Cremonese. At least Luciano Spalletti’s team will be able to focus on the championship – leader with an eight-point lead – but also on the Champions League. See you on February 21 against Eintracht Frankfurt.
The horizon is clear: Manchester United, Barcelona, Juventus
It’s a club without Cristiano Ronaldo that is advancing for this second half of the season, and it’s a team that is doing better. Manchester United remain on five wins in a row and a draw (in late game of the 7th day Wednesday evening at Crystal Palace) in the league and can now boast of having climbed to third place in the Premier League, just one point behind Manchester. City. The Red Devils also remain on a 2-1 success against the neighbor, and are still competing on four tables. Be careful all the same since the Mancunians will travel three times in the next four league games, not to mention the double confrontation against FC Barcelona in the Europa League.
Barça is doing well – or better, depending. Two victories in three league games, including a major victory over 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 quietly, concedes the Catalan coach. It’s a title, against Real Madrid, who are reigning Spanish and European champions… so yes, it’s a source of pride, and a relief. Since Leo left (Messi in the summer of 2021, editor’s note), we had difficult times, but now we have created a team. And I hope this is the first title of a long series.»
Before its debacle on the field of Napoli (5-1), Juventus Turin remained on seven straight victories in the league. A fine series which allowed the best defense in Serie A (12 goals conceded in 18 games) to get back on the Serie A podium. The Old Lady will however have to recover from this heavy defeat before challenging Monza this Thursday in the round of 16. final of the Italian Cup and to host Atalanta Bergamo in the league.
The boat pitches: Real Madrid, Manchester City, AC Milan, Paris Saint-Germain
We had left Real Madrid with mixed results: only one victory in the last three league games. And for the reigning European champion, the recovery is not going well. Sluggish victories against Valladolid (2-0) in the league and Cacereño (1-0), a fourth division club, in the King’s Cup. “It’s not a critical defeat, it’s a complicated part of our season, it happens, recognized Carlo Ancelotti. We’ll fix that. The dynamic is not good at the moment, it’s true, but the team has the resources to recover, we will play on all fronts until the end.“And even if Real does not “never stop winning“As the Italian tactician proclaimed, the “Casa Blanca” will quickly have to recover. Villarreal, Athletic Bilbao, Real Sociedad and Valencia come their way to the Meringues.
A more than sluggish recovery for the reigning English champions. A convincing victory on the field of Leeds (1-3) then a draw at home against Everton (1-1). If Manchester City swept Chelsea (4-0) in the FA Cup, the SkyBlues remain on two defeats in a row. Nothing to worry about Pep Guardiola. “I would say the inconsistency was in terms of results but not performance. In general, we have been consistent in our matches.The Citizens do not have time to procrastinate as they will face Arsenal and Tottenham twice in the next five games. Erling Haaland’s team-mates must take advantage, they who are eight points behind the Gunners at the top of the Premier League.
With two consecutive draws since the resumption of the league, AC Milan loses valuable points in the title race and leaves Naples alone at the top of the championship. reigning champions, Rossonerri are now eight points behind the Serie A leaders and have no more time to lose.
“The World Cup is over“warned Christophe Galtier. Since the resumption, Paris Saint-Germain has been advancing at a slow trot. Two defeats in Ligue 1 in the past two weeks and PSG sees Lens dangerously close to the top of the standings. “I’m not going to talk about worry, but there has to be awareness“, assures the French technician. PSG has just under a month to get back on track before hosting Bayern Munich on February 14 in the knockout stages of the Champions League.
They are close to sinking: Chelsea, Liverpool, Atletico Madrid
“The reason why I accepted this position is because I was given the chance to structure a club which is in a considerable transition phaseSays again Graham Potter, in post at Chelsea since the beginning of September. But the former Brighton coach has not found the magic formula. Two wins in six games since the resumption for the Blues, who then try to solve their problems by swinging millions. Already nearly 135 million euros spent during this month of January, including 70 (+30 bonus!) for Mykhaylo Mudryk alone. Only tenth in the Premier League after 19 league days, Chelsea can try to save their season thanks to the Champions League. See you against Borussia Dortmund in February.
Vice-champion of Europe in title, Liverpool sinks completely this season. Only 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 far as I’m concerned, unless someone asks me, I won’t leave, explains the one who extended his contract until 2026. So that means we’re going to have to change other things.“Dropped 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 only two points ahead of ninth but eleven behind the Catalan leader. And the recovery did not help matters. Four points taken out of nine possible in the league and… three players expelled in the last three games. The crisis is brewing at Atletico, which parted ways with Joao Felix this winter. Eliminated from all European cups, the Colchoneros will have to fight to the end to compete in the Champions League next season.
The Bundesliga is back
Last of the five major championships to resume, the Bundesliga returns this weekend with an enticing Leipzig – Bayern Munich this Friday evening. Shortly before the international break, the Bavarian team resumed their usual leadership role, followed closely by the surprising team from Fribourg. RedBull Leipzig are third ahead of Eintracht Frankfurt and Union Berlin, long leader of this championship. Borussia Dortmund is only in sixth position.