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Sergio Ramos (left) celebrates after scoring with Real Madrid midfielder Lucas Vazquez

Sergio Ramos (left) celebrates after scoring with Real Madrid midfielder Lucas Vazquez

With some big surprises in Europe at the beginning of the season, what's the current state in the biggest leagues on the continent?

The season opener of Real Madrid was so bad that after only 14 games with Sevilla at the top of the table by Julen Lopetegui separated, while Bayern Munich leaned his nerves and kept his own new coach Niko Kovac.

Meanwhile, PSV Eindhoven, Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain ran away with their respective leagues – what has changed since then?

La Liga: Real Madrid holds title hopes

Barcelona's lead was reduced to six points after a draw

Barcelona's lead was reduced to six points after a draw

They looked out of the title race for a while and as little as two games ago they were 10 points behind leaders Barcelona, ​​but real Madrid are back under Santiago Solari.

Five wins in a row have shot the title to the outside – and lifted from an unthinkable position outside the first four places to second place.

There were rumors last month that Florentino Perez could beat the ax against Solari after a 2-0 home loss to Real Sociedad. Without goals from Cristiano Ronaldo, as if they had gone out of fashion, they had previously scored only 26 of 18 hits. Meanwhile, they have rediscovered their touches. Karim Benzema scored three goals in as many games, and young Brazilian winger Vinicius is thrilled to be in a good form.

After a significant away win against Atletico Madrid to increase their chances of an unlikely second title in three years, Solari said: "Real Madrid always play for the league, we always play to the end, the competition is far from over keep doing what you're doing.

La Liga top scorers

rank Surname society Gates
1 Lionel Messi Barcelona 21
2 Luis Suarez Barcelona fifteen
3 Cristhian Stuani Girona 12

"Of course, Atletico Madrid will continue to fight for the title (to win) because it's a fantastic team with a great coach, and now that we finish second, we'll have to continue winning next week and now we're playing in the Champions League.

"We are happy now, but we have to keep our feet on the ground and keep working."

BarcaHowever, since November 11, they have dropped only six points and have left their own relatively slow start.

Lionel Messi is 21 points ahead and has flown throughout the season. It was at the other end of the square where Barca looked shaky and they only conceded in their first 13 games in the league.

Lionel Messi is still the captain of Barcelona

Lionel Messi is still the captain of Barcelona

However, they have conceded just four goals in their last ten games, which helped them despite a 0-0 defeat by Athletic Bilbao last weekend.

Boss Ernesto Valverde waved off the pressure and said, "We're ending this week just as we finished the previous one, we were up last week and we're up this week and if my calculations are right, we'll do it next week above, that's the situation.

"There are weeks when you earn more points, and there are weeks when you score less points, there are different types of games, there is still a long way to go and we have to come to the end."

Seville, who led the division until the end of November, is ranked fourth after two wins from ten Atletico Madrid Barca's closest challengers had emerged but had now suffered defeats against the Supreme League, the youngest in their cross-city rivals in the Wanda Metropolitano on Saturday.

Series A: Invincible Juventus?

Juventus is on course for the eighth time in a row

Juventus is on course for the eighth time in a row

With 23 games in Serie A Juventus are in full swing and look like they could repeat their wonderful, unbeaten 2011/12 season, having fallen only six points so far.

This means that even a respectable 52-point record by Napoli in the first season of Carlo Ancelotti at the top is not sufficient to pass any kind of title challenge, and they are already eleven points behind the leaders.

Massimiliano Allegris Juve could possibly Register for the record-breaking Serie A series and beat Antonio Conte's record of 102 from 2013/14. That would mean losing no more than five points in the last 15 games, but it's not something Allegri cares about anyway.

Massimiliano Allegri set a new record in Serie A.

Massimiliano Allegri set a new record in Serie A.

He recently said: "Contes record number of points in Serie A with Juventus, we will hardly beat it, what counts for me is the win at Scudetto, winning a thousand points is pointless, we have to be good at that moment. bring home. "

In every normal season Napoli would offer a constant competition and score 10 games between October and December with 26 points. This time last season they would have left Juventus only seven points behind, but the incredible form of the leaders seems insurmountable.

Series A top scorers

rank Surname society Gates
1 Cristiano Ronaldo Juventus 18
2 = Fabio Quagliarella Sampdoria 16
2 = Duvan Zapata Atalanta 16

Elsewhere, there is a nostalgic sight that completes the Champions League places Inter Milan and AC Milan both in the first four. If they stay there, the two San Siro clubs will be in Europe's best continental competition for the first time since 2011.

AC Milan has picked up the pace after scoring just 12 points from their first eight games of the season, although Gonzalo Higuain, who signed in the summer, signed only once, who had already packed his bags and headed for Chelsea went.

He was replaced by Krzysztof Piatek, who was signed in January for 35 million euros (30.7 million pounds) – just seven months after he had joined the former Genoa club last summer for 4 million euros (3.5 million euros) , The Polish striker has scored four times in his first four games.

Krzysztof Piatek celebrates his doubles at the first start at AC Milan

Krzysztof Piatek celebrates his doubles at the first start at AC Milan

Her shape has removed her a point from fifth place Atalantawho want to repeat their performance of 2016/17 when they finished fourth in the table. Duvan Zupata's 21 goals in all competitions have played a big role in their great season, which they see as Serie A top scorers and Coppa Italia semi-finalists.

Bundesliga: Bayern Munich is recovering

Borussia Dortmund has a five-point lead over Bayern Munich

Borussia Dortmund has a five-point lead over Bayern Munich

It was not so long ago that Nico Kovac's job was Bayern Munich He appeared to be hanging on a thread within a dozen league games of his appointment, while his new club eased Borussia Dortmund at nine points.

A 3-1 draw with Fortuna Dusseldorf threw the kick as if it was the last nail in the manager's coffin, but after receiving the execution execution he exploited the disappointment to score eight wins of nine and nine. Move within five points of Dortmund.

Lucien Favre has led Borussia Dortmund to the top of the German league

Lucien Favre has led Borussia Dortmund to the top of the German league

The leaders of Lucien Favre, who were looking for their first championship title for seven years, looked invincible for the opening phase of the season, before Dusseldorf was also a thorn in their side and their first and so far only despondency taste represented.

Bundesliga scorers

rank Surname society Gates
1 Luka Jovic Frankfurt 14
2 = Robert Lewandowski Bayern Munich 13
2 = Marco Reus Borussia Dortmund 13

But they have not taken their foot off their 15-time unbeaten start to the season. Two draws in so many games have given a slightly sour note in recent weeks, as a German daily noted last month: "Favre has the most exciting and fastest team in the Bundesliga, it's just as cool as under coach Jürgen Klopp and mostly pretty like a herd of galloping wild horses. "

Jadon Sancho is a key figure for Borussia Dortmund

Jadon Sancho is a key figure for Borussia Dortmund

Borussia Monchengladbach They are still on the clothes of Bayern and pursue a place in the Champions League, and they owe much of their success to the most common defense of the Bundesliga. The arrival of Michael Lang from Basel has helped him team up with his compatriot Nico Elvedi in a backline that is on track to have about 20 fewer goals than last season.

Ligue 1: A non-starter for PSG rivals

PSG was able to extend their lead to 16 points with their games

PSG was able to extend their lead to 16 points with their games

There are no prizes to guess who will run away with Ligue 1 again this season. By the beginning of this month, two draws in early December were the only blots PSG & # 39; s notebook

A surprise 2-1 loss at Lyon on 3 February was the first season opener, but after game manager Thomas Tuchel defended his team, he said: "It was a tough game as Lyon have a lot of quality and deserve to be in the knockout stages the Champions League. "

Kylian Mbappe is getting stronger with PSG

Kylian Mbappe is getting stronger with PSG

Do not be too hopeful of a collapse. Tuchel's team are 10 points clear after two games and four of the nine remaining away games face the teams under the seven.

Kylian Mbappe has returned in impressive form from the World Cup. He scored 18 goals from only 13 Ligue 1 and even left Neymar behind, before the Brazilian was injured last month.

Ligue 1 top scorer

rank player society Gates
1 Kylian Mbappe PSG 18
2 Edinson Cavani PSG 17
3 Nicolas Pepe Lille 16

In terms of the best of the rest, Lille Under Christophe Galtier, who took over the relegation-threatened club in December 2017 and held only one point last season, there was an amazing turnaround.

With 14 games to go before the end of the season, they have already surpassed their 2017/18 points and are currently in second place, with Nicolas Pepe, one of the few positives from last season, who has increased his level once again with 16 league goals ,

Nicolas Pepe shone for Lille this season

Nicolas Pepe shone for Lille this season

Brazilian Thiago Mendes also impressed in midfield as did former defender Jose Fonte of West Ham and Southampton.

LyonDespite the record wins over PSG in the league and Manchester City in the Champions League this season, the gap is in third place – 16 points behind the championship leader who has played two more games.

Eredivisie: PSV in the driver's seat

The PSV won all its first 13 games

The PSV won all its first 13 games

PSV Eindhoven were on the perfect season for a while. With thirteen victories to start in 2018/19, they were in a pretty good position to win the Eredivisie. They have since played two draws and lost to Feyenoord since then, but are still leading the table with 13 remaining games.

Their form is not unique. Last year, they had dropped by eight points this season, and this season they sank in a ruthless portrayal of their winning mentality under Mark van Bommel, who set the reins last month for Philip Cocu.

Eredivisie top scorers

rank Surname society Gates
1 Luuk de Jong PSV 20
2 = Dusan Tadic ajax 13
2 = Hirving Lozano ajax 13
2 = Fran Sol Willem II 13

Spare a thought for ajaxwho are doing their best to stay in touch with the league leaders and are six points off the top.

The Amsterdam squad is hosting the leaders on March 31 and hopes they will be realistic enough to keep hoping for a first league title in five years.

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