Five tournaments – LaLiga Santander, Serie A, Ligue 1, Primeira Liga and the Scottish Premier – could have a different champion than those who are used to winning in the last decade. Although at least ten dates are missing in each one of them, the cards are drawn and these teams have become favorites
The Bundesliga and the Premier League are led by two big favorites: Bayern Munich and Manchester City, respectively. However, the situation is different in other European leagues, because at least 12 of the top 25, according to ‘UEFA coefficient’, could have a different champion to those who come ‘reigning’ in the last decade. Here are five of them.
Atlético de Madrid (Spain)
In LaLiga of Spain, the group directed Diego ‘Cholo’ Simeone had the best start in its history: 50 points in the first 19 days. Although they have lost in their last five games, adding only two victories, they are still two points ahead of Barcelona and three points over Real Madrid. One of the keys was hiring Uruguayan forward Luis Suárez, the second best scorer of the tournament.
Inter de Milan (Italy)
Although it is the second most winning club in Serie A, has not held a title since 2010. Juventus has nine consecutive championships (between 2012 and 2020) but could see its reign fall this season. Antonio Conte’s Inter is four points ahead of AC Milan and seven over Juve. In addition, he has the most lethal duo in Italian football: Romelu Lukaku and Lautaro Martínez.
PSG’s hegemony could suffer another hard setback this year (They won seven of the last eight Ligue 1, losing only in 2016/17 to Monaco). The modest Lille looks pretty solid this season, although it only has four leagues in its showcase. The modest team has the best defense of the tournament: 16 goals conceded in 26 dates. In addition, they have one point more than PSG, with one game less.
Sporting CP (Portugal)
The last time the Lisbon team won a Primeira Liga was in the 2001/02 campaign. This year has 10 points of advantage over Porto, with 13 dates to play. In addition, they have already won the League Cup. His scoring card is not exactly a forward center: Pedro Gonçalves, the tournament’s top scorer with 14 goals. In addition, they are the best defense: 10 goals conceded in 21 games.
The team led by English legend Steven Gerrard lives a crazy season. They are unbeaten in 30 games – with 26 wins and four draws – and are 15 points ahead of Celtic. In addition, they have scored 73 goals and received only nine. Although they haven’t won a Scottish Premier since 2011, this year they could win it long before the end of the campaign.