5 ‘Cinderellas’ lead these five important European leagues

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

February 27, 2021 · 21:44 hs

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.

Lille (France)

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.

Rangers (Scotland)

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.


Lautaro Martínez negotiated with Barcelona, ​​but renews with Inter

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Mexico City / 27.02.2021 12:56:11

Lautaro Martinez he stays with him Inter de Milan, the novel of his possible arrival in Barcelona came to an end.

In 2020 and still part of 2021, these rumors were discussed and there were even negotiations; However, all the problem that was presented to the culé team about the attempted exit of Lionel Messi, the change of technician Y directive, besides the goodbye to Luis Suarez, affected that possible hiring of the Argentine.

Thus, in an interview that Lautaro gave to the Italian newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport, he confirmed that There were negotiations with the Blaugranas, but their final decision is to stay with their current team for a long time.

“We were working on that, that was the way, I can’t tell you how close I was to that club. With Conte I was very clear: ‘my head is here, it’s a promise, I don’t let myself be conditioned.’ Now that’s past, I’m going to renew with Inter and I will stay here for a long time”He declared.

Lautaro has 15 goals and seven assists in the 33 games that Inter has played this season.

– How do you see the team this season? – “’Favorites’ is not a word that I like. Of course, this first place gives positive feelings. It’s nice that it happens because it’s not a coincidence, but the result of what we do with our coach. As he says, we are working to put Inter in the best possible position. “


I’m not saying he’s old, but he’s past his most important moment

Gianluca Pagliuca, former goalkeeper of Inter Milan and the Italian national team, spoke with ADN Deportes on the present of Chileans in Italian football and also had time to remember his friendship with Ivan Zamorano and the duel against the “Red” in the 1998 World Cup in France.

The ex-goalkeeper took the opportunity to make an analysis of how Alexis Sánchez has walked, ensuring that his best version has passed. “The best of Alexis has been at Barcelona and Arsenal. Here at Inter, it is still important, but it is no longer that young man, it is no longer that boy. I am not saying that he is old, but surely the most important moment where he was seen in his maximum form, has happened at Barça and Arsenal. I remember at Arsenal that he was a truly fundamental player. As in Barcelona, ​​as was Messi or Suarez, a fantastic player. And now here at Inter, he is probably a bit in a descending phase, he is still a great player, but he is no longer the best Sánchez ”.

Due to the role on the field, Pagliuca assures that the Chilean should act as an offensive midfielder. “For me Alexis can also play as a starting midfielder, but I think his role, having an attacker like LukakuIt is important that there is a forward, fast, slim, in support of Lukaku, Alexis integrates well with Lukaku and Lautaro ”.

Consulted by the other Chilean in the team, he was more critical of what Arturo Vidal has shown. “Vidal went to Juventus a fantastic player. He went to Bayer Munich and did it spectacular. In Barcelona he did well and has come to Inter and I think the truth is not the same Vidal that we saw in Juventus ”.

Regarding his memories of having shared with Iván Zamorano at Inter, he appreciated the sacrifice and commitment that “Bam Bam” had with his teammates. “Zamorano is famous as Totti, Vieri, Baggio can be here. He is a very important player, who scored goals. Then a very generous player in the campor. But he is surely one of the great players I have played with in my career ”.

He even had time to talk about what the duel between Chile and Italy was like at the 1998 World Cup in France. “I remember that game in Bordeaux very well. The jump of Salas against Cannavaro in the goal of Chile. Then we tied with Baggio’s penalty goal, thank goodness, because imagine, the controversy that was going to be set up. If we lost how they were going to criticize us in Italy. It was very clear that Baggio kicked the ball into the hand of the Chilean defender. In this case he was very clever and intelligent. With today’s rules, it would have been a penalty. But with the rules of 20 years ago, it would have been very doubtful to collect that penalty ”.