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EUROPEAN FOOTBALL REVIEW

CloudSports continues its weekly review of the biggest leagues across the continent, looking back on a crowning glory in the Premier League, and a dramatic final day in the Bundesliga as just some of the highlights...


Bundesliga

BREMEN LIVE TO FIGHT ANOTHER DAY

As the regular Bundesliga season drew to a close on Saturday, relegation and European places were the main topic on agenda.


The league table looked a foregone conclusion going into the final day's play - with Bremen needing victory and a Dusseldorf defeat - but this was far from the end result.

Both elements of Werder Bremen's redemption came off resoundingly, as they capitalised on Fortuna Düsseldorf losing and thrashed Köln 6-1 to avoid automatic relegation.

Although they aren't out of the woods yet, Bremen get a crack at survival - starting on Thursday night with the first leg of their relegation play-off with second division side Heidenheim.

Elsewhere, Mönchengladbach secured Champions League qualification ahead of Leverkusen, and second place Dortmund succumbed to a 4-0 defeat at home to Hoffenheim - a victory securing the away side Europa League qualification.

La Liga

REAL REDEMPTION FORTHCOMING?

Unlike previous years it seems Spain is no longer the country domination in Europe's premier competitions; however, the galactic might of Barcelona and Real Madrid will have to be at the peak of their powers in a tense title run in.

Nonetheless, two slips up in a week from Barca mean Real have the opportunity to make a decisive blow when they face Getafe on Thursday night - a win would move them four points clear with five games to play.

Just two titles wins have come in the last ten years for Real despite being formidable in the Champions League, but they look favourites to break a Barcelona stronghold in the league after the Catalan club drew against both Celta Vigo and Atlético this week.

Lionel Messi scored is 700th goal in professional football to give them the lead against the latter, but the moment was overshadowed after failing to secure victory once more.

Serie A

BRESCIA ON THE BRINK ON SERIE B RETURN

After a league title and promotion in 2018/19, Brescia look set to be relegated straight back down to Serie B.

A 6-0 defeat at the hands of Inter leaves them eight points adrift of survival with nine games to play.

Their first top-flight season in eight years was filled with much promise with the homecoming of Mario Ballotelli last year, however, the move backfired and the Italian striker has since moved on.

Of the teams above fighting relegation, a tight pack of Spal, Lecce, Genoa and Udinese have all failed to register victory since the restart so far.

Premier League

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE RACE HOTTING UP

With Liverpool now confirmed as Champions and Manchester City comfortable in 2nd place, the attention now turns to an evidently large pack behind all fighting for European places.

A host of teams are looking at a top four finish - where 4th usually secures a Champions League play-off position - and this season could easily see a shock contender on the cards.

Leicester City have been way off the higher reaches of the table since their remarkable Premier League triumph in 2016 but have looked comfortable in the top four positions all season.

Nonetheless, the foxes are winless since the restart and defeat against Everton now leaves them susceptible to being overtaken.

As Frank Lampard's Chelsea lost at West Ham - after an unconvincing performance led to a 3-2 defeat - Wolves and Manchester United kept up impressive form to bridge the gap to Leicester to just three points.


Look out for our weekly European football review again next week and follow us on twitter @CSportsFootball for more content.




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