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EUROPEAN FOOTBALL REVIEW

CloudSports continues its weekly review of the biggest leagues across the continent, THIS WEEK looking back on yet another shock Manchester City defeat, and a frantic fight to the finish in Serie A.


Premier League


SAINTS SURVIVE MAN CITY ONSLAUGHT


Pep Guardiola's defending champions Manchester City suffered a ninth league defeat of the season as a spectacular long range effort from Che Adams sealed a 1-0 win for mid-table Southampton.


City have looked impressive as a whole since the restart and unsurprisingly gained plaudits after beating newly crowned champions Liverpool 4-0 last week.


Nonetheless, defeat at the weekend continues a disappointing league season - losing more games than rivals Manchester United and Arsenal.


The League Cup winners do however have multiple fronts to fight on, with an FA Cup semi-final to look forward to as well as resuming their Champions League campaign.


Their place in the Premier League top four looks seemingly secure - albeit they face a ban from European competition next season - but the fight for places behind them is hotting up with Chelsea and Leicester in the ascendancy.



Serie A


RONALDO HITS THE HEADLINES AS JUVENTUS STUTTER


In an extraordinary set of events, Juventus suffered a second-half collapse on Tuesday night to lose 4-2 against Milan - despite Christiano Ronaldo's 30th goal in all competitions season giving them a tow goal lead.


The game was turned on its head in just five second half minutes, with goals from Ibrahimovic

Kessié, and Leão completing a turn around.


On a personal level though, Ronaldo hit the headlines once again - as goals against Torino and Milan this week mean 26 Serie A goals for the season, a feat he has achieved in each league campaign since 2007/2008.


Despite stutters along the way it is still looking increasingly likely the old lady will win their ninth title in succession, as Lazio failed to pick any points against Milan and Lecce and are now seven points behind with seven games to play.


La Liga


THE END OF THE LINE FOR ESPANYOL


RCD Espanyol may not be the most esteemed Catalan club competing in La Liga, however, a club with a proud heritage in Spain's top division is facing almost certain relegation.


And anything but a victory against city rivals Barcelona CF on Wednesday night will mean relegation to the second division for the first time since 1993.


With four games to play they sit 11 points adrift of 17th placed Eibar - a far cry from last season's success of a 7th placed finish and Europa League qualification.


In fact in progressing to the Europa League knockout stages they amassed just one less win than their entire league campaign and it certainly has been a fall from grace.


If history is anything to go by the omens do look somewhat enlightening for an instant return, as on each of the four previous occasions the club has been relegated they have bounced back to La Liga at the first attempt.


Rivals Barcelona will have work to do themselves, as they continue to chase Real Madrid who have a four point advantage at the top of the table.



HEADLINES ACROSS EUROPE


  • Porto's 5-0 victory v Belenenses puts them a step closer to regaining the Portuguese title from Benfica as they sit six points clear with four games to play. The 2004 Champions League winners have won the title once in the last six years, finishing as runners up to their title rivals on three occasions.


  • İstanbul Başakşehir aren't as used to title glory but are edging towards a first ever Turkish Super Lig triumph. They sit five points ahead of Trabzonspor - who have a game in hand - with three games to play. It is just Başakşehir's 12th season in the league compared to City rivals Galatasary who boast 22 titles in 62 years after pipping this season's potential winners to the title in 2018/2019.


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







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