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EUROPEAN FOOTBALL REVIEW

CloudSports continues its weekly review of the biggest leagues across the continent, this week looking at a furious fight to survive in the Premier League, and Real Madrid's surge to a likely La Liga title.


Premier League


BATTLE AT THE BOTTOM


After Norwich City's relegation straight back down to the Championship was confirmed Saturday lunchtime, it looked increasingly likely that they would soon be joined by Aston Villa and Bournemouth - the pair sat six and seven points adrift of 17th place Watford respectively.


Nevertheless, wins for West Ham and Watford to pull themselves clear were expertly matched on Sunday, as both Bournemouth and Villa won to keep the battle alive.


Three games remain for each side to pick up valuable points, however, it still looks an uphill battle for those occupying the relegation spots to change their fate.


A little less clearer perhaps is the battle for European competition, as those below Liverpool and Manchester City will be in battle till the final matchday.


The three teams at the forefront of the battle for Champions League qualification - Chelsea, Leicester City and Manchester United - all failed to profit on others stuttering and remain tightly locked with a point separating the trio.


And the importance of getting in the top four is now of even more importance after Manchester City's ban from European competition for the next two camaigns was upheld on Monday morning.


This ultimately means fifth place in the Premier League will not be enough to have the chance to play on Europe's biggest sage next season.


La Liga


TITLE HYPE BECOMING A REAL-ITY


Real Madrid have arguably been Europe's biggest force in the last decade having won the Champions League four times in that period - retaining the trophy for three years in a row between 2016 and 2018.


It's been a different story domestically though, as their constant battle with rivals Barcelona means a stronghold in Spain has been hard to grasp.


Nevertheless, with two games to go only one win is needed to regain the LaLiga title - a feat which is made even more impressive after finishing 19 points off top spot in 2018/19.


Wins against ALAVES and Granada over the weekend extend their winning streak to nine LaLiga matches keep them four points clear of Barca who could potentially end up trophy less for the first time since 2007/2008.


At the other end of the table, Eibar are now mathematically safe after a 2-0 victory at already relegated Espanyol.


A seventh season for this Basque club is an incredible achievement for a municipality with a population of under 30,000, making Eibar the smallest location to have a team in the top division of Spanish football.


Serie A


LACKLUSTRE LAZIO'S LOSING RUN CONTINUES


Defeat at home to in form Sassuolo on Saturday continued Lazio's torrid run since the restart with five defeats in six games leaving them eight points of Juventus.


Simone Inzaghi's side returned to action neck and neck with the leaders but a momentus season looks to be pertering out.


Juventus themselves haven't needed to get out of second gear whilst heading towards a ninth league title in a row, as others have failed to capitalise on their recent defeat to Milan and draw with Atalanta at the weekend.


With six games to play, a tight battle for runners-up position looks the only consolation for Lazio - with Inter dislodging them in second and Atalanta just a point behind.



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









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