After a two-week international break, the European championships this weekend. Small point before the recovery.
The international truce is over. The domestic championships resume their rights this weekend. Rankings, dynamics, most beautiful posters, return of the injured…Le Figaro tells you all about the five biggest European leagues ahead of the resumption.
League 1: Olympico and return of Lionel Messi
An enticing weekend in Ligue 1 in perspective. Paris Saint-Germain still dominates outrageously – 10 points ahead! – classification. But behind, the fight for European places is tough and tight between Racing Club de Lens (2nd), OGC Nice (3rd), Olympique de Marseille (4th), Stade Rennais (5th) or even Montpellier (6th) and Olympique Lyonnais (7th); the race to maintain is just as important with FC Metz (20th) AS Saint-Etienne (19th), Girondins de Bordeaux (18th), Stade Brestois (17th) and Stade de Reims (16th) or even Clermont Foot (15th), in difficulty after a promising start. Several beautiful posters are on the program and could move the lines.
Starting with the shock of this 14th day of Ligue 1: the Olympic, between Gones and Marseille (Sunday, 8:45 p.m.), two teams that need to win with poor performance or even disillusionment with OL. But earlier in the weekend, other interesting matches deserve to be followed, in particular the opposition between AS Monaco and LOSC (Friday, 9 p.m.), or the confrontation between Stade Rennais – which is in terms of points the best team of the moment – and the MHSC. The Parisian leader will receive FC Nantes (Saturday, 5 p.m.) and should be able to count on Leo Messi, recovered after knee problems, but not on Neymar who returned from selection with an adductor injury. In terms of injuries, note that Presnel Kimpembe, Léo Dubois – touched with the Blues against Finland – will also be unavailable; at OM, the situation of Cengiz Under, injured in the back with Turkey, will also be monitored.
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Premier League: shocks in numbers and the debut of Steven Gerrard
We must not miss the resumption of the Premier League. If Chelsea, with four victories in their last five meetings, sails alone in the lead, the other contenders for the title or a qualifying place for the next edition are held within a few points. Manchester City (2nd) is only three units away, as is the amazing team of West Ham (3rd), which remains on four successes in a row. Liverpool (4th), which needs to revive after its defeat against the Hammers, is a little further. Arsenal (5th), which is making an incredible comeback after a delicate start to the championship, is not left behind.
On the other hand, Manchester United (6th) must at all costs bounce back against Watford (Saturday, 4 p.m.) after disappointing results. This 12th day of the Premier League will start with a superb Leicester City-Chelsea (Saturday, 1.30 p.m.). Reds and Gunners will face off later in the day (6:30 p.m.) while on Sunday the Citizens and Spurs host Everton (3 p.m.) and Leeds (5:30 p.m.) respectively. Note that Steven Gerrard will make his debut on the Villans bench this Saturday against Brighton (4 p.m.), with the ambition of getting them out of their bad patch. Paul Pogba – injured during the gathering of the Blues – will not be on the lawns this weekend, just like his teammate Raphaël Varane, still affected. Edinson Cavani could, however, return after a tendon problem. Romelu Lukaku, for his part, has resumed training with his team and should be fit.
Liga: Xavi’s first on the Barça bench
The attraction of this weekend will inevitably be the first match of Xavi Hernandez on the FC Barcelona bench. A rather special baptism of fire. The 41-year-old technician starts this Saturday (9 p.m.) at Camp Nou during the Barcelona derby against Espanyol. He will be keen to win to make an impression and revive a team that is well behind in the standings. In front, Real Sociedad (1st) maintains a good rhythm. But she must be wary of Real Madrid (2nd) and Sevilla FC (3rd), who are only one point behind and who are on a positive dynamic.
Atlético Madrid (4th), after having conceded three draws in their last five meetings, needs points not to see their chances of retaining their title dwindle or even disappear. At the bottom, Levante and Elche must imperatively impose themselves to return to the race for maintenance. In addition to the Barcelona shock, it will be necessary to be interested in the opposition between Real Sociedad and Valencia CF (Sunday, 9 p.m.). Real Madrid, for their part, will travel to Granada CF (Sunday, 4:15 p.m.); the day before Sevilla FC receives Alavés (4:15 p.m.). Many important players will be unavailable this weekend: Joao Felix, just injured, Gareth Bale, touched again, Mikel Oyarzabal, still recovering… but it is especially at FC Barcelona that the absentees are likely to be numerous between the injuries of Ousmane Dembélé, Ansu Fati, Nico Gonzalez, Eric Garcia, or even Pedri, still sidelined, and Sergio Agüero, who has to deal with his heart problems.
Serie A: posters at the top of the table
The fight for the title continues in Italy. In good shape, Naples (1st) and AC Milan (2nd) go it alone at the top of the standings, with no less than seven units ahead of their main competitor, Inter Milan (3rd), which has been skating a little lately. weeks. Atalanta Bergamo (4th) is also in a positive spiral. Unlike AS Roma (6th) of José Mourinho which has collapsed lately after a good start to the championship. Down below, Cagliari (20th), Salernitana (19th), Sampdoria Genoa (18th) and Genoa (17th) are desperate for points. Three beautiful posters are planned for this weekend. On Saturday, the Rossoneri travel to the lawn of Fiorentina (8:45 p.m.); a little earlier Lazio Rome, perhaps without Ciro Immobile, receives Juventus Turin (6 p.m.) who must absolutely win to hope to join the fight for the podium. The Old Lady should be able to count on the services of Paulo Dybala, slightly affected with Argentina. On Sunday, don’t miss the big clash between Inter Milan and Napoli (6 p.m.).
Bundesliga: suspense and a Berlin derby
The intensity and long shots of the Bundesliga are also back this weekend. The championship is dominated by the defending winner, Bayern Munich. However, Borussia Dortmund (2nd) – which must recover after its misstep against RB Leipzig (5th), in good shape – is not very far, at only four points. After a difficult period, VfL Wolfsburg (4th) has recovered well while Bayer Leverkusen (6th) is having a difficult week. At the bottom of the standings, Greuther Fürth is still looking for its first victory of the season. She could intervene this Saturday against Borussia Mönchengladbach (3:30 p.m.), which is below expectations in this first part of the Bundesliga. This 12th day of the championship will open with the trip of Bayern Munich to the lawn of Augsburg (Friday, 8:30 p.m.), which will not be able to count on Niklas Süle, affected by Covid-19. On Saturday, Borussia Dortmund will host VfB Stuttgart, still without Erling Haaland, and RB Leipzig will challenge Hoffenheim (3:30 p.m.). On the same day, but a little later, Union and Hertha will face off in a thrilling Berlin derby (6:30 p.m.).