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The international break left the end of the qualifying phase for the EURO 2020 and numerous friendlies throughout the world, but the players are already back in their clubs and are preparing to face a new league matchday. With great games like Manchester City-Chelsea, Milan-Napoli or Real Madrid-Real Sociedad, we review the highlights of the weekend in the Top 5 European leagues.
The news of the week in England was in the dismissal of Pochettino and the arrival of José Mourinho as new coach of Tottenham (14th), and the Portuguese coach will be precisely the one that opens the 12th matchday on Saturday at 12:30 when his new team visit West Ham (16th) in one of the London derbies. Both teams are in a negative streak and will look for a victory that takes them away from the last positions in the standings. But most of the looks will be located in Manchester, where City (4th) will want to forget its last defeat against Liverpool (1st) getting the three points against a Chelsea (3rd) side seats one point ahead in the table. Precisely the ‘reds’ lead the English league comfortably and will at least try to maintain their advantage in their visit to Crystal Palace (12th).
While Levante (12th) and Mallorca (16th) will open the day this Friday, the 14th matchday will live a new episode of the fight between Barcelona (1st) and Real Madrid (2nd) for the first place in the standings. While the Catalans will visit Leganes (20º), the ‘blancos’ receive in the Santiago Bernabeu a dangerous Real Sociedad (5º) that is located only two points behind both leaders. Atlético de Madrid (3rd) and Sevilla (4th) will also opt for the lead with two away matches against Granada (8th) and Valladolid (13th), respectively. In addition, there will be other attractive duels such as Betis (17th) - Valencia (9th) and Osasuna (10th) - Athletic (6th).
The 13th matchday in Italian football will begin on Saturday with the attractive duel between Atalanta (5th) and Juventus (1st), in which the 'bianconeri' will try to maintain the point of advantage over Inter (2nd), which in that same day will visit Torino (11th). The other great meeting of the weekend will be played by Milan (14th) and Napoli (7th), two teams that need to improve to fight again in the high zone of the standings. On Sunday the attention will be distributed between Lazio (3rd) and Cagliari (4th), who will play as visitors against Sassuolo (13th) and Lecce (16th) respectively, with the intention of maintaining their Champions League place.
Borussia Mönchengladbach (1st), surprising leader of the German league, will try to defend their four points advantage at the head of the standings when they visit Union Berlin (11th) on Saturday, although before Borussia Dortmund (6th) will open the matchday on Friday against Padeborn (18th). In addition, Bayern Munich (3rd) will travel to face Fortuna Düsseldorf (13th) after winning 'Der Klassiker' in their last game, while Leipzig (2nd) will try to cut distances with the leadership when they play at home against Cologne (17th), and Freiburg (4th) faces a complicated duel against Bayer Leverkusen (8th).
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French football also resumes on Friday with the most attractive clash of matchday 14 between PSG (1st), which has won 6 of its last 7 games, and Lille (5th). Already on Saturday, a depressed Lyon (14th) receives Nice (13th) and Angers (3rd) will do the same with Nimes (20th), while Saint-Ettiene (4th) and Olympique Marseille (2nd), two of the top aspirants to end the reign of PSG, will play on Sunday against Montpellier (6th) and Toulouse (19th), respectively.
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