Paris Saint-Germain saw their lead in Ligue 1 cut to eight points as they were defeated by Lyon on Sunday. This game featured three great goals, including a late winner by former Manchester United man Memphis Depay. PSG were without Neymar for the game, and they then lost Kylian Mbappe to injury, and Dani Alves to a red card. Lyon moved up to second after the injury, and though PSG still have a comfortable lead, the Southern French club could certainly make things interesting going forward.
After a great start to the season, Inter Milan have struggled in Serie A as of late, falling behind title contenders Napoli and Juventus and in a dog fight to try and grab a Champions League spot for next year. Inter played well in the game Sunday against Roma, and they got a late tying goal from Matias Vecino. Roma keeper Alisson kept the game from becoming an Inter victory with some nice late saves. Though it was just a point, Joey Gulino of FC Yahoo believes this result could help kickstart a revival for Inter Milan this season.
Pre-signing agreements seem to be all the rage now in world football. This year RB Leipzig reached a deal for Naby Keita to join Liverpool next season, while Kylian Mbappe is on loan to Paris Saint-Germain from Monaco this year, with an agreement for the Parisians to buy him next year. The latest example of this is Leon Goretzka, Schalke’s very talented midfielder who agreed to a move to Bayern Munich. However, Goretzka will not be joining Bayern until his contract expires in June, so he will still be at Schalke until then. Schalke fans are clearing not happy with Goretzka, and they displayed a banner which told Goretzka in explicit terms that he is free to leave right now. Though the banner is harsh, as far as fan reactions to players goes, this is rather tame compared to some other high profile examples. At least no one threw a pig’s head on the field, right?
Speaking of Bayern Munich, our friends at the Bavarian Football Works have news of an interesting idea proposed in the Bundesliga, about possibly bringing a playoff to the league. Since Jurgen Klopp’s run at Borussia Dortmund, Bayern Munich have won the last five Bundesliga titles, and none of them have been particularly close. Not only have they been winning all the titles, but Bayern Munich are by far the richest team in the Bundesliga. An idea was presented by former Bayer Leverkusen boss Wolfgang Holzhäuser about instituting a playoff in the Bundesliga. Though there are not playoffs to decide league titles in the major European leagues, playoffs are not non-existent in soccer. MLS has playoffs of course, but there is also a playoff in Liga MX, as well as some of the South American leagues. Playoffs are usually dramatic, and would certainly increase the probability of someone else winning the title. The downside of a playoff is, because of the inherent chance and randomness of knockout games, it’s not the best way to decide who the best team in the league is. (Of course this isn’t necessarily a bad thing for every team besides Bayern Munich). Though there is no immediate change on the horizon, if Bayern Munich keep strolling to the league title every year, there might have to be.
He had to sit out half the season to get there, but Diego Costa is back where he seems most comfortable, at Atlético Madrid. Diego Costa has picked right back up where he left off, scoring goals for Atlético Madrid, as well as occasionally getting sent off. The time off hasn’t dulled Costa’s fiery spirit, and thankfully for Atlético, it hasn’t dulled his goal scoring instincts either. Though Barcelona are far ahead in La Liga, Costa’s return could spark a run in the league, and the Europa League for Atléti.
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