The Table Toppers in The Big 5 European Leagues


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The European leagues’ new season is already in progress. It is still considered a very strange season. There are lots of fixture congestionsthis season and games are being played at a very fast pace. 

There have been surprising leaders in the top five leagues. The most surprising has been the French Ligue 1. Paris Saint Germain the most dominant force in the French league is not on top of the table.  Here are the table toppers in the top 5 leagues;

1 England/Manchester City

Manchester City and Guardiola have continued to assert their dominance in the English Premier league. Manchester city now have a 12-point lead at the top of the table. They were on a 21match winning run (an English record) before they were beaten by Manchester united in the Manchester derby. Manchester City did not start on a good note. At some point, they were 10th on the table. They bounced back quite well and have been really impressive. Many pundits have touted them as potential winners of the premier league. If they do win, it will be their 3rd Premier league title in 4 years. They hold a 11-point lead over second placed Manchester United and a 12-point lead over third placed Leicester City. 

2 Spain/Atletico Madrid 

Atletico Madrid are one of the surprise table toppers. How they managed to beat Real Madrid and Barcelona to top of the table have received many plaudits from sport analysts and fans alike. Atletico Madrid could have been 10-15 points clear but they dropped crucial points against Levante(twice), Valencia and recently against Real Madrid. They hold a three point over second place Barcelona and a five point over third place Real Madrid with a game in hand. Atletico Madrid havea very tough battle in claiming the La Liga title but they do have the capacity in all areas to do so. It is definitely going to be a fight to the end. 

3 Italy/Inter Milan

Inter Milan like Manchester City did not start so well but now they are on top of the table. They hold a 3-point lead over neighbours AC Milan which will increase to 6-point if they win their game in hand against Serie A high flyers Atalanta. Their 3-0 win against AC Milan has made their title bids look serious. They hold a 7-point lead over title defenders Juventuswho have a game in hand. It will increase to a 10-point gap if they beat Atalanta in their game in hand. As the season progresses, Inter Milan are looking like the likely winners of the Serie A. 

4 Germany/Bayern Munich 

There is absolutely no surprise here. Bayern Munich are in their usual place leading the rest of the pack in the German Bundesliga. They hold a 2-point lead over 2nd placed Rb Leipzig. They recently beat Borussia Dortmund 4-2 in the Der Klasiker with Robert Lewandowski scoring a hattrick. They are well on their way to winning their ninth Bundesliga in a row. Bayern Munich are also doing very well in the Champions league.

5 France/ Lille

The French league has been the most surprising one so far. Lille has been impressive in the French Ligue 1. They hold a two-point lead over Paris Saint Germain. Lille has been more than impressive in the league. They have managed to limit a star-studded Paris Saint Germain to second place.

If they can manage to remain top till the end of the season, they would surely cause a ripple in the football world. It is also going to be a fight to finish in the French Ligue 1.

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