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First time ever for big 5 European Leagues – Competition bypass?

4 weeks ago
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Some worrying stats regarding the European Leagues.

You might ask why as a Newcastle fan I am taking a keen interest on who wins Ligue 1 and Serie A, never mind the Premier League…

However, I take a keen interest in all football, not just the misery of being a Newcastle United supporter.

Competition is at the heart of all sport, especially football.

Yet there are worrying signs of it being massively eroded, not just in England.

For the first time ever, the five clubs who have won the five major European Leagues (France, England, Spain, Germany, Italy), were also the five reigning champions from the season before.

It gets worse, all five of them (Man City, Juventus, PSG, Barcelona and Bayern) are odds-on to win their respective leagues next season as well.

The five clubs are also the financially most dominant, with the possible exception of Barca on a level with Real Madrid.

If you look at the kind of points differences, the gaps tend to be pretty extreme as well, back to the rest.

You have odd exceptions but Liverpool still couldn’t get ahead of Man City despite just one defeat all season, City getting 98 points after 100 the season before. Whilst for the scousers, you have to think they have missed their best chance and will get nowhere near the 97 points they got this time. Chelsea were 26 points bend Man City in third.

Bayern dipped this season and got six points less than last time but even an exceptional season for Dortmund still only got them to within two points (Leipzig in third 12 points behind).

Whether it is domestic competitions or Champions League, all the momentum appears to be with trying to make the rich richer and turn those at the very top into near untouchables.

PREMIER LEAGUE

2017/18

Manchester City end season 19 points ahead of Man Utd and 23 in front of Spurs.

2018/19

Manchester City end season 1 point ahead of Liverpool and 26 in front of Chelsea.

SERIE A

2017/18

Juventus end season 4 points ahead of Napoli and 18 in front of Roma.

2018/19

Juventus (1 game left to play) 11 points ahead of Napoli and 24 in front of Atalanta.

BUNDESLIGA

2017/18

Bayern end season 21 points ahead of Schalke and 29 in front of Hoffenheim.

2018/19

Bayern end season 2 points ahead of Dortmund and 12 in front of RB Leipzig.

LIGUE 1

2017/18

PSG end season 13 points ahead of Monaco and 15 in front of Lyon.

2018/19

PSG (1 game left to play) 16 points ahead of Lille and 22 in front of Lyon.

LA LIGA

2017/18

Barcelona end season 14 points ahead of Atletico and 17 in front of Real Madrid.

2018/19

Barcelona end season 11 points ahead of Atletico and 19 in front of Real Madrid.

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