If LaLiga gives way to the King’s Cup this weekend, a Manchester City-Chelsea duel and a Tottenham-Arsenal derby are on the program in the Premier League, while in Serie A, Inter Milan, just victorious over the Italian Super Cup, goes to Atalanta Bergamo.
– England: shocks in stock. The 22nd day of the Premier League will be dominated by the shock between the leader Manchester City and their runner-up Chelsea, tomorrow Saturday in the middle of the day. Already ten points ahead of the Blues, Pep Guardiola’s men remain on eleven consecutive victories in the league and a twelfth would look like a K.-O. definitive in the title race for Thomas Tuchel’s band. The only team that could still possibly thwart the Sky Blues’ plans would be Liverpool, third on 42 points. The Reds receive Brentford on Sunday and have one game less. Sunday will also be devoted to the race for fourth place with a capital North London derby between Arsenal, fifth with 35 points, and Tottenham, sixth with 33 points, but two games more to play than their opponents. After a frustrating defeat (2-1) against City, with whom they had tied for an hour, on January 1, the Gunners must imperatively keep the psychological ascendancy over the Spurs. Eliminated in the semi-finals of the English League Cup by Chelsea on Wednesday, Antonio Conte’s men are undefeated in the league since the arrival of the Italian coach with five wins and three draws. West Ham, fourth with 37 points, will try to take advantage of the direct confrontation of their pursuers to widen the gap by hosting Leeds on Sunday.
– Italy: Inter as “superchampion” in Bergamo. Inter Milan left a lot of energy on Wednesday during the Italian Super Cup, torn from Juventus (2-1 after extra time), but consolidated its supremacy over Italian football. It is therefore a team in full confidence, at the top of Serie A (one point ahead of AC Milan) with a current series of eight straight wins, which is expected Sunday evening in Bergamo for the shock of the 22nd day. . Atalanta (fourth) can tremble given their home service, with only three wins in nine games (for three draws and three defeats). The last in the league, at Gewiss Stadium, ended in a slap against Roma (4-1). A possible defeat of the Dea could do the business of Juventus (fifth), on the lookout for three points (but an additional game disputed). The Bianconeri welcome Udinese (fourteenth) tomorrow with the desire to get ever closer to the top four, three days after the cruel defeat in the Super Cup. « The defeat five seconds from the end (of the match) hurts, but it must arouse anger in us to continue well in the league, in the Italian Cup and in the Champions League », underlined their coach Massimiliano Allegri.
– Germany: tests for tenors. The Bavarian leader in sixth, Cologne; the dolphin Dortmund against the fourth, Freiburg: the two tenors of the Bundesliga, separated by six points, will have a lot to do on the 19th day, against ambitious and in-form formations. Freiburg, the surprise team for the first leg, will challenge Borussia tonight in the huge Signal Iduna Park in Dortmund (81,365 seats) completely empty, behind closed doors. The Black and Yellow, always on alternating current, will have to stay focused and not be distracted by the media fuss around their star Erling Haaland, who is said to be courted by the richest stables in Europe, led by the Real Madrid and Manchester City. As for him, to go to Cologne, Bayern will have recovered almost all of its players affected by Covid-19 last week. The Rhineland team has just joined the peloton of the formations fighting for Europe, in sixth position, only three points from the podium. The man to neutralize for the Bavarian defense will be the French center-forward Anthony Modeste, author of four goals in the last three matches.
Coman extends Bayern contract until 2027
By scoring the winning goal in the 2020 Champions League final against Paris Saint-Germain, Kingsley Coman entered the legend of Bayern Munich: he has just extended his contract with the « Rekordmeister » until 2027 with, according to media, a substantial salary increase. Arrived in Munich in 2015, at the age of 19, the French international was linked to the club until 2023 by his current contract. He therefore agreed to return for the next five seasons… he will then have celebrated his 31st birthday. The player trained at Paris SG would have obtained 17 million euros per year, according to press reports, almost double what he currently earns. Last December, he put pressure on his leaders by hinting that he could leave. His coach Julian Nagelsmann then described him as « one of the best wingers in the world », and expressed the wish to « work with him for many, many more years ». He has been granted!
If LaLiga gives way to the King’s Cup this weekend, a Manchester City-Chelsea duel and a Tottenham-Arsenal derby are on the program in the Premier League, while in Serie A, Inter Milan, just victorious over the Italian Super Cup, goes to Atalanta Bergamo.– England: shocks in stock. The 22nd day of the Premier League will be dominated by the clash between the leader…