Football does not stop at Christmas in the Premier and now not in the Italian Serie A because they understand that the dates are ideal to give luster to something that does not stop being an industry of leisure. Parties accumulate and the demand grows, but even so both competitions have consolidated at this time their two dominators. Liverpool send in England after coming back and thrashing Arsenal (5-1). This week, Juventus, who had come from a draw at the Atalanta stronghold, went through more hurriedly this week and overcame, with difficulties (2-1), to Sampdoria, with two goals from Cristiano Ronaldo and a goal voided by the VAR. Genoese in the final sigh. Both leaders lead with nine points of advantage over the second-placed team, waiting in the Manchester City Premier League match on Sunday in Southampton.
Liverpool travels with the foot on the accelerator table. He went out to play against Arsenal after learning that Tottenham, his closest rival, had fallen at home to Wolwerhampton (1-3). They hit the Spurs after five consecutive victories. "It's not worth playing 70 minutes or having quality. You need to be consistent to win the Premier, "coach Mauricio Pochettino complained after the match, asking for more energy from his players. Liverpool do not have that problem. He left willing to overwhelm, no matter how much Arsenal he had in front of him. After ten minutes, Mailand-Niles scored a goal and at the break he had already answered four times. First he came back in six minutes with two goals from the phenomenal Firmino, the second of them a gem. Just past half an hour Salah and Sadio Mané connected for the third. And in the last action before the break Salah caused a penalty and transformed it.
Firmino signed the win and his triplet to transform another penalty in a second part in which Liverpool, who next day 3 visit Manchester City, dosified efforts. Previously he had shown himself with his weapons, pressure and frenzy. He pummeled a lukewarm rival, unable to manage the advantage he found himself in. Even Unai Emery sat on the bench. In the second half of December his team has played five matches, one of them in the League Cup, and just won at home against Burnley. Already transits to 16 points of the leader and if the Chelsea exceeds this Sunday to the Crystal Palace it would be to five points of the fourth place.
In Italy there will be no league the next two weekends, a break at the end of a first round that is ditch with 17 wins and two draws for Juventus. He can suffer like in the last two games, but not more than his pursuers. Napoli, second in the table, won (3-2) with a final goal by Mertens to a rival in relegation zone, Bologna. Inter also had to hurry (0-1) to win on Empoli land. And now he is fourteen points behind the leader of a tournament in which Cristiano Ronaldo already leads the scoring chart with fourteen goals.