Questioned hegemonies | Sports | THE COUNTRY

Questioned hegemonies | Sports | THE COUNTRY

Messi celebrates a goal in the last Barcelona-Celta that was played at the Camp Nou. In video, statements by the F.C. Barcelona, ​​Ernesto Valverde. Alberto Estévez

Reached the Christmas break, the league it gives off at its highest part a competitive aroma unknown in recent years. If last season Barcelona went on vacation with 45 points and nine ahead of the second, Atlético, this 2018 has closed with the lowest score (37) of a leader in the last ten years. And with his persecutor, also the team of Diego Pablo Simeone, just one victory away. At the return of Christmas, there will be League and that is great news. Above all for the amateur, fed up in recent times that at this point and could begin to sculpt the name of the champion on the base of the trophy.

Since the landing of Cristiano Ronaldo in the 2009-2010 season that led to the fierce competition with Messi, while redoubling the hegemonic duopoly Barcelona-Real Madrid, the League did not know as much narrowness in the top of the table in this segment of the course. In the absence of the recent champion of the Club World Cup dispute his game against Villarreal, never in those ten seasons the distance between the leader and the fourth classified had dropped seven points. In seven of those ten campaigns, the difference went over the ten points.

The overwhelming hegemonies bore and the attraction of football also feeds on impossible feats such as that achieved by Atlético in 2014 or Leicester in the Premier League in 2016.

The two defeats of Barcelona – plus four draws – and five of Madrid – two tied – have provided for the moment a more open championship than Spanish football appreciates. The last few days have left the feeling that Barça have already put the cruising speed. Since the Valverde team lost 3-4 with Betis, Messi is increasingly Messi, Suárez has dilated his goal scoring sensibility and Dembélé's speed is enough to make a difference as well as to get to work on time. To that arreón that has undertaken the Barça, the Athletic one has responded clinging to the result, to the delay of an improvement in the game and to how it fights from the 1 of January the possible march of Lucas to Bayern.

Madrid will rejoin with his recent title under his arm and the impression that everything could be worse. Like Simeone, Solari has pending a twist to the game and also the rehabilitation of the double bet that meant that Isco and Asensio took the step forward that demanded the departure of Christian. The Sevilla de Machín, who lost some bellows under the fog with his draw in Leganés, must confirm if he can prolong his alternative tag.

This questioning of hegemonies also occurs in England. Manchester City already knows that it is not immersed in the walk in which it turned its conquest of the Premier last season. The vertiginous Liverpool of Jürgen Kloop He has relegated him to second place in the table with four points of disadvantage. Pochettino's Tottenham, in full swing, also lurks at half a dozen points. The Boxing Day, December 26, compress the calendar. The ball does not stop in England and we will have to see how the three aspirants come out of such strenuous dates.

In Germany, the bold and fresh Borussia Dortmund has plunged Bayern into a crisis that seems to start to come out, but at six points of the head the Bavarian dictatorship is also questioned. Of the four major leagues, only Italy has a clear winner. Cristiano has extrapolated to Juventus his tyranny of the goal.

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