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Coronavirus: Alternate history – the previous 10 champions if leagues stopped

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If the previous 10 seasons in Europe’s top five leagues stopped where they have now, who would have been champions? We take a look.

Europe’s top five leagues have been suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic and there is widespread uncertainty over the future of the 2019-20 season.

Will tournaments be completed when conditions are suitable? Will things finish as they are? Will the campaign be declared null and void?

With the help of Opta, we look back over the previous 10 seasons to see who would have been crowned champions if the Premier League, LaLiga, Serie A, Ligue 1 and the Bundesliga had stopped where there are now.

Aguer-no!

It was an iconic moment in Premier League history. Sergio Aguero scored Manchester City’s second stoppage-time goal as they came from behind to defeat QPR 3-2 and clinch their first top-flight title in 44 years, beating crestfallen arch-rivals Manchester United to the trophy on the final day of the season.

 

However, if the campaign had been stopped where it is now it would have been United who were celebrating due to a one-point advantage.

It is the only occasion since 2009-10 that the team on top after 29 matchdays has not won the Premier League.

Atleti’s title wiped out

Atletico Madrid incredibly broke the Barcelona and Real Madrid duopoly in LaLiga in 2013-14, with Diego Godin salvaging a draw at Camp Nou on the final day to ensure they finished top of the pile.

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However, it was local rivals Real Madrid, led by Carlo Ancelotti, who sat three points clear after 27 games of the season, meaning Diego Simeone’s crowning achievement would not have occurred.

The only other instance of a team being displaced in the final 11 matches came in 2009-10, when Madrid sat ahead of Barca on goal difference but ended up seeing Pep Guardiola’s men go on to win LaLiga for a second straight season.

Juventus dominance broken up

Eight straight Serie A titles have seen Juventus create history in Italy, but they would have only managed five if the previous seasons stopped after 26 games – the total the majority of clubs have completed in 2019-20.

The Bianconeri went undefeated under Antonio Conte in 2011-12, although it was Milan who topped the table at this point in the campaign, meaning Massimiliano Allegri would have won successive Scudetti at San Siro.

Maurizio Sarri would also not have had to have waited until winning the Europa League with Chelsea last year for his first major title.

Sarri’s Napoli only surrendered top spot to Juve on matchday 27 in 2017-18 and they failed to recover it, missing out on their best chance to finish top since the Diego Maradona era.

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QSI off to the perfect start

The landscape of Ligue 1 changed dramatically when Qatar Sports Investments (QSI) bought Paris Saint-Germain in June 2011, although no silverware was added to the Parc des Princes trophy cabinet in the first season following the takeover.

However, they would have been crowned champions had the 2011-12 season finished after 28 games, denying a Montpellier side powered by the goals of Olivier Giroud an unlikely first Ligue 1 title.

 

There would have been bad news for PSG in 2014-15, though, as the trophy would have gone to Hubert Fournier’s Lyon due to a one-point margin.

Bordeaux would have made it back-to-back titles in 2009-10, too, with Marseille having made the most of a collapse that saw Laurent Blanc’s side slip from first to sixth over the final 10 matches.

Bundesliga business as usual

What changes with the Bundesliga title winners if you stop the previous 10 seasons after 25 games? Nothing.

Bayern Munich would have won eight championships to Borussia Dortmund’s two.

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Premier League: Manchester City Gives Liverpool its 19th Premier League Title, Ends 30 Years Title Drought

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Liverpool was crowned Premier League champions after Manchester City lost their match against Chelsea. After Chelsea’s 2-1 win over Manchester City on Wednesday night, Liverpool’s massive lead at the top became mathematically unassailable and the historic moment was all theirs.

Liverpool has been crowned Premier League champions without kicking a ball on Thursday as Manchester City ended the Reds’ 30-year wait to win the English title. Jurgen Klopp’s men sealed a 19th league title for the club with a record seven games left to play after second-placed City’s defeat left them 23 points adrift. Liverpool had moved within two points of the title with a 4-0 demolition of Crystal Palace at Anfield on Wednesday.

Liverpool-The Magic Team

Liverpool-The Magic Team

The Reds placed both hands on the trophy with an impeccable record of 28 victories, two draws, and just a single defeat, ending their 30-year wait for a league title.

Liverpool has become the butt of so many jokes over the years with Manchester United accelerating past them to 20 league titles with 13 plaques coming in the Premier League era.

Liverpool got the favor they wanted from Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

Willian’s 78th-minute penalty, awarded for a handball by Fernandinho, ended City’s two-year reign as champions after Kevin De Bruyne had canceled out Christian Pulisic’s opener.

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Liverpool has clinched the title earlier than any other Premier League champions, breaking the previous record of five games left shared by City and Manchester United.

Liverpool In Action

Liverpool In Action

It has been an agonizing wait for Liverpool fans across the world, with the coronavirus hiatus forcing them to put the champagne on ice after the Premier League has suspended in March with Klopp’s team two wins from the title.

The three-month delay was a final obstacle on Liverpool’s long road back to the pinnacle of English football.

Before next season becomes a topic of conversation, though, there are still so many records Liverpool can break and their immaculate win rate suggests it could be a formality.

The Merseyside club is on course to accumulate the most home and away wins as well as the largest margin of victory to go with their record of the earliest ever title win.

And their current total of 86 points tees them up nicely to break Manchester City’s record of 100 during the 2017/18 season with room to spare.

Manchester City had won the last two Premier League titles, but their campaign for a ‘three-peat’ never really gathered momentum and their next game, well, comes against Liverpool themselves.

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It will be a painful moment for Pep Guardiola and co if they follow what has become a Premier League tradition of staging a guard of honor for the newly-crowned champions.

Klopp has become the first German manager to win the Premier League, has been the architect of Liverpool’s renaissance since the former Borussia Dortmund boss arrived at Anfield in 2015.

Infusing his players with a belief in his “heavy metal” football and high-tempo “Gegen-pressing” game-plan, the charismatic Klopp has earned his place alongside Liverpool’s iconic former managers Bill Shankly, Bob Paisley, and Kenny Dalglish.

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Liverpool-FC-Squad-2020

Following years of underachievement, Klopp has brought his unique style and major trophies back to Liverpool.

It should be noted that they won the Champions League last season when they beat Tottenham in the final, 12 months after losing to Real Madrid at the same stage of the competition.

Liverpool was pipped to the title by Manchester City on the final day of last season, finishing with a record 97 points for top-flight runners-up.

But with Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino forming a formidable front three, Jordan Henderson a tireless presence in midfield and Virgil van Dijk imperious at the back, Liverpool have left City trailing in their wake this season.

 

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Premier League: Tottenham Confirms One Positive Case Of Coronavirus After The Fifth Testing Exercise.

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Tottenham have confirmed they have received the only positive test for coronavirus from the fifth round of Premier League testing results.
The fifth batch of tests took place on Monday June 01 and Tuesday June 02 2020.

A statement from Tottenham reads: “We have been informed by the Premier League that we have received one positive test for COVID-19 following the latest round of testing at our Training Centre”.

Due to medical confidentiality, the individual’s name will not be disclosed.

They are currently asymptomatic and will now self-isolate for seven days, in line with Premier League protocol, before undergoing further testing.

We shall continue to strictly adhere to the Premier League’s Return to Training protocol, which ensures our Training Centre remains a safe and virus-free working environment.

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Amazon will broadcast its remaining four games for free after Premier League resumption

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Amazon will broadcast its remaining four games for free after Premier League resumption

The American giant, which has part of the rights of the Premier League in Great Britain, announced Wednesday that it will offer in clear its four remaining matches with the resumption of the competition, on June 17.

Good news for British supporters. As the resumption of the interrupted season approaches (June 17), the American giant of online sales Amazon announces that it will air in clear in Great Britain the four Premier League matches out of the 92 remaining to be played this season which it has the rights.

These meetings will be visible through its Prime Video online streaming service, without the need to subscribe to the Prime offer.

Free also on Sky and the BBC

Sky Sports has announced that 25 of its 64 matches will be broadcast unscrambled on its Pick channel, while the BBC obtained the rights to broadcast four matches on terrestrial television (this will be the first time that the “Beeb” will broadcast live meetings of the English elite e since 1988). A total of 33 matches will therefore be in the clear out of the 92 matches that Sky Sports, BT Sport, BBC Sport and Amazon Prime will share.

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