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What remains to be decided in the major European leagues?


The 2020/21 season is entering its final stretch with a lot of attention and excitement turning towards a summer of international football with the European Championship and Copa America, but just what remains to be decided in the major European leagues before that?

Whilst a number of clubs at the top level attempted to totally disrupt the domestic footballing pyramid with the creation of an ill-advised European Super League, the attention still falls on domestic football for the most part at the end of this campaign.

Juventus, Liverpool and Paris Saint-Germain are teams with a lot at stake in their final matches, although aside from in LaLiga Santander and Ligue 1, the titles have been pretty much sewn up.

Premier League: Liverpool looking for Champions League qualification

Manchester City have won the Premier League title at a canter once again, although Manchester United have been a lot closer than anyone would have predicted at the beginning of the season.

Leicester City and Chelsea both have the chance to secure Champions League football, however the fact they play each other on Tuesday evening means that Liverpool‘s destiny is in their own hands.

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Defensive injuries have made Jurgen Klopp‘s defence of the Premier League title virtually non-existent, but a run of victories towards the back-end of the campaign has handed the Anfield club a chance to sneak back into the Champions League.

A dramatic last-gasp goal from goalkeeper, Alisson Becker, handed Liverpool a victory against West Bromwich Albion on Sunday, and now two successive victories against Burnley and Crystal Palace will ensure the Reds finish inside the top-four.

For Chelsea and Leicester, the winner of their match on Tuesday will in all likelihood be in the Champions League next term, although Thomas Tuchel‘s side have the reprieve of being able to qualify through winning the competition, with their final against Manchester City being played later in May.

Serie A: Juventus aren’t in control of Champions League chances

Andrea Pirlo has been under incredible pressure as Juventus coach this season, especially after he failed to win the Scudetto for the first time in nine seasons.

Yet, things could get even worse for the Bianconeri with Champions League qualification out of their hands. Juventus‘ financial situation is perilous enough without the lack of Champions League money, but in order to qualify they will have to beat Bologna at home and hope either AC Milan or Napoli fail to win.

AC Milan play against Atalanta and Napoli face Hellas Verona, with both opponents having nothing to play for.

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The other European place up for grabs is the final Europa League place, which will go to either Lazio or Roma, with the lower team finishing in the Europa Conference League.

In terms of relegation, only one place remains undetermined and it will be either Torino or Benevento who fall into Serie B.

Ligue 1: Lille can take the title from PSG

Lille have been the outstanding story of the 2020/21 campaign, with Luis Campos working his market magic once more.

PSG have been sloppy domestically and have never recovered from a stunted start to their title defence, and now they have to simply wait and hope Lille slip up away to Angers on the final day.

A victory for Lille will secure the championship no matter what, however anything less will open the door to PSG.

For their part, PSG have less time to prepare for their Ligue 1 finale against Stade Brest due to the fact the Coup de France final is going to be played against Monaco on Wednesday evening.

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In terms of relegation there is one place to be resolved, with Nantes currently occupying the relegation playoff spot. Strasbourg face Lorient and Stade Reims face Bordeaux will all of those teams being eligible for relegation.

Bundesliga: Lewandowski out to make history

In the Bundesliga everything at the top of the table has been finalised. Bayern Munich have won the title with RB Leipzig, Borussia Dortmund and Wolfsburg qualifying for the Champions League.

Eintracht Frankfurt and Bayer Leverkusen will be in the Europa League, whilst Union Berlin holds the place for the Europa Conference League. Either Borussia Monchengladbach, Stuttgart or Freiburg can join them.

Only one relegation spot is left with Koln, Werder Bremen and Arminia Bielefeld all in danger.

However, the main focus for the neutrals will be on Robert Lewandowski‘s pursuit of history as he hopes to break and set a new goalscoring record in the Bundesliga.

Having equalled Gerd Muller‘s tally of 40 at the weekend, the Polish international is one goal away from setting a new benchmark.

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