European Football Roundup 2/6/2020

George Floyd’s death has, quite rightly, permeated every facet of society. In the Bundesliga, Jadon Sancho showed his solidarity by revealing a shirt calling for justice after scoring, Schalke’s Weston McKennie wore an armband with the same message, and Lilian Thuram took a Colin Kaepernick knee after netting for the Foals.

Although the league seems irrelevant in comparison, much was decided in an entertaining double game week in Germany. Bayern will stroll to the title after winning 1-0 at their closest rivals Dortmund, although they have VAR to thank for not flagging Jerome Boateng’s handball in the box. Bayern’s other rivals also dropped points midweek to end any uncertainty. All four managed to bounce back with big wins on the weekend, but it’s too little too late.

At the bottom, there’s now precious little hope for Paderborn, who were thumped by Dortmund after three creditable draws. Werder have found a new lease of life, however, taking 7 from the last 9 and could move out of the drop zone if they win their match in hand against Eintracht. It’s shaping up to be a titanic tussle at the bottom, as Dusseldorf’s good form up until their drubbing by Bayern has dragged Mainz, Union and Augsburg into real danger. Even the Eagles are not yet safe.

Union have been on a desperate run without the support of their fans, as have Koln, but neither have matched the plight of Schalke, who have lost four from four, leaving David Wagner under increasing pressure. At the other end of the spectrum are a Bruno Labbadia inspired Hertha, who are loving life without fans. They’ve taken 10 from 12 and, after Bayern, are the league’s form team. (TABLE)

Fixtures have now been published for the first two rounds of fixtures. The Seville derby will get proceedings underway on the 11th, before Barca begin at Real Mallorca and Real host Eibar. League officials have promised there will be football every day until the planned end of the season on 19th July. (TABLE)

17th June is the restart date for the Premier League, although fixture details have not yet been announced. What is clear is that the make-up games (Man City vs Arsenal and Villa vs Sheff U) will be played first, which probably reflects the gamble that restarting represents. Should the season need to be called off, at least all clubs will have played the same number of games. (TABLE)

Serie A is slated to return 3 days later on the 20th, but there have been no announcements regarding fixtures. As Serie A was the first league to close down, they have the most fixtures to make up. There are concerns this could leave players exhausted with next year’s season just around the corner. (TABLE)

League finished. Winners: PSG / Champions League: Marseille, Rennes / Europa League: Lille, Nice, Reims / Relegated: Amiens, Toulouse / Promoted: Lens, Lorient / Legal Action: Lyon, Amiens (TABLE)

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