the weekend’s stakes at the European Championships

When the dice are rolled in France and Spain, the mano a mano continues in Serie A and in the Premier League for the crowning glory in the championship.

After this week’s pulse-pounding Champions League semi-finals, Europe’s football weekend promises to be just as enticing with the distance battle for the title between the two Milan in Italy and between Manchester City and Liverpool in England.

† England: a turning point in the title race?

The distance battle between Manchester City and Liverpool, separated by just one point at the top of the Premier League, could experience a major turning point on the 36th day.

Will the new disillusionment recorded on Wednesday in the Champions League semi-final have an impact on the morale of the Citizens, who receive Newcastle on Sunday at 5.30pm?

In any case, it will be a real mental test after a crazy scenario against Real Madrid (4-3, 1-3 ap) that resulted in a painful elimination.

This is all the more true as Liverpool will have the chance to temporarily overtake them on Saturday (8:45pm), even if they have a delicate game against Tottenham, 5th, who are aiming for qualification in C1.

Qualified for their third Champions League final in five years by toppling Villarreal on the return (3-2), the Reds have reason to be euphoric, quite the contrary, while a historic fourfold increase is within reach.

We will also have to follow the reaction of Chelsea, who welcome Wolverhampton (4pm) on Saturday, after their defeat at Everton, weakening their 3rd place, while Arsenal, trailing them by three units, receive Leeds on the brink of the red zone (17th), Sunday at 3 p.m.

† Italy: tension at all levels

Serie A now has its four representatives in the Champions League next season (AC Milan, Inter Milan, Naples and Juventus). But for the title, the tension remains total with three days to go.

If the top four are mathematically still in the race, the battle now mainly comes down to the Milan derby.

Inter, second two points behind leader Rossonero, can temporarily retake the lead on Friday evening (6.45 pm) with success at Empoli (14th), five days before the Italian cup final against Juventus Turin.

AC Milan, favored by a particularly favorable difference in the event of a points tie with the Nerazzurri, will travel to Hellas Verona on Sunday (8:45 p.m.) to extend their unbeaten run (13 games) and retain pole.

† Spain: battle for Europe behind Real champions

Behind Real Madrid, crowned champions for the 35th time last weekend, runner-up Barcelona can secure his place in the Champions League.

The Catalans travel to Seville on Saturday (9 p.m.) on the Betis pitch, 5th at eight lengths. The Andalusians need to win to keep dreaming of qualifying for the C1.

Atlético, who occupy fourth place with a three-point lead over Betis, will host Real Madrid on Sunday (9pm) for a Madrid derby that promises to be.

The “White House”, in full euphoria after the La Liga coronation and the stunning qualification to the Champions League final, will try to ruin the life of its neighbor and rival.

Sevilla FC goes on Sunday (4:15 pm) on the lawn of Villarreal (7th), Tuesday with praise eliminated in the semi-finals of the Champions League and that is aiming for a place in the Europa Liga.

† Germany: Leipzig on the cutting edge

For this 33rd and penultimate day of the Bundesliga, the battle is still fierce for the two remaining places in the Champions League, behind Bayern (already crowned) and Dortmund, almost assured of second place.

Leipzig, which is still on two consecutive defeats, left the Top 4 and is one point behind the fourth and final qualifier for the C1, Freiburg. On Sunday, the RB will receive Augsburg (7:30 p.m.).

Committed to three fronts in recent weeks, the Championship, the Europa League and the German Cup (in which it will play the final against Freiburg on May 21), the Saxon club has everything to gain… and everything to lose in this ending. The season.

Freiburg, which has its European destiny in its hands, will play at home against Union Berlin on Saturday (3:30 pm).

For Leverkusen, third with three points ahead of Freiburg, it is mainly a matter of not taking any wrong steps: Bayer moves on Saturday (3:30 pm) to Hoffenheim, which has nothing left to lose or gain.

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