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Juventus, PSG and Barcelona dominating as we enter the business end of the season across Europe

The final international break of the season allows club sides across the continent to regroup and take stock ahead of the business end of the season.

There is hardly any doubt across Europe over where most of the domestic titles are heading this season but there remains some fascinating issues to sort out nevertheless.

Here, Sportsmail takes a look at the top divisions across Europe and assesses the state of play in each as we enter the home straight. 

La Liga

Barcelona pretty much have the title secured with 10 games remaining. Lionel Messi and Co are 10 points clear of Atletico Madrid and 12 ahead of Real as they close in on a fourth championship in five seasons.

The real drama is focused around who will secure the final Champions League spot with two smaller names firmly in contention. Getafe currently occupy fourth place and are two points ahead of Alaves.

Just one point behind them are Sevilla and Valencia are also in the running, but 16 draws in 28 games have hindered their progress.

There is also a fierce battle for survival featuring two teams who are used to finishing in the upper echelons of the standings. Celta Vigo, who were Europa League semi-finalists against Manchester United two years ago, are four points adrift of safety. 

Villarreal are also perilously close to danger but do have that four-point cushion over Celta. They also  have a Europa League quarter-final to look forward to but will that be a distraction in the race for survival? 

Lionel Messi and Co are 10 points clear of Atletico Madrid and 12 ahead of Real in La Liga

Lionel Messi and Co are 10 points clear of Atletico Madrid and 12 ahead of Real in La Liga

Bundesliga

Unlike the other major European leagues, Germany is the only one with a genuine title race still to look forward to.

After a sloppy start to the season, Bayern Munich have now reeled in a young Dortmund side who were flying earlier this year. Three wins in seven Bundesliga matches has allowed Bayern to leapfrog Dortmund into top spot on goal difference.

Niko Kovac’s side are looking for a seventh domestic title in a row and will hope their experience can drive them over the line. There is a five-way battle for the final two Champions League places with RB Leipzig, Borussia Monchengladbach, Frankfurt, Bayer Leverkusen and Wolfsburg all in contention. 

Manchester City proved last week just why Schalke are in a relegation battle. They are three points above Stuttgart, who occupy the relegation play-off place, and need to turn their form around urgently to pull clear. 

Bayern Munich have now reeled in a young Dortmund side who were flying earlier this year

Bayern Munich have now reeled in a young Dortmund side who were flying earlier this year

Serie A

Juventus looked to be on course for an unbeaten season but their imperious record came crashing down on Sunday as they lost for the first time this season – 2-0 at Genoa.

Fear not, they are still 15 points clear of Napoli in the table and closing in on an eighth consecutive title with the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo elevating them to yet another level and making them favourites to win the Champions League.

Milan finally looks to be on the up after years of mediocrity with both Inter and AC currently occupying the final two Champions League places.

There is a growing threat from Rome though with Roma four points adrift of fourth place and Lazio, who have a game in hand against lowly Udinese, six behind AC Milan.

Parma’s return to the Italian top flight looks set to finish with safety as they comfortably sit in mid-table, while anybody from Cagliari down looks to be in danger of joining Frosinone and Chievo in Serie B next season.  

Juventus are 15 points clear of Napoli in the table and closing in on an eighth consecutive title

Juventus are 15 points clear of Napoli in the table and closing in on an eighth consecutive title

Ligue 1

20 points clear at the top with a game in hand. Paris Saint-Germain’s dominance in France is becoming increasingly farcical as they sleepwalk to another Ligue 1 title.

Since Monaco’s title-winning side of 2016-17 was obliterated in the transfer market, nobody has come close to landing a glove on Thomas Tuchel’s side and he looks set to win major honours in his debut season in the French capital.

Lille barely avoided relegation last season but regrouped in the summer and are now in second place and on course for Champions League football.

Lyon, who were beaten by Barcelona earlier this month, are in third place and will want to overtake Lille to avoid playing in the Champions League qualifying rounds next season.

Marseille are battling for the sole French spot in next season’s Europa League against Saint-Etienne, Reims and Montpellier, while Monaco are showing gradual signs of improvement after Thierry Henry’s abysmal spell as manager and should move well clear of relegation by the time the season concludes. 

PSG's dominance in France is becoming increasingly farcical as they sleepwalk to another title

PSG’s dominance in France is becoming increasingly farcical as they sleepwalk to another title

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Eredivisie 

Champions League quarter-finalists Ajax may have stunned Real Madrid at the Bernabeu but they are facing a tough task to usurp PSV Eindhoven at the top of the Eredivisie. 

Mark van Bommel’s side, who earned a credible point over Spurs earlier this season, are chasing a fourth title in five years and currently boast a five-point lead over their rivals from Amsterdam.

Primeira Liga 

The title race is just as fascinating in Portugal with Benfica and Porto exchanging blows at the summit with eight games to go.

Benfica struck a major blow when they beat the Champions League quarter-finalists at Estadio Dragao at the start of the month and that has led to them leading the way on goal difference.

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