Premier League

Europe Weekend Review: Chelsea And Barcelona Go Top

psgvmonacoBarcelona are back at the top of La Liga and Chelsea are the new leaders in England, after an action packed weekend that culminated in a 1-1 draw between the billionaires in France.

Two of the richest clubs in the world battled to a 1-1 draw in Monaco as PSG and AS Monaco shared the points.

“A draw in Monaco is not a bad result,” said Blanc, whose side remain five points clear. “Monaco are a competitor. They have ambition.”

Beneath the top two, Lille finally picked up their first league win of 2014, beating second-bottom Sochaux-Montbéliard 2-0 to move three points ahead of fourth-placed Saint-Étienne, who drew 0-0 at Toulouse.

Did the pressure get to Atletico Madrid this weekend? After opening up a three point gap at the top of La Liga a week ago, Diego Simone’s side surprisingly lost 2-0 away to Almeria. That defeat opened the door for heavyweights Barcelona and Real Madrid to close the gap at the top of the table and they did with Madrid beating Villarreal 4-2 and Barcelona beating Sevilla 4-1. The last game of the season has Atletico visiting the Camp Nou. Will that be the title decider?

Juventus missed the chance to move 11 points clear at the top of Serie A standings after conceding a last-gasp equaliser in a 2-2 draw at Hellas Verona. Juve were 2-0 up in the game and cruising, but Antonio Conte’s side were uncharacteristically poor defensively and let Hellas back in the game.

Nevertheless Juve remain nine points ahead of Roma after the second-placed side drew 0-0 at city rivals Lazio, with Napoli another three points back following their 3-1 victory over AC Milan.

Philipp Lahm ended a three-year goal drought as Bayern Munich their 13-point cushion at the head of the Bundesliga by beating Nürnberg in the Munich derby. Elsewhere, Bayer Leverkusen tightened their grip on second spot with a 1-0 win over Borussia Mönchengladbach, while Borussia Dortmund thumped Werder Bremen 5-1.

Eden Hazard hit a sublime hat-trick as Chelsea overpowered Newcastle United 3-0 at Stamford Bridge and pulled a point clear at the Premier League summit. The big story of the weekend though what how Arsenal were dismantled 5-1 by Liverpool, who scored four times inside the opening 20 minutes.