It’s been a great start to the second half of the season for the Wolves. After winning a highly-emotional match against Bayern following the death of Junior Malanda last month, Wolfsburg were also able to seal the transfer of World Cup winner Andre Schurrle on deadline day. Though drawing Frankfurt on February 10 hurt their chances to hunt Bayern, the Wolves look primed for a return to the Champions League next season.
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PSG have won three straight in Ligue 1 and six straight in all competitions. More impressively, in those six wins, PSG had eight different goalscorers. See? It’s not just a one-man, er, one-Zlatan team! Though they remain two points back on surprising league leaders Lyon, PSG are clearly on the up and up.
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Lyon have truly made it a three-horse race in Ligue 1. While Marseille are struggling (three losses in their past six games) and PSG continue to climb back from a poor first half of the season, Lyon have vaulted to the top by losing just one of their last 15 games.
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City will be kicking themselves after a horrible past three weeks. The Citizens wasted a golden opportunity to draw within two points on Chelsea last weekend, settling for a draw against a side missing Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas. This latest draw came on the heels of losses to Middlesbrough in the FA Cup and Arsenal in the league, as well as a draw against Everton.
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The Old Lady has turned a one-point league lead into a seven-point cushion since January 6, thanks to Roma drawing four straight games while Juve won three of four. Paul Pogba has been on fire the past month, scoring four goals in six games, each one prettier than the last. And Alvaro Morata’s winner vs Parma last week sent Juve back into the Coppa Italia semifinals after missing out last season.
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Whatever Diego Simeone has done to Fernando Torres, it’s working. “El Nino” has stunned everyone with three goals in his first seven games back with Atletico, all of which came against Real Madrid and Barcelona, no less. But despite eliminating their city rivals from the Copa del Rey – Simeone still seems to have Real’s number – Barcelona have been Atletico’s undoing so far in 2015.
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Pep Guardiola’s team appears to still be waking up from the Bundesliga’s extra-long winter hibernation period, but there’s little reason to worry. Despite allowing as many goals to Wolfsburg last weekend (4) as they had all season prior to then, and though they also failed to beat Schalke at home mid-week, Bayern still have a comfortable eight-point league lead.
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The Blues got a big goal from Loic Remy, who was deputizing for the suspended Diego Costa, against Manchester City last weekend to retain their five-point cushion on the defending champions. Jose Mourinho will hope swapping Colombian winger Juan Cuadrado for the departing Andre Schurrle will give his side a boost after a string of inconsistent results.
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January was an excellent month for the Blaugrana. After opening 2015 with a loss at Sociedad, Barca have been untouchable since, beating Atletico Madrid three times and knocking them out of the Copa del Rey. Their resiliency has been on full display, too, falling behind twice in each of their past two games only to come away with victories.
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After stumbling out of the gates in 2015 (just one win from their first four games), Real have bounced back from their Copa del Rey exit to Atletico Madrid. Four consecutive wins in La Liga have helped Real retain a four-point lead on Barcelona and Atletico Madrid. Also, Cristiano Ronaldo will return from his two-match ban next weekend against Real’s city rivals.