Football and calcio are experiencing a season, in which their usual winners are being overtaken by two teams that in August were far from being title contenders.
In England, Arsenal are holding off Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City and Erling Haaland. Meanwhile, Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea and all the ‘Big Six’ are looking on from afar at Mikel Arteta’s unstoppable side.
And in Italy, Napoli are sweeping aside AC Milan, Inter Milan, AS Roma and Juventus, the latter with a points deduction, with Luciano Spalletti’s side leading the way.
The Gunners haven’t won the title since they were ‘Invincibles’ in 2003-04 with Arsene Wenger, Thierry Henry, Dennis Bergkamp, Patrick Vieira, Robert Pires and more.
More time has passed since the last Neapolitan Scudetto. Diego Armando Maradona was still running around a San Paolo that he now gives his name to.
In 1989-90, Careca, Andrea Carnevale, Ciro Ferrara, and Gianfranco Zola accompanied a Diego who brought Serie A to the south of Italy for the second time. Since then, 33 years of league drought.
Neither Barcelona, leaders of LaLiga Santander with 44 points, nor PSG (Ligue 1, 47) or Bayern Munich (Bundesliga, 35) have reached the 50 points accumulated by the Gunners and Napoli in the Premier League and Serie A.
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