Euro­pean foot­ball leagues set­tle down while ti­tle in Tur­key still up for grabs

While Euro­pean gi­ants Manch­ester City and Paris Saint-Ger­main have al­ready con­firmed ti­tles weeks ahead of the end of the sea­son, ti­tle race in Tur­key's Su­per League is still wide open

Daily Sabah (Turkey) - - Front Page - HAKAN BAŞ - IS­TAN­BUL

THE TURK­ISH Su­per League is watch­ing the most com­pet­i­tive ti­tle race in re­cent mem­ory af­ter game week 29 left the top four teams breath­ing down each other's necks.

On Sun­day, Galatasaray de­feated leader Medipol Başakşe­hir 2-0 at Is­tan­bul's Türk Telekom Sta­dium to re­claim the top spot.

Though the win puts Galatasaray in the lead with 60 points, the top four team is sep­a­rated only by three points. Beşik­taş is now sec­ond with 59, Başakşe­hir third with 59 points and Fener­bahçe is also very much in the race with 57.

With the ti­tle open any­one's for the tak­ing, Turk­ish foot­ball fans will be brac­ing for a set of key matches that can each be a ti­tle de­cider. As far as points dif­fer­ence go, the Turk­ish Su­per League is eas­ily the most com­pet­i­tive in Europe at the mo­ment.

Euro­pean gi­ants Manch­ester City, Paris Saint-Ger­main (PSG) and Bay­ern Mu­nich, on the other hand, have al­ready se­cured their ti­tles.

With more five weeks to go, Manch­ester City won the English Premier League ti­tle Sun­day af­ter ri­vals Manch­ester United stum­bled to de­feat against rel­e­ga­tion-threat­ened West Bromwich Al­bion. Guardi­ola's team has lost only two league games this sea­son and if it wins the re­main­ing five games would end the cam­paign with 102 points.

Con­sid­er­ing Manch­ester City’s de­fense bud­get is big­ger than 47 coun­tries, with a stag­ger­ing $279 mil­lion, it should not be a sur­prise. For ex­am­ple, Bos­nia and Herze­gov­ina, which has gone through one of the most dis­tress­ing geno­cides and in­va­sion at­tempts of his­tory, spend $164 mil­lion to pre­vent any sim­i­lar move like Sre­brenica. Sim­i­larly, Paris Saint-Ger­main re­gained the Ligue 1 ti­tle in style af­ter an em­phatic vic­tory over de­fend­ing champions Monaco at the Parc des Princes. A dev­as­tat­ing dis­play from PSG gave the Qatarowned club an unas­sail­able 17-point lead over sec­ond-placed Monaco. Bay­ern Mu­nich also clinched a sixth suc­ces­sive Bun­desliga ti­tle with five games to spare on April 7. And in Hol­land, PSV Eind­hoven claimed a 24th Dutch league ti­tle at a ju­bi­lant Philips Sta­dion Sun­day.

In Tur­key, how­ever, the ti­tle-seek­ing teams Galatasaray, Beşik­taş, Medipol Başakşe­hir and Fener­bahçe will all be wait­ing for their op­po­nents to stum­ble in the com­ing weeks.

In game week 30, Başakşe­hir will host sixth-placed Kay­serispor, who has 44 points, on Fri­day, April 20. Galatasaray will be brac­ing for a crit­i­cal match as Aytemiz Alanyas­por, who is just above the rel­e­ga­tion zone with 32 points. On Sun­day, Beşik­taş will host 10th-placed Evkur Yeni Malatyas­por. Hosts Fener­bahçe will take on An­talyas­por, who is fac­ing the dan­ger of rel­e­ga­tion, on Mon­day.

Galatasaray's Bafe­timbi Gomis (L) and Medipol Başakşe­hir's Arda Tu­ran vie for ball dur­ing the match at Türk Telekom Arena, Is­tan­bul.

Paris Saint-Ger­main re­gained the Ligue 1 ti­tle in style af­ter an em­phatic vic­tory over de­fend­ing champions Monaco at the Parc des Princes, Sun­day.

With five weeks to go, Manch­ester City won the English Premier League ti­tle Sun­day af­ter ri­vals Manch­ester United stum­bled against rel­e­ga­tion-threat­ened West Bromwich Al­bion.

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