There’s been a shift in the order on the continent this season.
No I’m not talking about Barcelona, PSG or Juventus.
But three true European heavyweights are instead looking over their shoulders with relegation a very legitimate reality.
Yes Monaco, Villarreal and Fenerbahce – all household Champions League names – are in danger of dropping out of their respective leagues this season.
Monaco’s fall from grace has been startling.
Thierry Henry’s stint was brief to say the least and they’re now back in the hands of Leonardo Jardim as the French giants desperately attempt to forge an escape route out from trouble.
It’s a big ask, with Monaco currently second bottom and players downing tools left, right and centre.
The club has haemorrhaged its biggest stars in recent years and those that have remained don’t look up for the scrap.
They were battered 5-1 by Strasbourg last weekend which was followed by a 3-1 defeat to Metz in the French Cup.
Some of Spain’s finest players have donned the famous yellow shirt in the last few decades but they have a real fight on their hands to preserve their La Liga status.
Whilst usual rivals Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, Sevilla and Real Madrid vie for the title, Villarreal, like Monaco, are currently second bottom.
Too many draws has been their Achilles heel, with just three wins from 20 games so far.
Santi Cazorla’s return to Spain hasn’t aided the Yellow Submarine, who are sinking rather than swimming.
Turkey has developed into a retirement home for Premier League players in recent years, but Fenerbahce’s struggles this season were entirely unexpected.
The Istanbul-based giants missed out on the title on the final day of last season but it’s a very different story this campaign.
They haven’t tasted Super Lig victory since mid November and the likes of Martin Skrtel, Roberto Soldado and Andre Ayew have some digging in to do to lift the doom and gloom.
Three wins all season and just 17 points from their 18 games makes for pretty miserable reading.
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