With the English Premier League resuming this weekend, European Soccer sees itstop five domestic leagues all on the slate for some great action.
In Spain, the top-two teams face tough road tests in their battle at the top of the table. Second-place Barcelona travels to Atletico Madrid on Sunday who sit two places behind them, while sixth-place Villarreal hosts league leaders Real Madrid in the late match.
Just a few matches are on the schedule for Monday afternoon, headlined by an English Premier League contest featuring one team still involved in the title chase and another distancing themselves from the relegation field.
Bournemouth welcomes Manchester City as they seek to further remove themselves from worries of relegation.
Atletico Madrid may not be in the title picture in Spain at this point in the season, but a loss on Sunday could have begun putting Diego Simeone's squad in danger of losing its grip on a UEFA Champions League place.
That looked like it would happen as Celta Vigo held a late 2-1 lead at the Vicente Calderon, but Atleti rallied late, scoring goals in the 86th and 89th minute to pull out a dramatic 3-2 victory.
Manchester United has a new scoring king. The storied club in England experienced a shift in the record books on Saturday, as Wayne Rooney broke Sir Bobby Charlton's goal mark with a strike against Stoke City.
Rooney's record breaker wasn't the only big headline from across Europe this weekend, as Real Madrid rebounded from a rare hiccup in form with a win in Spain in its second league game back from the winter break.
While Chelsea and Liverpool face bottom of the table opposition, a pair of top five teams clash in one Manchester stadium, while the other remains empty as its residents face a difficult visit to top-half opposition.
Manchester City and Tottenham pick up the slack left by the Blues and Reds as they clash at the Etihad on Saturday afternoon.
While the scale of the Manchester Derby may have surpassed it, there are few derbies with blood as bad as Manchester United and Liverpool.
The Red Devils and Reds go back at it once again, as the latter travel to Manchester four places and five points clear of their struggling rivals. Though Manchester United hasn't had the first half of the season that ithoped, it finds itself just a win away from the top four, and will be eager to claim those three points against Liverpool.
Manchester United's quest for glory in the UEFA Europa League will go through Russia in the round of 16. The Red Devils were drawn with FC Rostov from the Russian Premier League in Friday's draw. United will travel to Russia for the first leg on March 9 before playing the second leg a week later at Old Trafford.
The UEFA Europa League Round of 32 second legs continued on Thursday, with 13 matches taking place across Europe. 26 clubslooked to continue their hopes of advancing in this competition, and to joinWednesday'swinners into March's Round of 16.
On Thursday, Roma advanced over Spanish opposition Villarreal despite losing the second leg at home 1-0.
After back-to-back Europa League titles, Sevilla are looking to advance past the Round of 16 in the UEFA Champions League for the first time in their history. The La Liga side held off Leicester City on Wednesday in a 2-1 victory at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium that brings them one step closer to that.
When Manchester City brought in Pep Guardiola as its new manager last summer, expectations were high for the Citizens to advance further in the UEFA Champions League.A strong second-half showing vs. AS Monaco on Tuesday has the Citizens a step closer to a spot in the quarterfinals after a dramatic 5-3 home win.
The UEFA Champions League headlines a busy Tuesday, but it's far from the only competition boasting interesting matchups throughout the day.
Manchester City's clash with Monaco serves as the main event, as Pep Guardiola and co. look to push on in continental play. Bayer Leverkusen and Atletico Madrid collide in the day's other match as last year's runners-up look to start hot on the road.
Paris Saint-Germain's Argentinian forward Angel Di Maria celebrates after scoring a goal during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 first leg football match between Paris Saint-Germain and FC Barcelona on February 14, 2017 at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris. / AFP / CHRISTOPHE SIMON (Photo credit should read CHRISTOPHE SIMON/AFP/Getty Images)
On Tuesday, Europe's biggest domestic club competition, theUEFA Champions League returned with the start of the Round of 16.
In England, Tottenham Hotspur booked their place into the F.A. Cup quarterfinals after a 3-0 drubbing of hosts Fulham at Craven Cottage. Harry Kane put the visitors up 1-0 after 16 minutes, finishing off Christian Eriksen's assist. Six minutes into the second half, it was the same duo who added to Tottenham's lead as Kane tapped home Eriksen's helper.
The Premier League title race doesn't seem to be a race at all as Chelsea continues to storm through the league's powers week by week. The latest statement from Antonio Conte's men came on Saturday in a win over London rival Arsenal.
The Blues are far and above the best team in the Premier League, but that doesn't mean there's no drama in the Premier League itself.
Manchester United cruised past an overmatched Saint-Etienne team thanks to a hat-trick from the team's star forward.
The match was billed as a battle of Pogba brothers, but it was Zlatan Ibrahimovic who stole the show by leading United to a 3-0 win over the French side. Paul Pogba went a full 90 minutes in the win while his brother, Florentin, lasted 79 minutes before being removed from the Saint-Etienne lineup.