After their respective winter breaks, Europe's continental leagues are getting into the swing of things. While several leagues don't look to be competitive at the very top, they all have compelling narratives to watch over the second half, and significant questions that will shape the remainder of their seasons.
French league leaders Nice have only the title race to focus on for the rest of the season after going out of the Coupe de France on Sunday, losing 2-1 away to Lorient.
Lorient, in last place in Ligue 1, saw off Nice despite the visitors taking the lead through top scorer Alassane Plea near the end of the first half.
The hosts equalised with a fine individual goal from former Arsenal forward Jeremie Aliadiere in the 71st minute, and Algerian midfielder Walid Mesloub's winner shortly after sent...
Wolfsburg midfielder Luiz Gustavo has said he has not heard anything from Nice despite being linked with a move to the Ligue 1 leaders.
Gustavo, 29, started the season as Wolfsburg's captain, but his future at the club is far from certain and he is reported to be a target for both Nice and Inter Milan.
In early December, Wolfsburg coach Valerien Ismael said the former Bayern Munich player, 29, "can't help us right now" and demoted him to the bench before recalling him for the final two games of...