Many of Europe’s biggest clubs can go into Christmas with something to cheer.
Bayern Munich, who have been sack-happy in recent seasons, seem to be content with their temporary manager, at least for the present.
Kylian Mbappe proved to be a not-so-secret Santa in France, Atletico Madrid were touched by an Angel, Ajax and Inter Milan can enjoy a merry Christmas on top of the pile. But AC Milan are still not giving their fans what they want.
AFP Sport looks at five of the big talking points round Europe this season.
BAYERN STICK WITH FLICK
Bayern Munich have plenty to be pleased about going into the Bundesliga’s four-week winter break with interim boss Hansi Flick having been rewarded for eight wins in 10 games by being kept on until “at least” the end of the season.
“Hansi deserves our trust,” said sports director Hasan Salihamidzic after Saturday’s 2-0 home win over Wolfsburg thanks to late goals by Dutch teenager Joshua Zirkzee and Germany winger Serge
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