Having flown through the Christmas period, it is quickly becoming obvious who the big game players are in Europe this season.

The likes of Atletico Madrid and Arsenal have sprung up surprises in their domestic leagues while the usual suspects continue to dominate in Italy, Germany and France.

But we are now entering the business end of the season when the contenders are drawn away from the pretenders.

Following a busy Christmas period for those in the Premier League and the Christmas breaks for others, we take a look at the teams who are hitting top gear at the right time.

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