European Football Ratings (September 18-30 Matches)
The last night of action (30th September) brought some huge results with some shock defeats across the leagues and some fierce derbies and rival battles. The Champions League and Europa League returned with its fair share of drama. Our latest addition of the rankings is unrecognizable from its predecessor as clubs from Italian league put their foot into the flora and fauna of football world, making the rankings more exciting.
11) CHELSEA (-6) | 19 POINTS
The results and performances are two completely different stories. The Blues were the dominant side in every match over the past fortnight but only picked up half the points they should of. Defending set pieces was once again their worst nightmare which saw defeats against Valencia and Liverpool. However, they turned their fortunes around by picking up wins against Grimsby Town and Brighton.
10) ARSENAL (+1) | 21 POINTS
The Gooners have continued a neat unbeaten run of form claiming wins against Frankfurt, Aston Villa and Nottingham Forest before settling for a 1-1 draw against Manchester United. But it’s far from paradise under Unai Emery as the performances and tactical decisions are miles off what they should be. Having everything at your disposal is one thing but using it effectively is another. That’s the real issue for Arsenal this season and they have what it takes to make the top four; but they also have the ability to fail that objective.
9) REAL MADRID (NEW!) | 21 POINTS
Los Blancos tasted defeat for the first time this season in the UCL where they were torn apart by Paris Saint Germain. Despite disallowed goals from Bale and Benzema, they were dominated on a night where they were anything but the European Champions. They moved on from that defeat by picking up wins against Sevilla and Osasuna. But they failed to gain a firm grip at the summit of the table, as they settled for a point in a dull derby against Atletico. Top of the league by a point and unbeaten in all league games so far isn’t a bad start. But some fear, the worst is yet to come.
8) NAPOLI (NEW!) | 21 POINTS
The Neapolitans commenced their Champions League campaign with a 2-0 victory over Liverpool. It was a solid performance where they contained the Reds well and capitalized on their mistakes. However, it was the same old inconsistent story in the league beating Lecce, losing to Cagliari with a man down and claiming a win against Brescia. With the rise of Inter and already losing to Juventus, domestic success will be harder to come by for them this season.
7) JUVENTUS (STAY) | 21 POINTS
The Italian giants received a taste of their own medicine after Atletico overturned their 2-0 lead to see out a draw (2-2). Bianconeri went on to record victories in all three of their recent games in the league. Aaron Ramsey was finally introduced into the side and scored on his debut. Since his return, he’s made a huge impact in the side and has already linked up well with the like of Dybala and Ronaldo. Adrien Rabiot made his debut and is adjusting to life in Italy slowly while Buffon and Dybala made their returns looking slicker than ever.
6) PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN (+3) | 23 POINTS
They don’t need the likes of Mbappe, Cavani and Neymar to win big games. The French Champions proved that in their 3-0 demolition of Real Madrid. Verratti and Di Maria stole the show while Navas showed Los Blancos what they were missing out on. Tuchel’s side look promising to be a serious threat in the Champions League this season. As for domestic duties, it’s business as usual as they sit on top of Ligue One. What else is new except for them moving 3 positions up in our rankings.
5) BORUSSIA DORTMUND (-2) | 25 POINTS
Favre’s side tasted nothing but draws the past fortnight. Despite putting on a show against Barcelona, they failed to get past Marc Ter Stegen on the night. They were underwhelmed in their leagues matches against Eintracht Frankfurt and Weder Bremen. Inconsistency is once again their worst nightmare. Just ask Napoli.
4) INTER MILAN (NEW!) | 26 POINTS
Life under Antonio Conte couldn’t be any sweeter for Inter as they sit at the top of Serie A after claiming a big win in the Milan derby and claiming maximum points against Lazio and Sampdoria. Alexis Sanchez has already scored more goals for his new club than United. They have the best defensive track record in the league with their big number nine Lukaku adjusting life in Italy smoothly. Despite their underwhelming draw against Slavia Praha in the Champions League, Conte has revamped this side who look set to take Juventus on a thrilling title race this season.
Welcome to top 4 in our rankings Inter.
3) RB LEIPZING (-1) 26 | POINTS
The Dark Horse of the Bundesliga. Literally. Demolished Werder Bremen, one week, destroyed by Schalke the next, mixed with a Champions League win against Benfica. They’ve made an impressive start to the season and are creeping over everyone’s shoulders including our rankings; and specially Bayern who they sit one point behind at the summit.
2) MANCHESTER CITY (+2) | 27 POINTS
Just when you thought Pep’s side were embarking on a decline after the defeat to Norwich, they responded with four wins, seventeen goals and only one conceded. Their latest run of results included the famous 8-0 win over Watford which became one of the five biggest wins in Premier League history.
8 - Man City's 8-0 victory against Watford was their biggest ever victory in the English top-flight. Outstanding. pic.twitter.com/UGNSK5hN6F
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) September 21, 2019
Bernardo Silva bagged a hattrick, Sterling and Kevin De Bruyne are in the form of their lives and Fernandinho has adapted to the Center Back position well. Even with a minor bump along the way, it’s going to take something special to stop City from achieving more silverware this season.
1) LIVERPOOL (STAY) | 37 POINTS
The Reds endured their first defeat of the campaign to Napoli in the Champions League on a night where they just weren’t themselves. They had to pull out all sorts of measures including time wasting. Reverting to a back five and an injury time substitution to see themselves over the line against Chelsea. The youth impressed in their Carabao cup win over MK Dons before digging deep to claim a 1-0 win over a resilient Sheffield United. Life may seem like paradise at Liverpool but it clearly shows it’s no easy task to perform at the elite level consistently.
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