European Football Ratings (December 17th – 23rd Matches)
The Managerial merry-go-round continued with Mikel Arteta appointed as manager of Arsenal while Carlo Ancelotti took the reins at Everton. Chelsea displayed a masterclass performance in the derby victory over Spurs. Despite the great victory for Frank Lampard, it was overshadowed by a violent conduct incident from Son, Antonio Rudiger being racially abused and debris thrown at Kepa. David De Gea produced another howler in United’s defeat to Watford while Liverpool were crowned Champions of the World. Lazio continued their magical form, adding a fifth Super Coppa Italia to their trophy cabinet after tearing apart Juventus. AC Milan were humiliated in a 5-0 defeat, courtesy of Atalanta which now sees the Rossoneri sitting in the bottom half of Serie A. Barcelona and Real Madrid played a stalemate in the El Clasico which was labeled a snooze-fest.
Madrid dropped points in their other league game which saw the Catalans go two points clear at the top. RB Leipzig continues to lead the exciting title race in the Bundesliga while Paris Saint-Germain maintain their hot form in domestic duties. Here are the latest rankings.
11) AS ROMA (-1) 58 POINTS
The Romans finished the year on a high, tearing apart Fiorentina 4-1. Kolarov scored an amazing freekick while Dzeko and Zaniolo found their way onto the scoresheet. Despite the victory, they move down a place due to Chelsea’s huge London Derby win.
10) CHELSEA (+1) 59 POINTS
The Blues showed their class on a night where the apprentice defeated the master. A man of the match worthy performance from Willian who claimed both goals. Despite the amazing victory, Antonio Rudiger faced racial abuse and was involved in a violent conduct incident which saw Son dismissed. A derby win over Spurs and their former manager Jose Mourinho and maintaining their place in the top four. Can’t complain ending the week on that note.
9) INTER (-2) 62 POINTS
Inter wrapped up the year with a comfortable 4-0 victory over Genoa with Lukaku claiming a brace.
8) BORUSSIA DORTMUND (-2) 63 POINTS
Dortmund’s week can be summed up in two words; horrendous defending. It cost them victory against league leaders Leipzig and ultimately threw away three points to suffer defeat to Hoffenheim. No wonder being this inconsistent has cost them the opportunity to dethrone Bayern for years.
7) RB LEIPZIG (+2) 63 POINTS
The Red Bulls took advantage of Dortmund’s shambolic defending, taking a point from the Wonder Wall. They returned to winning fortunes with a 3-1 victory over Augsburg. Timo Werner and Patrik Schick are inform both netting two goals in the past week. They end 2019 on top of the ladder for the first time in its club’s history. They’re halfway there but the ultimate question is, will they go all the way in 2020?
6) BAYERN MUNICH (+2) 65 POINTS
Joshua Zirkzee. Remember the name. The eighteen-year-old youth product saved the Bavarians twice to claim vital victories over Freiburg and Wolfsburg. Bayern are far from convincing this season but seven consecutive Bundesliga titles is no accident. They end the year in third place, lurking behind Leipzig and Monchengladbach.
5) PARIS SAINT GERMAIN (STAY) 69 POINTS
Touchel’s men booked their place in the quarter finals of the Coup de la Ligue after pumping Le Mans 4-1. The same score line applied to their league victory over Amiens SC to finish the year on a positive.
4) FC BARCELONA (STAY) 70 POINTS
The Catalonians were held to a stalemate in the El Clasico, failing to breakdown Madrid. Brilliant goals from Arturo Vidal and Leo Messi were on display as Barca concluded the year with a 4-1 victory over Alaves.
3) JUVENTUS (-1) 77 POINTS
The HDR (Higuain, Dybala, Ronaldo) continued to shine with Dybala and Ronaldo finding the net in Juve’s 2-1 victory over Sampdoria. However, the Biaconeri concluded the year in the worst way possible, losing the Super Coppa Italia 3-1 to Lazio. The same score line they endured in defeat only a few weeks back in the league. The defeat will be deeply reflected on over the X-mas break and Sarri’s men will be looking to bounce back in the new year.
2) MANCHESTER CITY (+1) 80 POINTS
A straightforward week for Pep’s men claiming 3-1 victories in the Carabao Cup and Premier League. The come from behind win at Leicester showed they still have that champions performance and mentality. Although the league looks set to be over, you’d be a fool to write them off.
1) LIVERPOOL (STAY) 108 POINTS
The new champions of the world. The first English club to win the Champions League, Super Cup and Club World Cup in the same year. What Klopp has achieved in his tenure, is simply something to admire. It all makes the Carabao Cup defeat to Aston Villa irrelevant. The Reds are the first club to cross the one-hundred point milestone in our rankings.
18 League Titles
7 FA Cups
8 League Cups
6 Champions League
3 UEFA Cups
4 UEFA Super Cups
1 FIFA Club World Cup pic.twitter.com/Tt9QUCmz32
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Euro Clubs Ladder
12. Real Madrid: 57 points | 13. Lazio : 52 points | 14. Atletico Madrid: 51 points | 15. Lyon FC: 50 points | 16. Manchester United: 49 points | 17. Napoli: 48 points | 18. Sevilla: 47 points | 19. Atalanta: 43 points | 20. Arsenal: 42 points | 21. Spurs: 36 points | 22. Lille FC: 34 points
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