European Football Ratings: Naglesman’s Leipzig cruise control to surprise all

European Football Ratings (December 10th - 16th Matches)

The Champions League group stage came to a close with the likes of Juventus, Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City advancing to the knockout stages. Atalanta and RB Leipzig made history, advancing to the round of sixteen for the first time in their club’s respective histories. Last season’s semi-finalists Ajax who took the European world by storm, crashed out and now find themselves in the Europa League.

Juventus and Inter sit on level points at the top of Serie A as the two clubs are locked in an intense title race. Liverpool sit ten clear as Leicester dropped points. RB Leipzig is the new leader in Bundesliga while Paris Saint-Germain continues to cruise to another league title.

In La Liga, Barcelona and Real Madrid are level on points at the top. However, that is bound to change when they face one another in the El Clasico midweek.

11) CHELSEA (-1) | 53 POINTS

Four defeats in their last five Premier League matches. “It’s not a club I want to manage” Frank Lampard stated after the 1-0 defeat to Bournemouth. Despite exceeding expectations earlier in the season and sitting in the top four, the Blues are in relegation form. Dominating possession, poor defensive errors and awful finishing. The underlying issues and shambolic form in the league made the 2-1 victory over Lille midweek to seal qualification to the knockout stages of the Champions League almost irrelevant. 

10) AS ROMA (-1) | 55 POINTS

The Romans have been flying under the radar in recent weeks, gradually gaining momentum and positive results. The 3-1 victory over SPAL ensured they remained in the top four and qualifying for the finals of the Europa League. Not a bad week at all.

9) RB LEIPZIG (-1) | 58 POINTS

Six consecutive victories for Nagelsmann’s side in the league. They sit on top now courtesy of Monchengladbach’s defeat to Wolfsburg. A 2-2 draw to Lyon for Leipzig on the final matchday of the Champions League saw the Germans top the group for the first time in their history. Fair to say Leipzig fans are living the dream at this moment in time.


The Bavarians overturned their fortunes after a dismal week by recording a huge win in the Champions League over Spurs. Kingsley Coman was amongst the scoresheet before a horrendous leg injury forced him to withdraw from the game. The French men is expected to be sidelined till next month. They destroyed Werder Bremen 6-1 to keep pace with the others in the rare and eventful title race.

7) INTER (-2) | 59 POINTS

A disappointing week for Conte’s side as they crashed out of the Champions League courtesy of Barcelona. Matters got worse when they were held to a draw against an underperforming Fiorentina outfit. They’re forced to share pole position with Juventus but sit above them on goal difference.


Jaden Sancho continued to shine, appearing on the scoresheet in both of his sides’ victories. Despite Julian Weigl seeing red late in the second half, Dortmund managed to scrape past Slavia Praha into the knockout stages of the Champions League. In the league they dismantled Mainz to keep pace in the title race.


Another week, another PSG rampage. The French Champions finished off the UCL group stage strong, destroying Galatasaray 5-0. It didn’t end there, romping Saint Etienne 4-0 to extend their lead to seven points at the summit of Ligue One.


Ansu Fati is now the youngest player to score in UCL history. His goal was the decider in his side’s victory over Inter to eliminate them from the competition. Same can’t be the said in the league as the Catalonians were held to a draw against Real Sociedad.


The Kevin De Bruyne masterclass special was on display at the Emirates, playing a role in all of the goals (2 goals, 1 assist). The Cityzens put the Gooners to the sword, outplaying and classing them in all areas of the pitch. They destroyed Dinamo during the week to finish off their UCL group stage schedule on a high. They may have overturned their fortunes after the Manchester derby defeat, but they’ll need to produce a miracle if Pep’s side are going to retain the league for a third consecutive year.


Maurizio Sarri has been subdued to criticism in recent weeks about his side’s performances and tactical decisions. A major talking point was Dybala, Higuain and Ronaldo as the attacking trio. Sarri continued to ignore the fans’ request as Dybala was benched in the UCL against Leverkusen. However, the fans were granted their desires when Dybala was subbed on which saw Juve score two goals to win the match. The trio started for the first time against Udinese which saw them produce another two goals (both scored by Ronaldo) in their 3-1 win over Udinese. With Inter dropping more points, the Bianconeri sit level on points at the summit.


There isn’t much to say these days about the Reds. Klopp’s men continue to cruise and grind out results on their quest to greatness defeating Red Bull Salzburg and Watford 2-0 in their matches and competitions. The Foxes dropped points which saw the gap widen to ten at the summit and still fourteen ahead of City.

Euro Clubs Ladder

12. Real Madrid: 53 points | 13. Manchester United: 49 points | 14. Atletico Madrid: 48 points | 15. Lyon FC: 45 points | 16. Napoli: 45 points | 17. Lazio: 42 points | 18. Sevilla: 41 points | 19. Arsenal: 40 points | 20. Atalanta: 37 points | 21. Spurs: 36 points | 22. Lille FC: 31 points

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