European Football Ratings (November 23rd - December 9th Matches)
Football can be beautiful one moment, ugly the next. The last couple of weeks have been exactly that. A purge of managers in the Premier League with Unai Emery, Marco Silva, Quique Flores and Mauricio Pochettino all shown the door. Pochettino’s sacking was the only real shock despite the club having a poor season. His replacement; the Special One, Jose Mourinho. However, Jose didn’t have the fairytale return to Old Trafford he’d hoped for as his side were defeated 2-1. In Spain, Barcelona and Real Madrid continue to tie at the summit while Sevilla trot close behind.
The title race in Germany is wide open as Bayern Munich suffered consecutive defeats which saw them drop to 7th in the Bundesliga. Borussia Monchengladbach and RB Leipzig lead the way in what could be an unexpected but truly exciting title race. To Italy, Inter lead the way as Juventus suffered their first defeat of the season and failed to win two out of their three games over the past week. Meanwhile, PSG sit five clear at the summit with a game in hand in Ligue 1.
The European competitions are starting to shape up with the final group stage match-days later this week and the Club World Cup to commence later this month. Leo Messi claimed a record sixth Ballon O’dor while Cristiano Ronaldo was crowned Serie A player of the year. A big shakeup in the rankings below.
11) BAYERN MUNICH (+1) | 50 POINTS
The Bavarians returned to the Euro XI after destroying Fortuna in the league and Crvena Zvezda in the Champions League on a night where Robert Lewandowski netted four goals. But their impressive displays were undone in the league, suffering consecutive 2-1 defeats to Bayer Leverkusen and Borussia Monchengladbach. They sit 7th in the Bundesliga and seven points off Monchengladbach at the summit. With an unlikely title race now set in emotion, this may be the season where Bayern are finally dethroned.
10) CHELSEA (-4) | 50 POINTS
One victory in their last four matches. How is that possible? Shambolic defending and awful finishing. It’s been a regular occurrence for the Blues this season despite performing better than most predicted. They may have claimed victory over Aston Villa and a point from Valencia, but the defeats to West Ham and Everton exposed their issues. With the club’s transfer ban now lifted, Frank Lampard will be first in line when the Winter window opens on New Years Day.
9) AS ROMA (-2) | 50 POINTS
Unbeaten in their last four matches, Roma are slowly returning to the competitive unit they are known as. They held league leaders Inter to a stalemate in their recent game which was a huge testament to how far they’ve come this season. Currently sitting 5th (tied 4th with Cagliari) they are certainly in the mix for a Champions League place and a a role in a rare title race.
8) RB LEIPZIG (+2) | 53 POINTS
Julian Nagelsmann’s side continued their amazing league form brushing aside Kolin, Paderborn and Hoffenheim in the process. They’ve found themselves in a interesting title race, sitting a point behind leader Borussia Monchengladbach and four ahead of Dortmund. The real highlight came in the Champions League with Emil Forsberg scoring two goals in the ninety and ninety fifth minute against Benfica to secure a 2-2 draw. The draw sealed the club’s spot in the round of 16 in the Champions League for the time ever in their history.
7) BORUSSIA DORTMUND (-2) | 55 POINTS
It was a mixed bag of results for Dortmund over the past couple weeks. Forced to settle for a draw against new comers Paderborn, torn apart in the UCL by Barcelona and managed to collect wins over Hertha Berlin and Fortuna. With Bayern on the decline this season, the perfect opportunity to clinch the league could finally be a reality. However, Borussia Monchengladbach and RB Leipzig are a new proposition they’ll have to figure out a way to overcome.
6) PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN (+3) | 57 POINTS
The French champions are cruising in the league picking up wins over Lille, Nantes and Montpellier. In the UCL, they came away with a point from the Bernabeu after overturning a two-goal deficit in the late stages of the game. Five points clear at the top in Ligue 1 and top spot sealed in the UCL. Not bad at all.
5) INTER (-1) | 57 POINTS
Antonio Conte’s side continue to make their statement in the league, knocking Juve off top spot. They failed to extend their lead to four points, settling for a draw against Roma.
4) FC BARCELONA (+9) | 57 POINTS
Despite their worst start to the season in years, Barcelona have put that behind them and are powering ahead inform. They came from behind against bottom of the table Leganes, edged Atletico in a tight encounter and brushed aside RCD Mallorca with ease. A 3-1 in the UCL over Dortmund sealed top spot in the group and a place in the round of 16.
3) MANCHESTER CITY (-1) | 63 POINTS
The Cityzens’ season has derailed drastically. Held at home to Shakhtar in the UCL. Newcastle cancelled their lead twice to settle for a draw. They tore Burnley apart at Turf Moor. Outplayed and outclassed in the Manchester derby to the worst United side in years. Everyone looks deflated, fatigued, out of sync with one another and just completely over it. 14 points adrift of Liverpool. It’s going to take something really special for Pep’s side to retain the title.
2) JUVENTUS (+1) | 70 POINTS
The Bianconeri continued to surge towards their objectives coming from behind 3-1 win over Atalanta. They sealed top position in their UCL group defeating Atletico Madrid courtesy of an amazing free-kick goal from Paulo Dybala. However, everything went down the drain when they were held at home to Sassuolo and suffered their first defeat at the hands of Lazio, who now sit only three points behind them. The quest for a ninth consecutive league title just got a lot harder with Inter booting them off the top.
1) LIVERPOOL (STAY) | 89 POINTS
The Reds continued their dream run in the league claiming victories over Crystal Palace, Brighton, Everton and Bournemouth. Napoli continued to be their bogey team in the UCL, overturning a goal deficit to settle for a 1-1 draw. Eight points ahead of Leicester and fourteen ahead of Man City, the long wait for the PL title may finally come to an end.
Euro Clubs Ladder
12. Real Madrid: 48 points | 13. Sevilla: 44 points | 14. Manchester United: 44 points | 15. Lyon FC: 43 points | 16. Lazio: 42 points | 17. Atletico Madrid: 42 points | 18. Napoli: 42 points | 19. Arsenal: 38 points | 20. Atalanta: 37 points | 21. Spurs: 33 points | 22. Lille FC: 28 points
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