European Football Ratings (October 22-28 Matches)
Title and top four races have begun to form an identity. Some huge upsets were observed across the leagues whereas European duties resumed in a spectacular fashion. Since the last Euro rankings there’s been some major shakeups and some new clubs who have joined the party. So let’s get to the point and review the week that it was.
11. BAYERN MUNICH (NEW) | 32 POINTS
The Bavarians have made to the top eleven for the first time in our rankings this season after a slow start. What seemed to be a straight forward week, Kovac’s men were pushed to the limit to edge out Olympiacos 3-2 in the Champions League. They returned to domestic duties in the league with a 2-1 victory over new comers Union Berlin (the same side that upset Borussia Dortmund 3-1 earlier in the season).
Three goals in a week from Robert Lewandowski, top of the group in Champions League, and one point off first position in the Bundesliga, it seems Bayern have rediscovered their mojo and look to power ahead in the coming weeks.
10. NAPOLI (-2) | 33 POINTS
European competitions have been their weakness in previous times but the Neapolitans seem to have reversed that philosophy by maintaining pole position in their Champions League group after a 3-2 thriller victory over Red Bull Salzburg. But it’s the league where they’ve been way off the mark, failing to finish off SPAL and settling for a 1-1 draw. Yes, they’re in the top four but they aren’t the only team to rival Juventus for the title anymore. Inter have begun a new era under Antonio Conte and Atalanta have continued to raise the bar, it’s going to be harder than ever to achieve the dream they’ve been so desperate to make a reality for years.
9. ATLETICO MADRID (NEW) | 34 POINTS
Simeone’s men kept pace with Juve in the UCL as they grinded out a 1-0 victory over Bayer Leverkusen. They resumed domestic duties with a 2-0 victory over Athletic Bilbao to retain their vacancy in the top four. Morata found the net in both games and the backline kept consecutive clean-sheets. Another successful week crossed off for Simeone and co.
8. FC BARCELONA (BACK AGAIN) | 34 POINTS
Barcelona have returned to the rankings after a successful run over the last few weeks. They may have beaten Slavia Praha 2-1 in the UCL but it was far from convincing. An own goal from the opposition was required to see them across the line. The El Clasico was postponed till December so the Catalonians had a rare weekend off which couldn’t have come at a better time.
7. BORUSSIA DORTMUND (-2) | 35 POINTS
It was a rough week for Dortmund as they failed to win and score. Sounds pretty depressing if one thinks about it long enough, considering the quality side they are. Outclassed by Inter in the Champions League and fortunate to come away from Schalke with a point, its evident Favre’s project is still a work in progress and miles off from perfection.
6. CHELSEA (+5) | 37 POINTS
The Frank Lampard era is in full swing with everything coming together. The UCL win over Ajax was a huge testament to the youth and project at the club.
Christian Pulisic brushed off the recent criticism aside to not only score his first goal for the Blues but claim the first hattrick of his career. Up 4-0 against Burnley, they switched off in the final ten minutes and conceded two goals. The positive is they’ve now scored the most goals from open play in the league this season (23) after Manchester City. The negative is their backline is still very vulnerable.
5. INTER (-1) | 37 POINTS
They broke down Dortmund 2-0 in the UCL but failed to do the same against Parma in the 2-2 draw in the league. They failed to claim the opportunity to capitalize on Juve dropping points against Lecce. Same story, different day, which sees them drop a place in the rankings.
4. JUVENTUS (+3) | 38 POINTS
Juventus fought their way back from a goal down to claim the victory over Lokomotiv Moscow in the UCL. They only managed to score two goals off over more than twenty opportunities. The same occurred in their underwhelming draw with Lecce. Matthijs De Ligt’s rough start with the Italian Champions continued as he conceded another penalty which gave Lecce the equalizing goal. Fortunately, results went their way to remain pole position. With Inter and Atalanta breathing down their necks, complacency will become their worst enemy if they continue at failing to convert their chances.
3. PARIS SAINT GERMAIN (+3) | 40 POINTS
Forget Neymar and Cavani, Kylian Mbappe and Mauro Icardi are running the show in the French capital. Nine goals between them in their victories over Brugge and Marseille. The French Champions are already eight points clear in Ligue One and five clear of Real Madrid in the UCL, life couldn’t be better as a fan. For now, at least.
2. MANCHESTER CITY (STAY) | 42 POINTS
It was business as usual for the Cityzens as they cruised to victory over Atalanta and Aston Villa. What’s even more impressive is they were able to do it with a man down in both games which saw Phil Foden and Fernandinho seeing red. It’s just another piece of evidence of how good this team really is.
1. LIVERPOOL (STAY) | 54 POINTS
The Reds cruised to victory over Genk in the UCL including an immense brace from Oxlade-Chamberlain. They conceded 47 seconds in their league match against Spurs and were denied on numerous occasions thanks to a superb performance from Spurs keeper Paulo Gazzaniga. Jordan Henderson equalized early in the second half before Salah converted the penalty to seal the win. However, concerns are now in place as Salah was forced to withdraw in the later stages of the game with an injury. Liverpool remain unbeaten in the league and sit five clear of City at the top of the rankings.
Euro Clubs Ladder
12. RB Leipzig: 30 points | 13. AS Roma: 30 points | 14. Arsenal: 29 points | 15. Real Madrid: 26 points | 16. Sevilla: 26 points | 17. Atalanta: 25 points | 18. Manchester United: 24 points | 19. Lyon: 22 points | 20. Lille: 17 points | 21. Spurs: 14 points | 22. AC Milan: 13 points
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