EURO CLUB RANKINGS (MARCH 31-2 APRIL MATCHES)
Another weekend of club football is covered through our ratings based on performance of top clubs across Europe.
16) SPURS (-1)
Everyone wrote Pochettino’s side off heading into their visit to Anfield. The fact they were so close to derailing Liverpool’s title hopes was a huge shock, but so was Toby Alderweireld’s ridiculous own goal in the 90th minute. Sadly for Spurs, throwing away perfect opportunities is something they’re a master at. It’s evident they fail to cope with pressure and their 2-1 defeat kept Klopp’s men in the title race. I’m sure Man City will make them pay when they face off three times this month. They’ll be hoping for a win in their new stadium against Crystal Palace midweek.
15) CHELSEA (+1)
If you want to witness a robbery in football, then Chelsea’s 2-1 victory over Cardiff City is the one. A clear offside goal, potential red card and two clear penalty incidents filled the agenda for a controversial game that cried VAR all over. Despite turning the deficit around in just six minutes, it was another poor display from the Blues. The icing on the cake was Chelsea fans chanting WE WANT SARRI OUT. It’s evident the Italian’s tactics aren’t working but you can’t hide the fact the manager isn’t the only one to blame. The performance was another example of the board’s failure to back their manager and the fact numerous players are no longer good enough. The club has experienced and overcome these sorts of crisis situations before but this time it’s never looked so bad. Chelsea will need to beat Brighton at home midweek to stay in contention in the top four race.
14) ATLETICO MADRID (STAY)
There isn’t much left to play for in the world of Atletico except for, well, maybe fun? A 4-0 victory over Alaves saw Costa and Morata on the score-sheet. A midweek visit from Girona might be the confident boost they need (providing they win) for the real test on the weekend; Barcelona.
13) AC MILAN (-2)
The wheels have truly fallen off the train to UCL football. A howler from Donnarumma in the first minute gifted Sampdoria the goal they needed to see out the 1-0 result. They host Udinese at home midweek before the daunting challenge of Juventus on the weekend.
12) VALENCIA (+1)
Beware Europe, the bats are coming. Valencia took another huge step towards European football by defeating Sevilla 1-0, courtesy of a penalty. Three months ago, their season was dead. Now, they’re one win off the top four. Their next potential victim in the league is Real Madrid.
11) ARSENAL (+1)
Some say it’s a miracle that Arsenal sit third in the league. But everything comes out a cost, even in the instance knowing your best player of the last decade is gone in two months for nothing. Aaron Ramsey ran the show to remind the fans what they’ll miss next season. A neat link up play between Aubameyang and Lacazette sealed the 2-0 victory which saw them leapfrog their bitter rivals Spurs for the first time this year. Life as a Gooner seems all well and they’ll look to continue their lead in the top four race against Everton on the weekend.
10) REAL MADRID (STAY)
Benzema’s brilliant goal at the death was the lifeline Madrid needed to scrape a 3-2 victory against Huesca. If they produce the same display against Valencia midweek, they’ll cop a serious wake-up call.
9) BAYERN MUNICH (-2)
71% possession. 8/27 shots on target. Almost triple the number of passes than the opposition. Had to settle for a 1-1 draw against mid-table side against Freiburg. To top that off, Dortmund are now two points ahead of them. Time will only tell if this slip up will cost the Bavarians the title. A quarter final clash against Heidenheim in the German cup midweek will be the perfect warm up for their most crucial match of the season; Borussia Dortmund at home.
8) NAPOLI (+1)
Despite Juve on the verge of claiming the league, Napoli are cruising in second place. A 4-1 demolition of Roma sent a message out to the league they’ve still got a few moves up their sleeves. A trip to Empoli midweek is next on the agenda.
7) MANCHESTER UNITED (+1)
Ole’s men resumed business on a positive note with a 2-1 victory over Watford. The visitors had them on the ropes in the second term, failing to convert numerous opportunities. Still, it’s not enough for a place in the top four and Wolves (who beat them in the FA Cup a fortnight ago) awaits them midweek.
6) PSG (-1)
An Mbappe goal in the 74th minute was enough to see PSG over the line in a tight contest against Toulouse. But they won’t be concerned considering they lead at the summit by a whopping twenty points. They’ll host Nantes midweek in the semi finals of the French Cup.
5) BORUSSIA DORTMUND (+1)
The scenes of a Paco brace in the 90th minute is something memorable. It’s the latest event in the exciting title race in the Bundesliga. Their next assignment is considered the title deciding match; a trip to Bayern Munich.
4) JUVENTUS (STAY)
Moise Kean. Remember the name. His goal in the second half was the difference in a tight 1-0 victory against Empoli. Despite the underwhelming performance, the Bianconeri are only days away from lifting an eight consecutive Serie A title. Cagliari is next on the cards midweek.
3) LIVERPOOL (STAY)
They were pushed to the limit by an out of form Spurs until old mate Toby gifted them the victory with an own goal in the 90th minute. The Reds sit on top by two points with a game played more than City but deep down they know an improvement in their performances and some luck is what is required if they want to lift the trophy they so desperately want. A trip to Southampton is next up on the weekend.
2) MANCHESTER CITY (STAY)
First half goals from B. Silva and Aguero was enough to claim victory at the cottage. Pep’s men cruised in first gear and seem unstoppable. They’ll want to reclaim pole position in the league when they meet Cardiff midweek.
1) FC BARCELONA (STAY)
Is there anything Messi can’t do? A Panenka free kick style was born in Barcelona’s 2-0 derby win against RCD Espanyol. They are aruably the best side in Europe and show no signs of slowing down. Villarreal is their next assignment midweek. Another Panenka free kick inbound?