After a highly entertaining second international break, club football makes a return and so does our weekly power rankings for the top 10 clubs from Europe’s elite leagues.
A thrilling win for Borussia Dortmund two weeks ago sees Die Borussen as the significant gainer in our latest rankings, while European heavyweights Real Madrid and Bayern Munich slip further down after disappointing league results.
The English champions keep hold of top spot despite a draw against Liverpool in their top-of-the-table Premier League clash. Algerian forward Riyad Mahrez missed an important penalty as the Citizens failed to take maximum points and end their 18-match winless run at Anfield. With a home game against Burnley on Saturday, Pep Guardiola’s men will be expected to keep their place at the summit of the Premier League before heading to Ukraine for their Champions League fixture against Shakhtar Donetsk.
The Serie A champions maintained their perfect start to the season after 10 matches with a 2-0 victory at Udinese. Uruguayan midfielder Rodrigo Bentancur scored his first goal since joining Juventus at the start of last season while Cristiano Ronaldo took his tally to four since his move from Real Madrid. Hosting Genoa at home, the Bianconeri will look to ease past them before their exciting Champions League fixture at Old Trafford against Manchester United.
Lionel Messi controls the ball during their match against Valencia
The Catalan outfit’s stuttering form continued with another frustrating draw at Valencia. Barcelona’s winless run in the league is now four games and pressure is mounting on manager Ernesto Valverde to turn things around. Captain Lionel Messi rescued a point for them at the Mestalla after Argentinian defender Ezequiel Garay opened the scoring for Los Che just 79 seconds into their last game. With a crunch top-of-the-table clash against surprise leaders Sevilla this weekend, Valverde’s men will be expected to shrug aside their slump and display the quality that makes them one of the best clubs in the world.
The Merseysiders salvaged a hard-fought draw against reigning English champions Manchester City to extend their record unbeaten start to a Premier League campaign. Ahead of the away fixture at Huddersfield on Saturday, Jurgen Klopp will hope key players Virgil van Dijk, Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Naby Keita are fit for the game, following injury concerns on international duty.
The high-flying Parisians will be chasing a record 10th win in 10 league games, when they host Amiens SC at the Parc des Princes. Thomas Tuchel's men inflicted a massive 5-0 defeat on title challengers Lyon with French sensation Kylian Mbappe scoring four goals in the fixture. Ahead of their Champions League meeting with Napoli next week, PSG could use the match against Amiens as perfect warm-up.
The Blues are currently second in the Premier League after a comfortable win against Southampton and fellow title challenger Liverpool sharing the spoils with champions Manchester City. Maurizio Sarri's men host Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United with a view of staying level on points with leaders City and they should do so without much difficulty.
Die Borussen’s unbeaten run continues and so does their rise in our rankings. Forward Paco Alcacer scored a hat-trick and Mario Gotze got himself on the scoresheet in Dortmund’s last outing against Augsburg, when they conceded three goals in a game for the first time this season. Going away to Stuttgart, Lucian Favre’s men will look to strengthen their place at the summit of the Bundesliga table.
Los Blancos’ troubling campaign suffered a new low after a loss against Alaves saw them extend their goalless run to four games. Julen Lopetegui is under tremendous pressure to turn things around, and if they lose the upcoming game against Levante, question marks surrounding his future will only intensify.
Bundesliga champions Bayern slipped to sixth place in the league standings following a disappointing 3-0 loss to Borussia Monchengladbach at home. The result meant the Bavarians are four points below leaders Dortmund, mounting pressure on new manager Niko Kovac. With a game against Wolfsburg up next, Bayern need to change things quickly before their Champions League clash midweek.
The Rojiblancos won their second game on the trot with a last gasp goal from Angel Correa that ensured Diego Simeone’s men grabbed three points. Currently third on the table and with an away fixture against Villarreal next, Atletico need to push for more wins if they want to be genuine contenders for a second La Liga title in five years.
Words: William Paul