It turns out that the main consequence of the Winter World Cup in Qatar this year is a series of high-level encounters in a short period of time. The October schedule was preceded by a busy September ahead of the recent international break. In the space of two weeks, we’ve seen Bayern Munich tumble to fifth place, Napoli soar to the top of the Serie A table and Arsenal continue their brilliant start despite a first defeat.
Based on the results achieved over the last five seasons, with a sliding scale rewarding the most recent successes, we have developed an algorithm that identifies the best teams in domestic leagues and European competitions. Here are the top 40 teams in the standings, including all results up to and including September 29:
37. Royal Antwerp (previously 33rd), PSV (33rd), Panathinaikos (33rd), Lorient (64th), Udinese (75th), Kolos Kovalivka (-) – 15,000
36. Lyon (27th) – 15,742
35. Lille (41st) – 16.313
34. Lens (24th) – 16,500
33. RB Leipzig (28th) – 16,594
32. Eintracht Frankfurt (53rd) – 16,859
31. Benfica (30th) – 17,813
30. Juventus (15th) – 19,563
MAX ALLEGRI IS UNDER PRESSURE AFTER JUVENTUS’ POOR START
29. Freiburg (26th) – 19,750
28. Lazio (31st) – 21,219
27. Villarreal (23rd) – 21,250
26. Roma (5th) – 21.305
25. Monaco (51st) – 21,500
24. Young Boys (25th) – 21,563
23. Real Betis (21st) – 22,063
22. Manchester United (40th) – 24,391
21. Celtic (20th) – 25,313
20. Tottenham Hotspur (19th) – 25,422
19. Atlético Madrid (14th) – 25,680
18. Inter (6th) – 26.125
17. Atalanta (32nd) – 27,500
16. AC Milan (13th) – 28,625
14. Red Star Belgrade (11th), Zenit (11th) – 29,063
13.Chelsea (18th) – 29,484
GRAHAM POTTER MOVES FROM 50TH PLACE IN BRIGHTON TO 13TH PLACE IN CHELSEA
12. Red Bull Salzburg (33rd) – 30,000
11. Union Berlin (22nd) – 31,500
10. Liverpool (7th) – 31,547
Jurgen Klopp’s side continued their poor start to the campaign with a 0-0 draw in the Merseyside derby and then a 4-1 loss at Napoli. Apart from a late victory over Ajax in their second Champions League game, they have had nothing to do since and hope that October, which has nine games, will be more positive.
9. Marseilles (10th) – 32,375
Two defeats in two games to start the Champions League have halted Marseille’s progress, but they took seven points from a possible nine in Ligue 1 in September, partly thanks to the impact of Alexis Sanchez, and now find themselves at two points from championship leader Paris Saint-Germain.
8. Arsenal (8th) – 33,531
Mikel Arteta’s men may have sacrificed their record 100% in their 3-1 loss to Manchester United, but they remain top of the Premier League thanks to their 3-0 win at Brentford. A busy October, starting with a North London derby, will tell us a lot about the Gunners’ prospects for the rest of the campaign.
7. Borussia Dortmund (16th) – 35,414
Dortmund moved up the table thanks to two narrow home wins over Schalke and Hoffenheim in September. Their loss to RB Leipzig robbed them of a place above Union Berlin at the top of the Bundesliga, as they were one goal behind Erling Haaland from a decent four-point comeback from their two first Champions League games.
6. Barcelona (9th) – 35,969
Accountants may not have a very good opinion of FC Barcelona at the moment, but the club are in great shape on the pitch. Five consecutive wins have seen them move up three places in the Power Ranking and move up to second place in La Liga. Their 2-0 defeat at Bayern Munich means they will have to battle it out with Inter to qualify for their UCL group.
LEWANDOWSKI SCORED SEVEN GOALS FOR BARCA IN SEPTEMBER.
5. Napoli (17th) – 37.109
Leader of Serie A, winner of Liverpool and Rangers in Europe, Napoli are a team to follow on the continent at the moment. After knocking out defending champions Milan in September from crucial matches against Ajax (twice), Roma and Rangers in October will retain few. Luciano Spalletti and his coasting side fear .
4. Bayern Munich (2nd) – 40.117
Bayern crush all their opponents in Germany, right? Fake. Well, not so far. Their meteoric start came to a halt in September, with three league games without a win. Bayern, however, have beaten Inter and FC Barcelona in Europe and already look set for the knockout stage.
3. Manchester City (4th) – 48,766
City scored just 10 goals in September, with three wins and one draw, courtesy of five goals from Erling Haaland, including one late against Borussia Dortmund. Now behind Arsenal in the Premier League, their 23 goals in seven matches speaks volumes about their importance in English football.
2. Paris Saint-Germain (3rd) – 51,492
Poor Paris Saint Germain. They struggle to get the best out of Lionel Messi, Neymar and Kylian Mbappé at the same time, their wallets are too small for their 50-somethings, and their diamond shoes are too tight. In September, they won five out of five matches in domestic and European football, and their three star strikers shook the net at Maccabi Haifa. Don’t you pity them?
1. Real Madrid (1st) – 63,289
La Liga champion, European champion, holder of the European Supercup, leader of the Spanish league and first in group F in the Champions League in 2022-23. Is it any wonder that Real Madrid are currently untouchable at the top of the Power Ranking? Last season was far from up to snuff, but they got off to a good start.
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