The top 10 teams in Europe so far - Part 2
by Chirag R Bhattad
The new season of football is well underway in Europe with some heavyweights doing the usual while others surprisingly slow off the blocks. Indifoot takes a look at the top 10 teams in Europe right now based on their form, style of play and toughness of the league for the 2018/19 season.
The Jurgen Klopp juggernaut has been gathering steam and rolling with maximum momentum now. Liverpool have a star studded lineup, boast a star studded bench, and are joint top in the Premier League, enduring an arguably toughest fixture list among all the other teams. They have already played Tottenham Hotspurs, Chelsea and Manchester City, played PSG at home and SSC Napoli away, with the latter two reverse fixtures still to come.
If they were performing so well, why are they only 5th you may ask. That is because of a Carlo Ancelotti masterclass at the Stadio San Paolo, where they somehow made Salah, Mane and Firmino look toothless in attack and porous at the back. The concerns are still not quashed, with Liverpool winless in the last 4 games, but with Huddersfield and Red Star Belgrade ahead, the front-men will surely find their free-flowing goalscoring boots again.
Surprised? So were we. Who would have thought that Sevilla would be top of the table after 8 match weeks in La Liga. Who would have thought that Andre Silva, the Milan man who scored just 3 goals last season, would be leading the goal scoring charts. Sevilla have not been exceptional, mind you. They have been efficient and done the basics right. They have tucked away their chances, defended calmly and showed quality on the ball.
This has made them jump over Atletico Madrid, Real Madrid and Barcelona onto the top spot. This has also made them the only non-Champions League team in the Power rankings. Their performance have made them hard to overlook. Pablo Sarabia is finally coming into his own at Sevilla. He has 9 goals and 4 assists in 15 games this season while Ever Banega has been an important cog in their midfield, playing every game this season. Sevilla are motoring on steadily, and while they are not clear favorites to win the league, they are the best team in Spain at the moment.
Oh Guardiola! What a team you have built. Manchester City are continuing on from last season like nothing has changed. Sergio Aguero is banging in the goals, David Silva is at the heart of every good attacking moments, Leroy Sane is back in the team and back to his best while the injured Kevin de Bruyne is hardly missed by the Cityzens. They are joint top in the Premier League, playing glorious attacking football.
But it is the Champions League which has been a cause for concern. Pep Guardiola was brought in by the Sheikhs to deliver the Champions League. So far, he has not come any close. He was knocked out in the quarterfinals last season and has had a poor start to the new season. They were arguably handed one of the easiest groups to navigate through, but have made a meal out of the task by losing to Lyon at home on the opening night, following it up with a last minute victory over Hoffenheim. They are still favorites to top the group, but early signs are not promising, pushing them to the 3rd position in our rankings.
Thomas Tuchel is doing something nobody thought was possible to emulate. Alphonse Areola, Presnel Kimpembe, Adrian Rabiot, Christopher Nkunku and Timothy yeah are all PSG academy graduates who has made it into the first team under Unai Emery. But Tuchel has raised the bar by successfully integrating Moussa Diaby, Colin Dagba and Stanley Nsoki into the first team. The latter three have played 13 Ligue 1 games among them, a remarkable feat given the riches and players at disposal for PSG.
The blooding of the youngsters has not affected their domestic campaign, with 9 wins in 9 games ensuring top spot, with second placed Lille 8 points behind. Meanwhile in Europe, Neymar showed his class with a hat-trick including two free kicks. In Ligue 1, Kylian Mbappe blasted Lyon aside, scoring 4 times in the space of 13 minutes to blow away their immediate contenders. With a damaging loss to Liverpool on the opening day of the Champions League being the only blip in their season so far, PSG are a force to be reckoned with this season in Europe.
What, you thought we forgot about them? No list is complete without a Cristiano Ronaldo team in it. The departure of the Portuguese has left Real Madrid in tatters. Meanwhile, Juventus are at the peak of their powers, winning every game they have played so far this season. Yes, you read it right. They haven’t drawn anything, they haven’t lost anything, they have easily brushed aside teams in Europe and in Serie A. They also won against SSC Napoli convincingly, setting an early season marker for the Scudetto.
While Ronaldo has not scored in big numbers, he has been involved in everything good in attack for them. Dybala is slowly getting into his goal-scoring groove. Meanwhile, Mario Mandzukic has received a first Ballon D’Or nomination with his performances so far this season showing exactly why he deserves it. Miralem Pjanic and Blaise Matuidi are ruing the Juve midfield while Bonucci and Chiellini have restarted from where they left off two seasons ago. They are the best team in Europe right now and no team is coming even close to them at the moment. They are also our picks to go all the way in the Champions League, completing a historic treble inspired by the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo.
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