Another busy weekend, another Champions League week, another bunch of surprises and mismatches. But we still, somehow, have to try and deliver our Power Rankings.
Before we do, a quick mention for Spurs, Aston Villa, Sassuolo and Borussia Dortmund, who just miss out. Maybe next week!
10. PSG (🆕)
There was that blip against Manchester United but PSG have won seven in a row in Ligue 1, firing themselves to the top of the table.
Kylian Mbappé in particular looks incredibly sharp, with a goal or an assist every 40 minutes in the league. He also bagged two Champions League assists on Wednesday as they got back on track in Europe.
9. RB Leipzig (👎 Last week: 7)
What a difference one game can make. Leipzig have been flying of late, seemingly unbothered by the loss of Timo Werner, and find themselves top of the Bundesliga with 13 points from a possible 15 picked up.
Then they arrived at Old Trafford, went behind early, and capitulated late on. Only time will tell what impact the worst defeat of Julian Nagelsmann’s managerial career has on him and his players.
8. Real Sociedad (🆕)
Top of LaLiga after seven outings, Real Sociedad are a breath of fresh air.
With Mikel Merino and David Silva shining in midfield, and Mikel Oyarzabal providing cutting edge in the final third, La Real look like a team who could go far domestically and in the Europa League this season.
Last weekend’s 4-1 win over Huesca was their third league victory in a row and the first time Huesca have conceded more than twice in a game since 1 February.
7. Ajax (🆕)
Ajax just had to take their place here after setting an Eredivisie record with their 13-0 defeat of VVV-Venlo last weekend, averaging a goal every five minutes in the second half. It’s no surprise to see them top of the Eredivisie yet again.
That result was followed up by a 2-2 at Atalanta in the Champions League, a result that was impressive and disappointing in equal measure after Ajax had taken the lead early on.
6. Manchester United (🆕)
Wow. Manchester United were not set to make our top 10 but we couldn’t ignore them after Wednesday’s 5-0 demolition of the Bundesliga leaders.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side have been inconsistent so far this season but have responded well to the humiliating 6-1 defeat to Tottenham.
Since then, they’ve beaten PSG (2-1) and RB Leipzig (5-0) in Europe, plus Newcastle (4-1) in the Premier League, and picked up a 0-0 draw against Chelsea. Have they turned a corner?
5. Everton (👎 Last week: 2)
It hasn’t been a good couple of weeks for Everton. Without Richarlison, sent off for his poor tackle on Thiago in the Merseyside derby, the Toffees struggled to get going against Southampton and lost for the first time this season.
They remain top of the Premier League but will be without Richarlison for their next two games and Lucas Digne next weekend after his red card on the south coast.
4. Lille (👍 Last week: 6)
Now unbeaten in nine games in all competitions, Lille continue to impress us.
They could only draw at the weekend, sacrificing top spot in Ligue 1 in the process but a commanding 4-1 Europa League win over Sparta Prague (and defeats for Everton, Leipzig, Aston Villa to name just a few) means they rise in our power rankings all the same.
3. Napoli (No change)
One hit, one miss. Napoli suffered an embarrassing Europa League defeat against a makeshift AZ Alkmaar side last week – the Dutch outfit lost a number of players to positive coronavirus tests – but returned to form with a win over Benevento in Serie A.
While almost every team on the continent struggles for form, Rino Gattuso’s men have four wins from five league games and were forced to forfeit the other to Juventus after they weren’t allowed to travel. That’s about as impressive and stable as anyone else in Europe is managing right now.
2. Bayern Munich (👍 Last week: 5)
There’s just no stopping Bayern Munich. They’ve had to climb their way back up here after losing to Hoffenheim a few weeks ago but climb they have. Since that defeat Bayern have won all seven of their games in all competitions, scoring 25 goals.
That run has seen them keep the gap to Leipzig at the top of the Bundesliga down to just one point, win the DFL Supercup and start superbly in the Champions League – and that is despite losing the likes of Serge Gnabry (coronavirus) and Alphonso Davies (injury). Like last season, the sky’s the limit.
1. Milan (No change)
Roma became the first team to stop Milan from winning this season as the sides drew 3-3 on Monday night but the Rossoneri remain top of Serie A and kicked off their Europa League campaign with a win last week.
Zlatan Ibrahimović, now 39, has six goals in just three appearances in the league and Stefano Pioli’s high-energy side are well and truly underlining their credentials as contenders as their Serie A rivals continue to falter.