The Champions League returned to our lives this week following another memorable weekend across Europe’s major leagues.
With it all came a new leader in our Power Rankings, Bayern Munich attempting to rise again and several new faces.
10. Rennes (👎 Last week: 5)
Clinging on to a place in the top 10 are Rennes, whose fast Ligue 1 start has started to stutter. After four wins on the bounce, they drew their last two league games (2-2 v Reims, 1-1 v Dijon) before also being held by Krasnodar in their Champions League opener on Tuesday. Still, you have to credit them for remaining unbeaten.
If they don’t get back to winning ways soon, it may be goodbye.
9. Barcelona (🆕)
We weren’t going to include Barcelona, not after they lost to Getafe, but they looked seriously impressive in the Champions League on Tuesday night. Lionel Messi looked like himself for the first time this season, Ansu Fati, Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembélé all impressed.
Maybe, just maybe, this is the start of something.
8. PSV (🆕)
Mario Götze scored eight minutes into his PSV debut at the weekend as they continued their fine start to the season.
Led by ex-Leverkusen boss Roger Schmidt, they’re still unbeaten and top of the Eredivisie, with young stars Donyell Malen and Cody Gakpo continuing to shine.
7. RB Leipzig (🆕)
Top of the Bundesliga and flying, Leipzig don’t look like they miss Timo Werner one bit.
Julian Nagelsmann’s side have been playing without a striker plenty of the time so far this season, instead using a few fluid attacking midfielders in free roles. Emil Forsberg and Dani Olmo have adapted perfectly and the team also got off to a winning start in the Champions League on Tuesday night.
6. Lille (👍 Last week: 7)
Unbeaten, top of Ligue 1, just two goals conceded in seven games? Despite losing some key players, Lille are once again the team to watch in France this season.
And that’s without Jonathan David finding his feet yet!
5. Bayern Munich (👍 Last week: 8)
Bayern responded to that blip against Hoffenheim with eight goals and two wins in two Bundesliga games. Safe to say they’re still the heavy favourites for the Bundesliga.
And in Europe, they dished out a thrashing to Diego Simeone’s Atlético, scoring 4+ goals for the 20th time under Hansi Flick!
4. Aston Villa (No change)
Well, well, well. Four games, four wins, three clean sheets.
Aston Villa have been superb in the Premier League so far this season and ground out another impressive win against Leicester on Sunday. Jack Grealish is mesmerising to watch, he finally has a worthy supporting cast, and the defence has been shored up as well.
3. Napoli (👍 Last week: 6)
Wow. We honestly thought the Napoli bubble would burst when they met Atalanta on Saturday. But they were 4-0 up by half-time and won 4-1.
That consolation goal was the first Gennaro Gattuso’s men have conceded in four games this season. Could they be surprise title contenders?
2. Everton (👎 Last week: 1)
Everton rode their luck in Saturday’s Merseyside derby, with Jordan Pickford escaping a red card and Jordan Henderson having a late winner ruled out for a marginal offside. But they still looked very impressive against their local rivals.
Top of the Premier League and deservedly so, they just slip down a place here because our new number one had more derby day joy…
1. Milan (👍 Last week: 2)
Top of Serie A and the number one team in Milan again? Say it ain’t so. After four successive derby defeats, the Rossoneri finally beat bitter rivals Inter for the first time since 2016 last Sunday.
Looking mean at the back and dangerous going forward, they are Europe’s form team so far this season.