📈 Power Rankings: Five new clubs but no room for Man Utd or Barça

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Lewis Ambrose

We’ve got an entire weekend of action and the first round of Champions League games to take into account. Wish us luck …


10. Everton (🆕)

Did anyone expect Everton fans to love life under Rafa Benítez this much? The Toffees had by far their worst half of the season against Burnley on Monday but followed it up with their best six minutes of the campaign, blowing Sean Dyche’s side away with three brilliant goals.

And almost a fourth, if it wasn’t for the offside laws. Four games, 10 points. A fine early season return.


9. Napoli (🆕)

Three wins out of three, things are going well for Luciano Spalletti at Napoli. After two years out of the game, he’s back in business and silencing his doubters.

Last weekend saw the club face their first big test of the new season and they fully deserved to beat Juventus, dominating the game after falling behind early on. They’re ones to watch domestically and in the Europa League this season.


8. Wolfsburg (👎 Last week: 7)

Four wins from four in the Bundesliga and a draw to kick off their Champions League campaign despite going down to 10 men. You can’t ask for much more.

Mark van Bommel’s side are not playing thrilling football but they’re doing enough to get results and remain the only club in the Bundesliga with a 100% league record after four games.


7. PSG (👎 Last week: 2)

Well, wasn’t that an anti-climax? The world got its first look at a Messi-Mbappé-Neymar front three on Wednesday but PSG could only draw 1-1 with Club Brugge, struggling to control the game in midfield as their new front three got to know each other.

Mauricio Pochettino’s side have been excellent in the league so far this season but things will need to click and improve very quickly if they’re going to be a threat in Europe.


6. Real Madrid (🆕)

Real Madrid haven’t always convinced but they do keep getting results thanks to Karim Benzema and Lady Luck.

The former was the hero at the weekend, the latter played a significant role as they snatched a win at Inter in midweek. Oh, and new boy Eduardo Camavinga looks sublime too.


5. Roma (🆕)

Is José Mourinho back to his old self? Time will tell, but we’ve seen this before …

Roma have won all three of their Serie A games so far this season and made it through Europa Conference League qualifying without much trouble either. Something may just be brewing in the Eternal City.


4. Manchester City (🆕)

Hello there! If you’re wondering what took so long for Man City to appear here, the opening day defeat to Spurs was still fresh in our memories before the international break. But now there’s no getting away from the fact that they are just fine.

Having beaten both Norwich and Arsenal 5-0, they passed sterner tests this week, winning 1-0 at Leicester before putting six past RB Leipzig in the Champions League. The champions are on a roll.


3. Liverpool (No change)

There shouldn’t have still been any doubt that Liverpool are ready to compete for top honours again but they’ve had one hell of a week, just in case anyone was still questioning them.

The Reds remain unbeaten in the league and battled back, having dominated early on, to earn a very impressive Champions League win over Milan on Wednesday.


2. Chelsea (👎 Last week: 1)

The scoreline was convincing but Chelsea were flattered by their 3-0 win over Aston Villa last weekend before labouring to a win against Zenit in midweek.

Is it something to worry about? Definitely not, they still won both games without conceding and look reliable at both ends of the pitch even on relative off days. But it wasn’t quite enough to keep top spot.


1. Bayern Munich (👍 Last week: 4)

You don’t win at a canter at Camp Nou, even now, without shooting up our Power Rankings.

Bayern Munich laid down the first big marker of the Julian Nagelsmann era with a dominant display against Barcelona on Tuesday. And that after brushing supposed Bundesliga title rivals RB Leipzig aside 4-1 last weekend.