📈 Power Rankings: Lots of change but not at the summit

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Lewis Ambrose

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Early season means things are going too volatile before a more steady rhythm takes hold.

Here, for now, are Europe’s top 10 as the season slowly gets going around the continent.

10.Inter (🆕)

Antonio Conte is gone, Romelu Lukaku is gone, Achraf Hakimi is gone … and Inter are top of Serie A. What was all the fuss about?

There’s been a lot of noise around the club this summer but a 4-0 win in their opener against Genoa was the perfect tonic. Rome-who?

9. Atlético Madrid (🆕)

Speaking of reigning champions getting off to a fine start, Atlético have won two in two as they look to defend their LaLiga title.

Diego Simeone appears to have ditched the 4-4-2 for good but his three-man backline looks as solid as ever while Ángel Correa shines up front.

8. Celtic (🆕)

An awful 2020/21 is already ancient history at Parkhead. Celtic’s new boss Ange Postecoglou has breathed new life into the club.

After a disappointing start to the season, they’ve now won six in a row in all competitions, scoring 24 goals and playing some delightful football in the process.

7. Benfica (🆕)

Some of the top clubs in Europe’s biggest leagues have already dropped points at this early stage. Not Benfica.

Chasing city rivals Sporting – more on them coming up – Benfica look sharp, winning all three of their league games so far and sealing a place in the Champions League group stages.

6. Bayern Munich (🆕)

Was anyone seriously worried about a slow start?

Bayern failed to pick up a win in pre-season and drew their Bundesliga opener with Borussia Mönchengladbach but all that was just a false alarm. They’ve since beaten Dortmund to win the DFL Supercup, beaten Köln in the league, and on Wednesday they brushed Bremer SV aside 12-0 in the DFB Pokal.

5. Sporting CP (👍 Last week: 7)

Portuguese Super Cup winners, league leaders after three games, Sporting look as good as they did last season.

Ones to watch in Europe this season.

4. West Ham (🆕)

David Moyes and West Ham continue to deliver. After qualifying for Europe last season, they now find themselves top of the Premier League two games into the season.

Michail Antonio is a star, there’s plenty of creativity behind him, and the midfield pairing of Tomáš Souček and Declan Rice is as solid as any. This could be another very exciting season for the Hammers.

3. Sevilla (🆕)

Barcelona are in their post-Messi era, Real Madrid have had another difficult summer, and Sevilla … are looking good? Good enough to be Atlético’s main title threat?

It’s still early days but Julen Lopetegui had the team playing fine football last season and they’ve won their opening two games of the new campaign. Rule them out at your peril.

2. Liverpool (🆕)

Liverpool had a rough time last season but things are clicking back into place in an ominous fashion.

Diogo Jota is back and scoring, Mohamed Salah is as dangerous as ever, and Virgil van Dijk remains imperious at the back.

1. Chelsea (No change)

The Champions League winners just look better and better, especially now Romelu Lukaku has returned. He dominated Arsenal in his second Blues debut and plenty of other Premier League defenders will be worrying about him.

Next up? Van Dijk and Liverpool …