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Lewis Ambrose·11 August 2022

📈 Power Rankings: Our first top 🔟 list of the new season

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Some leagues are still yet to begin but football is back across the majority Europe, so there’s no better time to relaunch our Power Rankings for the new campaign.

Remember, we’re looking at the recent form of sides, taking their opponents into account, and then spitting out a list of the 10 most dangerous looking teams across the continent.

Let’s go …

10. FC Porto

A 3-0 win in the Portuguese Super Cup, a 5-1 win to open the new league season, Porto are going to take some stopping again in 2022/23.

Mehdi Taremi has netted a brace in each match and, though bigger tests will come, it’s a perfect start.

9. Liverpool

That Community Shield victory over Manchester City was impressive. The draw at Fulham was a huge setback.

We all know how good Liverpool are and dropping points — not even losing — the opening game means there are still 37 matches left to make amends so they still make the top 10 having beaten City a week earlier. But there is not much space for any more slip ups.

8. Manchester City

And then there’s City themselves. If anyone watched the Liverpool game and worried about them, or about Erling Haaland, then they probably should’t have.

The 2-0 win away at West Ham was utterly dominant and underlined City’s place as favourites to win another Premier League title.

7. Brighton

The result of the opening Premier League weekend? It probably came at Old Trafford, where Brighton won for the first time.

And deservedly too! Pre-season was impressive under Erik ten Hag but Manchester United were given a rude awakening as Brighton, who have a knack of upsetting the big boys, executed their game plan to perfection.

6. PSV Eindhoven

PSV are a little further into their season than others and things are looking very, very good.

First they beat Ajax 5-3 in the Dutch Super Cup, then they draw away against Monaco in their Champions League qualifier before kicking off the league season with a 4-1 win over Emmen and beating Monaco at home after extra-time to progress to the play-off round.

Some big performances against some big teams. Life in Eindhoven looks pretty rosy.

5. Borussia Dortmund

A comfortable DFB-Pokal win over 1860 Munich, then a 1-0 victory in a gritty Bundesliga opener against Bayer Leverkusen, Dortmund look fresh for the new campaign.

They lost 5-2 at home against Leverkusen last season but now look very much a side ready to defend at all costs after a busy summer. Friday’s trip to Freiburg will put that to the test.

4. Tottenham Hotspur

Some have gone as far as naming Spurs potential title dark horses this season, their first under Antonio Conte.

Time will tell on that front but their opening day defeat of Southampton after going a goal down early on was incredibly convincing.

3. Real Madrid

The LaLiga season hasn’t even started but Real Madrid have already picked up silverware, winning the Uefa Super Cup on Wednesday.

Carlo Ancelotti chose the same XI from the club’s last competitive outing — the Champions League final — and they did the business again, beating Eintracht Frankfurt 2-0 in Helsinki. It could be another very successful season.

2. Paris Saint-Germain

PSG have a new coach in Christoph Galtier, a new system with a five-man backline and a new sense of seriousness after a summer that didn’t focus on any flashy, big name signings.

And things have started very well indeed.

Nantes were brushed side (4-0) in the Trophée des Champions and Clermont were dominated (5-0) as the new Ligue 1 season kicked off. And all that has been without the injured Kylian Mbappé.

1. Bayern Munich

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Who else? Bayern have lost Robert Lewandowski and gone on to open the new season with 11 goals in two games against last season’s DFB-Pokal winners in RB Leipzig and last season’s Europa League winners in Eintracht Frankfurt.

A new frontline of Sadio Mané and Serge Gnabry, supported by Jamal Musiala and Thomas Müller behind them, looks lethal.