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Lewis Ambrose·21 September 2023

📈 Power Rankings: Three new entries and a fresh (familiar) name on top

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It’s Power Rankings time once again, with a familiar name at the head of the pack but a few new sides in the top 10.

10. AZ Alkmaar (🆕)

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With Europa Conference League qualifying rounds to take part in, Alkmaar have already played eight times this season … and they’ve won seven.

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As well as easing through into the group stages in Europe, they’re four from four in the Eredivisie with Greek forward Vangelis Pavlidis shining (six goals in four games).

9. Tottenham (🆕)

Ange Postecoglou’s start at Tottenham hasn’t been perfect — there was that opening day draw at Brentford and then an EFL Cup exit against Fulham — but it may has well have been, given the mood in N17 right now.

Spurs have won four in a row in the Premier League and even Richarlison looked to have turned a corner at the weekend as he scored in the 98th minute and assisted in the 100th to rescue three points against Sheffield United.

With 13 league goals this season and a north London derby on the horizon, there’s plenty for fans to get excited about.

8. Girona (👍 Last week: 9)

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The run went on this Monday as Girona won 4-2 at Granada to make it four LaLiga wins in a row. The only teams above them five games in? Real Madrid and Barcelona.

Performances have not been dominant but the results have been and the good times keep rolling despite a challenging summer.

7. Liverpool (👎 Last week: 6)

The Reds have had to wait for their European bow this season, hence the drop, but Saturday’s win at Wolves felt like a big moment. It was the third win of this young season having gone behind for Jürgen Klopp’s side and it felt bigger, in some ways, than the turnaround at Newcastle.

Liverpool were the favourites at Molineux and didn’t go down to 10 men, they just didn’t perform at all for the opening 45 minutes. A couple of tweaks turned the game on its head though and it’s now now four Premier League wins in a row.

6. Bayern Munich (👍 Last week: 10)

Unbeaten in the Bundesliga four games in, it took a late penalty to deny Bayern all three points against potential title challengers Bayer Leverkusen last Friday.

It still doesn’t feel like Thomas Tuchel’s side have quite clicked but that didn’t hold them back from beating Manchester United. A bizarre encounter on Wednesday felt and looked one-sided, even if it did end up finishing  4-3. Just wait until Bayern really get going.

5. Barcelona (🆕)

Back-to-back 5-0 wins is enough to take Barcelona into fifth as they’ve started winning games convincingly where previously they were just getting over the line.

The Joãos Félix and Cancelo have raised the level of Xavi’s side, adding technical quality in two key positions, and the whole team look set to reap the rewards. A perfect start in the Champions League and 13 points from a possible 15 in LaLiga, last season’s Spanish champions are finding their rhythm again.

4. Bayer Leverkusen (No change)

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Few teams go to Munich and go toe-to-toe with Bayern but that’s exactly what Leverkusen did last Friday and they entirely deserved their point.

It’s hard not to see Xabi Alonso’s team as title candidates in Germany now but the Thursday-Sunday grind is about to hit and dealing with that, and rotating what has been a settled side so far, will be a real test of how ready they are to last the distance.

3. Inter (No change)

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Anyone who watched Saturday’s Milan derby and Inter’s 5-1 demolition of their city rivals had just about enough time to get their breath back before Wednesday’s Champions League opener against Real Sociedad. And then you’d have lost it again as Lautaro Martínez struck late to keep their unbeaten run going and snatch a crucial point at Real Sociedad.

It’s no bad start on the road in a tricky group, giving them a superb foundation to build on alongside their sublime start — four wins from four, with 13 goals scored and just one conceded — to their Serie A campaign.

2. Real Madrid (👎 Last week: 1)

It’s five wins from five in LaLiga for Real Madrid, whose latest league victory was their first of the season not involving a Jude Bellingham goal. Of course, that changed on Wednesday night.

Faced with a stubborn Union Berlin defence and an on-fire Frederik Rønnow in goal, Madrid left it late before you-know-how scored yet another poacher’s goal to seal all three points in stoppage time.

1. Man City (👍 Last week: 2)

You didn’t seriously believe Red Star were going to stun City on Tuesday, did you?

Pep Guardiola won’t want his team to keep conceding the first goal but they had 22 shots to Red Star’s one before the break and the comeback was inevitable, following on from the much more impressive win from behind at West Ham over the weekend. The only team in the Premier League to still have a perfect record, City just keep shining no matter the competition.