📈 Power Rankings: Two new clubs, City rise, and a change at the top | OneFootball

📈 Power Rankings: Two new clubs, City rise, and a change at the top

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Lewis Ambrose

Every league in Europe is now finally under way! How are the Power Rankings shaping up?


10. Chelsea (🆕)

Maybe things aren’t too bad at Chelsea after all? A turbulent pre-season had plenty of people writing the Blues off before a ball was kicked.

They’re still unbeaten after two games, though, and were excellent against Tottenham on Sunday. Amidst all the drama and the sharing of spoils, Chelsea were by far the better side. Perhaps Thomas Tuchel and his players were judged a little too soon.


9. Tottenham Hotspur (👎 Last week: 4)

At this early stage of the season, things can change very quickly. Tottenham were dominant against Southampton on opening weekend but Sunday’s trip to west London suggested claims they will mount a title charge may have been a little hasty.

Still, they came away with a very good point and Antonio Conte will gladly take that from his former club. Easier weeks lie ahead.


8. PSV Eindhoven (👎 Last week: 6)

Sometimes teams don’t just drop in our rankings because of their own performances but how the teams around them are doing. PSV roll on smoothly enough but Saturday’s 5-2 win over Go Ahead Eagles was helped by their opponents receiving a red card after just 34 minutes with the scores level.

A midweek draw at Rangers was no big issue but the pressure is now on big time when the teams meet again next week.


7. FC Porto (👍 Last week: 10)

Last season’s Portuguese champions just keep on picking up wins.

A dramatic last minute winner saw off Vizela on Sunday, making it three wins from three in competitive fixtures.


6. Borussia Dortmund (👎 Last week: 5)

Dortmund were not particularly convincing but left Freiburg with all three points last Friday. If nothing else, they are looking grittier this season and they seem to have taken the absence of Sébastien Haller in their collective stride.

With the second matchday of the season over, Dortmund are just one of two sides with two wins from two in the Bundesliga.


5. Arsenal (🆕)

Two games in, two games won. Arsenal hung on against Crystal Palace but strolled past Leicester, scoring moments after the Foxes when it twice looked like the game could become a contest.

With Gabriel Jesus now off the mark, Mikel Arteta’s side are looking well-rounded and very dangerous going forward after a quietly impressive summer.


4. Manchester City (👍 Last week: 8)

The Premier League champions may have lost the Community Shield to Liverpool to kick off their campaign but it doesn’t seem to have knocked them.

A comfortable 2-0 win over West Ham was followed up by a comfortable 4-0 win over Bournemouth. Two wins, no goals conceded, City are top of the table yet again.


3. Real Madrid (No change)

Real Madrid’s LaLiga season didn’t exactly go off without a hitch. Last season’s champions found themselves a goal down to Almería after just six minutes. They spent the next 54 minutes behind before turning things around.

Lucas Vázquez and David Alaba were the unlikely heroes as Madrid carried on where they left off in 2021/22 — winning from behind.


2. Bayern Munich (👎 Last week: 1)

After beating RB Leipzig in the DFL Supercup and blowing away Eintracht Frankfurt on the opening weekend, a 2-0 win over Wolfsburg was a little less spectacular as Bayern played their first home game of the season last Sunday.

Julian Nagelsmann’s team have been in total control in every game they’ve played so far and life after Robert Lewandowsk is looking rosy.


1. Paris Saint-Germain (👍 Last week: 2)

But as Bayern control every game, PSG are ripping everybody apart.

A 4-0 against Nantes, a 5-0 against Clermont, now a 5-2 against Montpellier. Lionel Messi and Neymar are on form, Kylian Mbappé is fit again, and it looks like Christophe Galtier has implemented a system that balances defence and attack. Can it go on?