📈 Power Rankings: Two new teams as PSG and Bayern sink | OneFootball

📈 Power Rankings: Two new teams as PSG and Bayern sink

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Lewis Ambrose

What a week. With plenty of midweek games to consider (and some hefty upsets) after a mad weekend, here are our latest Power Rankings …

10. Real Betis (🆕)

While so many in Spain struggle, Betis have quietly climbed the table. Following a slow start, Manuel Pellegrini’s men have won six of their last eight and five of their last six.

Only Real Madrid have more goals in the league and Betis have crept up to third, level with top spot on points, without much fuss. Can they keep it up?

9. Paris Saint-Germain (👎 Last week: 5)

Are cracks starting to appear in the French capital? PSG are still a long way clear at the top of Ligue 1 but they have grown increasingly unconvincing as they try to figure out how to line up with all their star names.

A defeat to Rennes was followed up by dramatic, narrow wins against Angers and an RB Leipzig side struggling in the Bundesliga, and Marseille were then good value for a point at the weekend. Mauricio Pochettino has some job on his hands if PSG are to click soon.

8. Real Sociedad (No change)

Another of the four sides on 21 points at the top of LaLiga, Real Sociedad aren’t losing games but they may be drawing a few too many. Still, a point against Atlético Madrid at the weekend was a result to celebrate.

A lack of goals — six sides have more in LaLiga — could hurt them eventually but they are well and truly in a wide open title race for now.

7. Bayern Munich (👎 Last week: 2)

Who saw that coming? Bayern are out of the DFB Pokal before the third round for the second season in a row after a shocking 5-0 defeat to Borussia Mönchengladbach. It was the biggest defeat the German giants have suffered since 1978.

They still sit top of the Bundesliga and have been superb in the league, scoring four more at the weekend to move onto 33 goals in nine games, but midweek’s pasting will serve as a warning sign.

6. Chelsea (🆕)

Top of the Premier League, this week saw Chelsea beat Norwich 7-0 and then Southampton on penalties to move on to five wins in a row across all competitions.

We can talk about Norwich’s performance another time, the Blues were superb as they tore them apart and then held their nerve in a cagey cup tie to head into the EFL Cup quarter-finals. Thomas Tuchel has more silverware in sight.

5. Ajax (👍 Last week: 7)

Beating Borussia Dortmund 4-0 wasn’t enough to underline their quality, so Ajax followed it up with a 5-0 win over closest title challengers PSV Eindhoven.

Need we say more?

4. Napoli (👎 Last week: 3)

A draw with Roma was no poor result but has momentarily seen Napoli lose top spot in Serie A, though they could regain it on Thursday evening.

The real test begins now: are they genuine title challengers when they aren’t leading the pack and when teams now have a clearer idea of what they’re up against?

3. Milan (👍 Last week: 9)

The new Serie A leaders, Milan remain unbeaten 10 games in and have won six in a row.

It’s a bit early to talk about the Scudetto and there was a bit of a false dawn last season but Stefano Pioli’s men are good at both ends of the pitch look ready to make a real charge for it this year.

2. Manchester City (👍 Last week: 4)

A first EFL Cup defeat since 2016 came on penalties but make no mistake, Man City are still superb.

Brighton away looks like one of the trickier games in the Premier League this season but the champions didn’t even flinch on their way to a 4-1 win on the south coast. That was a real statement.

1. Liverpool (No change)

Liverpool look absolutely unstoppable. Even when they falter, like they did at Atlético Madrid, they still find a way to win. When things click, they  just blow sides away. Ask Manchester United.

Jürgen Klopp’s side look as good as anyone else out there right now.