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📈 Power Rankings: Two shock new clubs as champions drop out

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Lewis Ambrose

Another disappointing result sees Bayern Munich drop out of our top ten and Milan are gone too.

So who makes the Power Rankings as club football takes a backseat?


10. AZ Alkmaar (🆕)

That’s right, AZ Alkmaar kick us off as the international break begins!

The last remaining unbeaten side in the Netherlands, they beat champions Ajax at the weekend and are just a point from top spot with the joint best defensive record in the Eredivisie, as well as having two wins from two in the Europa Conference League.

9. Udinese (🆕)

Another surprise name, perhaps, but Udinese are now third in Serie A having won five games in a row, beating big names Roma and Inter in their last three games.

Their fine start has been powered by the goalscoring of Beto and creativity of Gerard Deulofeu and Roberto Pereyra, who have five and four assists respectively just seven games into the campaign.

8. Barcelona (👍 Last time: 10)

That Champions League setback at Bayern Munich is firmly in the rearview mirror for Xavi and his side, who made it five LaLiga wins in a row at the weekend.

Barça have scored a league-high 18 goals so far this season and conceded just once in their six games in Spain. Unbelievable.

7. Tottenham Hotspur (👍 Last time: 8)

Another game were Tottenham are outshot and don’t massively convince but come away with a win. And a comfortable one at that, thanks to Heung-min Son’s cameo.

Spurs continue to confuse when you watch them closely but you can’t argue with the results. The table, they say, doesn’t lie. Antonio Conte will certainly be hoping that is true.

6. Union Berlin (👍 Last time: 9)

Still unbeaten, still top of the Bundesliga, still the best defence in Germany. Things aren’t quite clicking in the Europa League but the Bundesliga is being brushed aside by a organised team spearheaded by Sheraldo Becker and Jordan Pefok.

That duo offers work rate movement, skill on the ball and a threat in the air. The only question is whether they can keep surprising.

5. Arsenal (👍 Last time: 7)

Before the weekend, Arsenal’s last Premier League outing came at Old Trafford and ended their 100% start to the campaign. So how would they respond, suddenly behind Manchester City and Tottenham in the table and making the tricky trip to Brentford?

Well, superbly. Mikel Arteta’s side were in total control and reclaimed top spot with arguably their finest performance of the season so far, even while missing Oleksandr Zinchenko and Martin Ødegaard. Another test passed.

4. Napoli (No change)

Napoli have started the season brilliantly and laid down another marker as they beat champions Milan at San Siro over the weekend.

That win kept them unbeaten and cemented their place at the top of Serie A. If they weren’t already, and especially considering that performance against Liverpool, they have to be considered serious Scudetto challengers now.

3. Paris Saint-Germain (👎 Last time: 2)

A 1-0 win over Lyon was far from PSG’s most eye-catching performance or result of the season but it didn’t need to be. If anything, it’s maybe more impressive to see how professional they now look under Christophe Galtier.

The Parisien machine rolls on.

2. Manchester City (👍 Last time: 3)

Last week we had to credit City for the way they beat Borussia Dortmund late on but their first 60-70 minutes that night were unusually lethargic and that could have caused some concern. Their trip to Wolves at the weekend contained no such issues.

Comfortable as you like, City have 23 goals in seven league games and seem to be hitting their groove. When that happens, they take some stopping.

1. Real Madrid (No change)

No Benzema but Real Madrid can still beat anyone and everyone.

Their talismanic captain has missed games against Mallorca, RB Leipzig and Atlético Madrrid now but his team-mates have done the business again, and again, and again.

The club’s 100% record for the season, in all competitions, goes on.