Quarter Of The Way Through European Season, Here Is Where We Stand
We are now a quarter of the way though the European Club Football season; with two months of exciting action behind us, it is a good time to reflect on the top performers of the league as well as those have already disappointed.
Best Team: Bayern Munich
Bayern Munich reigns supreme, solidifying themselves as the team to beat. Having one every single game they have played, the start of Munich’s season could not have been much better. Munich has won the last three Bundesliga titles by margins of 25, 19 and 10 points, and they are the clear favorites to bring home the title again this year.
After Bayern Munich’s 5-1 win over second-placed Borussia Dortmund, Pep Guardiola’s squad has many questioning if there is a team that can even present a significant challenge to their title run.
Biggest Disappointment: Chelsea
Having easily winning the Premier League last year, Chelsea entered this season as the strong favorites to win again. However, after just eight games, Chelsea’s chances for a repeat now appear unlikely. They are currently 10 points behind leaders Manchester City. Chelsea has already suffered defeats to City, Crystal Palace, Everton and Southampton this season.
Biggest Surprise: Angers
Following a 22-year absence from Ligue 1, Angers is now back at the top tier of French football. The team’s promotion is completely justifiable as the team currently sits in second place behind Paris Saint-Germain. Angers has finished with five wins and three draws through their first nine games.
Best goalscorer: Robert Lewandowski
Robert Lewandowski has played an extremely important role in Bayern Munich’s dominating start to the season. The striker has scored 12 times in his last four matches, including a performance against Wolfsburg where he scored five goals in only nine minutes of action. Lewandowski has already scored a total of 16 goals in only 10 games this season.
Best Manager: Paulo Sousa
After taking over for Vincenzo Montella, Paulo Sousa has lead Fiorentina to an impressive start to the season. The two-time Italian champions have won six of their seven matches so far and now sit atop Serie A for the first time since 1999.