They’re back!!! The first power rankings of the new season and there might be a few surprises in there! (Apologies for the old, or lack of in some cases, pictures but I’ve been fairly busy recently. This will be improved shortly)
11 (First) – 20 (Last): Liverpool, Chelsea, Villareal, Man City, Fiorentina, Arsenal, Marseilles, PSG, Bayer Leverkusen, Standard Liege
10 – FC Porto
Porto may have lost some of their stars this Summer but as usual the Portugese side rise past that and carry on dominating the Portugese landscape.
9 – Roma
Daniele De Rossi and Francisco Totti are still the main men in Rome and they’re showing their ridiculous ability to the maximum so far during the Serie A season. Ripping apart teams at will, Roma could challenge for a Champions’ League place this year. However, having lost Erik Lamela and Marquinhos over the summer, it is hard to tell whether the team will have staying power.
8 – Napoli
Rafa has done such a good job so far that Abramovich may be wondering what he let go. I’m just joking about that but Napoli are serious contenders to be this season’s dark horses in the Champions’ League, but like Dortmund last year, they don’t have the depth to win the competition.
7 – Real Madrid
Ancelotti’s Madrid haven’t started off at blistering pace, but new signing Isco is making a huge impact already. Add Gareth Bale to the cauldron and you have a recipe for huge success (or unmitigating disaster!). Still the sale of Mesut Ozil will more than likely have a huge impact on Cristiano Ronaldo’s ability to score goals and that could be a worry for the new Galacticos.
6 – Internazionale
Inter Milan are showing the kind of form that wins trophies, performing better than nearly ever other Italian side so far this season. They’re defence has been inpenetrable whilst they attack with flair and pace. This could be the year Inter truly recover from Jose’s exit.
5 – Bayern Munich
Winning the first available European trophy is a triumph for Pep as he embarks on a hugely challenging task of emulating what Jupp Heynckes was able to acheive. Thiago being injured may turn out to be a blessing in disguise for the former Barca man, but his team haven’t quite started as well as some around the world may have been anticipating.
4 – Atletico Madrid
What a start for Diego Simeone and his boys at Atletico after they recover from the loss of Falcao. New signing David Villa fits the bill perfectally and Madrid may be more competitive in the ‘boring’ league than even manager Simeone may have anticipated.
3 – Juventus
The signing of Carlos Tevez looks to be inspiring the Turin-based side to glory. Do not be surprised to see the Old Lady return to former glory and win European silverware this year.
2 – Borrusia Dortmund
Despite losing talismanic Mario Gotze to their more glamorous rivals, Dortmund seem to have progressed with new signings Aubameyang and Mkhitaryan fitting in almost perfectally. Marco Reus could be the next global superstar in football if he continues through his current purple patch, that is if he isn’t already a superstar.
1 – Barcelona
Tata Martinez has taken to the Catalan side like a duck to water as Barcelona seem to be destroying all before them. Xavi is finally seeing age catch up with him but Fabregas has filled his shoes perfectally, playing better than I have ever seen him perform. So far, Barca seem to be the side to beat.