Arsenal’s win over West Brom in yesterday’s Premier League fixture completed Gameweek 6’s round of games in the Premier League. Real Betis also defeated Levante by 4-0 yesterday to complete the weekend’s round of games in the Spanish La Liga.
As we anticipate the upcoming Champions League fixtures, let’s quickly talk about what we’re learning about Europe’s top 5.
The Premier League
In the Premier League, it’s simply all about the drama going on at both ends of the log table. At the top, it is as tight as can be as both Manchester clubs are currently creating a distance between themselves and the 18 other teams.
Chelsea, Totttenham and Liverpool are among the other clubs looking to keep tabs on the both Mancunian clubs.
At the bottom, it’s almost as if Crystal Palace is doomed for relegation. With no wins, no goals scored, they’re rock bottom. Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth and Slaven Bilic’s West Ham complete the relegation trio no thanks to a poor defense and a lack of cutting edge upfront.
May be early days, but the earlier those 40 points are in the bag, the better for all involved.
Spanish La Liga
Barcelona remains unbeaten (Atletico Madrid and Valencia are unbeaten too) in a league that is mostly decided by the El Clasico games. There’s nothing new to learn about the Catalan giants, unlike Zidane’s Real Madrid. Los Blancos, without any “major new signings,” seems to have made life easier for their opponents.
Being almost the same team from the last term, most Spanish clubs seem to have learnt from their games in the same period. They have now used that knowledge to either conquer the Madridistas or at least ensure that they earn themselves a point. And that’s why Real Madrid is currently sixth on the log table.
Zaza and Valencia have surprised so many with their form already and the Diego Costa-A.Madrid story may just be the spanner in the La Liga works this season.
The Champions League remains a top-level priority for the Bayern Munich top shots. And that’s why their current position on the log (3rd) may not exactly disturb them. Borussia Dortmund are currently top of the table with Aubameyang also topping the scorer’s chart.
RB Leipzig is starting to feel the pressure of a “second season” as they’ve now lost 2 of their first 6 games this season. It’s all still early days and no conclusions can be drawn yet but then again, with Freiburg, Werder Bremen and Koln yet to win, the relegation battle may just have started in Germany.
Italian Serie A
There are two major things we’re learning out of Italy. The first is that buying success can be very tricky as can be seen with the case of AC Milan. With the team overhaul over the summer, it would have been easy to expect they now had enough to rub shoulder with Juventus, AS Roma and co.
But after their second loss in the young season, they now six points adrift the top of the table. So much for all the money spent during the summer.
Napoli and Inter Milan will definitely give Juventus a run for their money and their title this season. While Inter has simply refused to lose a game this season, conceding just twice, Napoli boasts players who are simply scoring for fun. And those players may just make all the difference this season.
French Ligue 1
The most obvious lesson in this league is that the race to the Ligue 1 title will be a two-horse race. Yes, Bordeaux and Saint-Etienne are showing prospect. But with names like Falcao and Cavani scoring whenever they want to it’s hard to see the title heading for any other city asides either Paris or Monaco.
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