With several heavyweights dominating European leagues, it is difficult for select few teams to maintain their supremacy at the top. As a lot of money continues to be invested in football clubs, the competition for places has never been more difficult. Amidst the rat race, few clubs have risen above the rest to rule the roost in domestic and European competitions. Let’s look at the clubs leading the rat race in Europe:
When the 2019-20 season began, Hans-Dieter Flick was an assistant to Niko Kovac at Bayern Munich. He became the interim manager in November 2019 when Kovac left the job. The aggressive attacking football with high defensive line instilled fear in the hearts of domestic and European rivals. In ruthless fashion, Bayern dismantled opposition defence. The 8-2 demolition of Barcelona in the quarterfinals of Champions League sent shivers down their opposition’s spine.
The German side won their eight successive Bundesliga title and secured the domestic cup as well. The big one came a bit later when they defeated PSG for the Champions League glory. The Bavarians started the new season in similar fashion, taking their rivals to cleaners and are in good position to retain their Bundesliga and the Champions League title. Recently, Bayern also secured the Club World Cup. They are undoubtedly the team to beat in the world right now!
Following Manchester City’s disappointing title defence last season coupled with Liverpool’s incredible rise to the top, many predicted another season of dominance from the Merseyside team. City did start the season slowly while Liverpool were on the right side of the table for most of the first half. Pep Guardiola, however, managed to regroup the squad as City embarked on a fierce streak. The main reason behind Manchester City’s success is there defensive acumen.
Guardiola fixed the team’s major weakness with the signing of Ruben Dias. An assured presence at the back, Dias can read the danger well. With the Portuguese centre back in the squad, City are defensively astute. They have the best defensive record in the Premier League and conceded just the one goal in the Champions League group stage, keeping five clean sheets in the process. Clear at the top of the league and in the final of the Carabao Cup, City will also be confident of a deeper European run.
The Paris giants enjoyed a near-perfect last season with their domestic and European dominance. The league season was cancelled early, but PSG were awarded the title based on the points per game ratio. They went on to win two more local cups to claim an incredible domestic treble. The only blip in the campaign was the Champions League final defeat to Bayern.
They started the new season slowly, which saw the departure of Thomas Tuchel as manager. Under newly appointed Mauricio Pochettino, PSG are back on track in the league and made a huge statement in Champions League with a 4-1 thumping of Barcelona at Camp Nou in the first leg of the round-of-16 tie. If they can maintain their form, then PSG might very well turn out to be the team to fear in Europe.