Which clubs are leading the way in Europe?
8 October 2019
As we head into the second international break of the 2019-20 season, we take a look at who’s leading the way in the top five leagues in Europe.
After being beaten to the finish by Manchester City in the previous campaign, Liverpool have come out of the blocks firing this term.
The Reds currently boast a perfect record of eight wins out of eight and sit six points clear at the summit of the Premier League.
One more win for the current champions of Europe will see them draw level with the Citizens’ 18 game winning record in the Premier League during 2017.
In France, Paris Saint-Germain have also kicked off their campaign in fine form. The return of Neymar has inspired their early season success, with the Brazilian already adding four goals to his Ligue 1 tally, clinching all-important winners against Strasbourg, Bordeaux and Olympique Lyonnais.
Surprise package FC Nantes enter the international break in pursuit of the league leaders, despite losing club captain Valentin Rongier to Olympique de Marseille ahead of the campaign.
Impressive wins over OGC Nice and OL have catapulted Christian Gourcuff’s side into 2nd place. This is their best start to a Ligue 1 season for 25 years.
Real Madrid lead the line in La Liga, remaining unbeaten in the Spanish top tier despite a shaky start in their opening two matches in the Champions League.
Los Blancos are closely followed by Barcelona and Atletico Madrid, with the former missing their golden boy Lionel Messi, who recently returned against Borussia Dortmund. One golden boy who is enjoying life in La Liga is João Felix.
The 19-year-old, who joined from Benfica this summer has hit the ground running at the Wanda Metropolitano, having featured 10 times for his new side and finding the back of the net on three occasions.
Maurizio Sarri's Juventus are another side that currently sport an unbeaten run, with the Serie A outfit sitting at the top of the pile with seven games played, surpassing Inter as the two sides clashed at the San Siro.
Gonzalo Higuaín found the net with 10 minutes remaining to send the Old Lady one point above their opponents. Despite losing to the Turin side, Antonio Conte’s men boast the best defensive record in the league, having only conceded four goals in their opening seven games.
The former Chelsea boss has got Romelu Lukaku firing again, with the Belgian scoring three goals in his first three games with his new side.
FC Bayern Munich will be looking to return to the heights of the Bundesliga when their domestic campaign resumes, having suffered a disappointing defeat at the hands of Hoffenheim last time out.
One man who has continued his prolific goalscoring form into the new season is Robert Lewandowski, who has already notched 11 goals in seven appearances in Germany’s top division.
Niko Kovač’s have had a successful start to their Champions League campaign, scoring 10 goals in their opening two games, including firing seven past Tottenham Hotspur, with four of those being scored by former Arsenal man Serge Gnabry.