Here is a quick look at what has been happening in other leagues aside the English premier league…
Bayern Munchen top the table with their newly strengthened squad and among the best performing of those new signing has been Mario Mandzukic who has already netted 3 goals in as many games, and along with fellow forward Thomas Muller who also has 3 goals, they are forming a formidable attack. Bayern face a tough trip to Schalke in their next game where Klass jan Huntelaar has started the season firing in two goals. Bayern’s defence will have to be weary of Huntelaar if they want to maintain their 100% start to the season.
Eintracht Frankfurt have been the biggest surprise of the season so far getting three solid wins against Bayer Leverkusen, Hoffenheim and Hamburger SV thanks to two goals each from Aigner,Lanig and Meier who have all been top class so far.
Last years Champions Dortmund have had a steady start to the season and sit in a promising 5th with two good wins against Werder Bremen and Leverkusen but a disappointing draw against Nurnberg where Dortmund were by far the better team has left them just short of the mark set by title rivals Bayern. Jakub błaszczykowski has started well scoring twice and new signing Marco Reus has looked sharp and even scored against Werder Bremen but for €17.5 Million I personally think he should be performing a little better but it’s early days and may soon be firing in from all angles.
Barcalona have won all 4 of their opening games, surprising few and even less surprising Lionel Messi tops the scoring charts with 6 goals in 4 games and Radamel Falcao has 4 in 4 and Mallorca’s Hemed who has started brilliantly, has surprised a few people though. Financially troubled Malaga have made a great start to the season and are currently second and have put in some great shifts individually and have linked well as a team. Last year’s champions Real Madrid have made a terrible start to the season getting only 4 points from 4 games and with Cristiano Ronaldo not knowing what the future holds for him you can only wonder what is going wrong when they have other players like Ozil, Benzema, Alonso etc.
A very unpredictable league and one of the best to watch in my opinion even though many call it boring, it really isn’t. PSG spent more than €100 Millions to draw their first three games,b ut two wins have now moved them up to 4th and with players like Ibra and Silva, the only way is forward. Last years champions Montpellier only did win 25 games and only really had PSG and Lille as challengers, and Lille have now lost Eden Hazard leaving them in a bad position but Montpellier may be in an even worse position as last year they only had 4 or 5 very good players and lots of average players. Oliver Giroud was the main reason that they won the league and he has left, Midfielders like Dernis, and Lacombe has gone leaving Marveaux, Estrada and Pitau who are all getting old and Tinhan, Cabella, Dabo, Martin, legras and Coulomb are all very young leaving Belhanda who is great but still only 22 and Saihi who isn’t very reliable. Attacking wise Camara and Utaka are too old and won’t make much contribution to matches and with Aït-Fana the only other person I can see making much of a difference, he is a CAM so for people saying Montpeleiller could get relegated they really could as the Ligue Un can be unpredictable but one goal scorer could change everything.
Juventus have made a great start still are yet to drop a point and are 42 league games unbeaten and even on Sunday when things were looking bleak they stepped it up, Mirko Vucunic changed the game and they won 1-3. Napoli and Lazio have also started well but it seems Napoli will be the other challengers for the title even without Lavezzi! AC Milan have been shocking and they really don’t look like they are going anywhere, they have been beaten twice and the loss of Ibra and Silva seems to be hurting them. The defence is not particularly strong with Mexes unreliable and average players in Abbati and Abate and Zapta not doing anything special you move to the midfield to only to find Boateng, he looks like the only one who you can look to, Montolivo is still young, De jong in the holding role won’t effect games and Emanuelson and Nocerino not looking like they can live up to the usual Milan standard. Their attack looks great for the future but at the minute not so great as El Shaarawy isn’t very direct, and the same must be said about Robinho as together in exactly 50 games the pair only manged 8 goals! Right up in the centre of attack is Niang who is too young to feature regularly and Bojan although a decent player won’t score 20+ goals and with Pato’s injuries, Pazzini is the next man to look to he only managed 5 goals last season but has started brightly with three goals and has scored more than 15 goals a season in the past so if they can get him firing he could be the man they need. In 2-3 years this Milan attack will be outstanding but just at the minute not quite there.
Written By Matty Hutton
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