The European domestic leagues and continental tournaments are already in full swing as we head towards the winter months.
The UEFA Champions League this season looks as open as any before, with a number of teams staking their claim in the formative stages. However, defending champions Real Madrid have been struggling this season while their eternal rivals Barcelona have already notched up three victories in the first three matches.
Domestically, the leagues in England and Spain are being tightly contested with only a couple of points separating the top five sides. In France and Italy, for yet another season, Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus respectively, have taken control of the title race once again.
Meanwhile the biggest surprise lies in Germany where Borussia Dortmund sit at the top with the Bavarian giants, Bayern Munich.
Therefore, let’s take a look at the 5 most in-form teams in Europe this season.
In the summer, Arsenal’s long-standing manager, Arsene Wenger finally bid adieu to the Emirates. Many believed that the transition would be rocky and the new manager would encounter problems at the outset. However, after a couple of early defeats, Arsenal have found their groove.
The Gunners are on an 11 match winning streak with their latest victory being a 1-0 to the Arsenal against Sporting Lisbon. The players seem to be buying into Emery’s philosophy with overlapping full-backs becoming a common feature over the games.
However, the manager also deserves a lot of credit. Emery has gotten the likes of Alex Iwobi, Hector Bellerin, and Danny Welbeck operating at a much higher level than earlier while new signings Sokratis, Leno, Torreira, and Guendouzi have been incorporated seamlessly.
Liverpool were the biggest spenders in England this summer with numerous new faces coming through the Anfield door. Alisson and Naby Keita quickly acclimatized to their new surroundings while Shaqiri and Fabinho took longer.
Liverpool currently sits in second in the Premier League table, behind title-holders Manchester City on goal difference.
Their best display this season came against French champions PSG at Anfield which allow them to occupy the top spot of their group in the Champions League.
Liverpool have their defence to thank for this as they have conceded only 3 goals in the league.
#3 Manchester City
And yes, another English team are on the list; and how can they not be if they continue where they left off last season.
The Cityzens have already impressed as they scored 26 goals while letting in only 3. Pep Guardiola has blended style and substance superbly and is reaping the rewards.
More than the results, it has been the quality of their performances which has earmarked them for domestic and continental success. At the weekend, they demolished Burnley 5-0 before turning in a virtuoso display at Shakhtar Donetsk.
Sergio Aguero, David Silva, Bernardo Silva, and Raheem Sterling have been scintillating in the attacking third while Laporte and Stones have been rocks at the back. Apart from a shock defeat to Lyon, the Cityzens look on course to leaving everyone in their wake.
However, there is a sense of real optimism that City could actually make a mark on the European stage this time around.
The Old Lady took the footballing world by storm in summer when they captured the services of Cristiano Ronaldo.
In the Champions League, Juventus enjoy a 100% record having beaten Valencia, Young Boys, and Manchester United. Their victory at Old Trafford emphasised a gap existing between United and Juventus while also highlighting Juventus’ credentials as a genuine contender for the title.
Allegri seems to have stumbled upon a perfect recipe for success with Bonucci and Chiellini acting as solid walls at the back.
However, the resurgence of Dybala is hands down Juve’s biggest plus. The Argentine has been in outstanding form recently and seems to have found a match with Ronaldo up front (unlike with Messi).
#1 Borussia Dortmund
The most in-form team in Europe are German giants, Borussia Dortmund. After the appointment of Lucian Favre, not many expected a swift turnaround of fortunes. However, the Signal Iduna Park has been a witness to some breath-taking football.
After 8 games, Dortmund leads the table having scored an incredible 27 goals. Their young guns Larsson, Pulisic, Sancho have enjoyed stellar seasons. Additionally, the likes of Reus and Gotze seem to be feeding off positively from the youngsters’ energy around them.
However, the biggest splash has been caused by two of their summer recruits. While Paco Alcacer has grabbed all the headlines with his scoring feats, Axel Witsel has slipped under the radar and been an indispensable presence in midfield.
In Europe, Dortmund laid down their marker after dismantling Atletico Madrid 4-0 at the Westfalonstadion. Being one of only three teams to maintain a perfect start, they are real dark horses to go all the way in the Champions League.
Not many expected Dortmund to be flying at this stage of the season. However, those acquainted with the club would feel that a Klopp-esque era was overdue. At the cost of sounding too optimistic: the current side is eerily reminiscent of the exciting and exhilarating Dortmund of the early 2010s. An extension of their early season exploits would certainly keep them in good stead for silverware.