World Power Rankings 9/24

Recently on the latest episode of the video podcast Nate and I gave our takes on the top 5 teams in the world right now. This was based off of the Power Rankings done by ESPNFC. We both had the same 5 teams in almost the exact same order. My list looking like:

  1. Real Madrid
  2. Bayern Munich
  3. Barcelona
  4. Manchester United
  5. Arsenal

With his list looking like:

  1. Bayern Munich
  2. Real Madrid
  3. Barcelona
  4. Manchester United
  5. Arsenal

I think it’s time to revise the list after Manchester United got totally dominated by Manchester City and I’ll tell you why my list is the way it is.

  1. Bayern Munich – Now in the upcoming episode I said Bayern Munich would only move up to number 1 over Real Madrid once they set a lineup, well this weekend against Schalke they played so well and dominated the game that I can’t justify making the only reason they get to move up being a set lineup. Bayern played almost perfect football, controlling the tempo, passing crisply, attacking and defending with ease, and just making Schalke look completely inferior. Bayern are catching fire at the moment, with 7 goals in their past 2 games. Can anyone stop a fully realized Bayern side? Probably not, and early in the seasons of world football it looks increasingly likely the European Champions will repeat for the first time ever.
  2. Real Madrid – Real Madrid get bumped down to number 2 on my list for really only one reason, the quality of the team they beat this weekend wasn’t enough to keep them from holding off Bayern. a 6-1 win at Galatasaray in the Champions League followed by a 4-1 win over Getafe have Real Madrid flying right now. They are my picks to win La Liga and make a Champions League final unless paired up with Bayern in the Semis.
  3. Arsenal – This is going to be the most controversial spot on my list, but Arsene Wenger’s side are playing as well as any team on the planet right now. A great 2-1 win in Marseille was followed up by a good 3-1 win over Stoke City this weekend. Mesut Ozil leads the EPL with 3 assist and has only played 2 games in the league. Olivier Giroud is looking reliable, Flamini has added some fight to the midfield, and their back four are playing in top form.
  4. Barcelona – Now some might call me crazy for placing Arsenal ahead of Barcelona in my power rankings, but right now I feel that there is just something missing at the Nou Camp. Again, you might think I’m crazy after back to back 4-0 wins, but I just feel like Barcelona aren’t playing to full power. Their back four is suspect, and that right now is my main concern with the Blaugrana.
  5. Napoli – Big spending Napoli make an appearance in my top spot this week. A win over AC Milan where Pepe Reina became the first keeper to ever save a Mario Balotelli goal and a good win over Champions League runners up Dortmund have Napoli in good form, and Gonzalo Higuain looks the deadly striker that many knew he would be. How long Napoli can keep up their great form remains to be seen, but they’re my wildcard pick for the Serie A title this year.

Highest Assisting XI In EVERY Position This Season (2020-21)

And there it is, my top 5 in the world as of September 23rd. What do you think? Am I crazy for putting Arsenal ahead of Barcelona? Should Man City be in the list after decimating Manchester United? Let me know in the comments below or on twitter @theinformsoccer or @tbrfootball.

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