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Perhaps not surprisingly given that they lost their coach and one of their most iNFLuential players during the summertime, Napoli have slipped Juve’s pace slightly, not because of the 3-1 defeat for their title rivals in September. However, Carlo Ancelotti insists today is not the time for calculations since they sit on peak of a Champions League group comprising Liverpool and PSG.
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Forget the past ten, Chelsea haven’t dropped in 18 since Maurizio Sarri took over but the Blues confront some massive evaluations in the coming fortnight, with Spurs on Saturday along with also a London derby against a familiar manager next weekend before Manchester City arrive at Stamford Bridge. Are they sussed?
8) RB Leipzig
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Leipzig have increased from the bottom of the Bundesliga to third party since their opening-day conquer to Borussia Dortmund but four draws against sides from the bottom half of the table have curtailed their surge to the top. Ralf Rangnick’s side are five points away one and leaders Bayern behind Borussia Monchengladbach, who they face next week.
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The three draws here require some context: they had been 1-1s against three other teams on this list — Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester City. But there remains the feeling that Liverpool are yet to click consistently. Jurgen Klopp has experimented sometimes this expression however he needs to find an answer before traveling to Europe’s most in-form team next week in the Champions League.
6) Inter Milan
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One win in their opening four games left Inter open to the accusation they were concentrated too much in their return to the Champions League, but at least their launch last-gasp victory over Spurs in the San Siro prompted an advancement in form that saw them win their next seven games in Serie A. Although a home game against Frosinone this weekend is a nice way to regain some kind next week that run came crashing to a halt with a 4-1 humping time out.
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It appears wrong to suggest that Europe’s fifth-most in-form team returns after the global break looking for some shape but that’s exactly what Unai Emery is looking for this particular Large Weekend. It’s now over a month since the Gunners won. Turning up from the start would be helpful in Bournemouth on Sunday.
3) Manchester City
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Pep Guadiola will feel City ought to be up there with PSG given that in both draws, the champions missed a late penalty in Liverpool while Wolves’ purpose in the 1-1 in Molineux ten games was turned into the internet by Willy Boly’s hand.
Massimiliano Allegri’s guys, just like the other areas in this shirt three, have over one eye on the Champions League this year but their Serie A form remains solid — only Genoa have obtained points in the Old Lady this year, leaving Juve six points clear at the summit.
1) Paris Saint-Germain
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Just the 13 points evident in Ligue 1 however PSG could be out of the Champions League next week if Liverpool beat them again on Wednesday and also Napoli turn over Red Star. It might be a stretch to state their year would be over, but it given how badly the Qatari owners want to succeed in Europe, it’s not an unreasonable assumption. Option take: there’s little distracting them from focusing of the power on the Champions League should they scrape through Group C. Liverpool, it’s over to you…