90min's definitive European power rankings 2021/22 - week two

02 September 2021 09:00

Following a week in which:

- Antoine Griezmann re-joined Atletico Madrid.

- Cristiano Ronaldo re-joined Manchester United.

- Willian re-joined Corinthians (maybe not as big of a deal as the other two).

We at 90min are going have another crack at ranking the 10 best teams in Europe - this time using quotes from everyone's favourite Netflix comedy: Grace and Frankie.

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10. West Ham (Down 7)

Moyes' men continue to impress | Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

“I just prefer to have everybody like me.”

Are David Moyes' West Ham the most likeable football team in England right now?

- They play entertaining football.
- They have a lovely man as their manager.
- They probably have the best kit in the whole league.
- Are a bit of an underdog (which we all love).

They might just be.


9. VfL Wolfsburg (New Entry)

Wolfsburg are as good as their kits -which is very good | RONNY HARTMANN/Getty Images

"Ta-da, congratulate me."

Wolfsburg are one of only two teams in Europe's top four leagues to have won their first three league fixtures of the season.

You'll find out the other later in the article.oooohh cliffhanger.


8. AS Roma (New Entry)

Things are going well for Mourinho in Rome | Ivan Romano/Getty Images

"Once you see the real me, you are gonna run for the hills."

Two wins from two, seven goals scored and only one conceded in Serie A - things are going pretty well for Jose Mourinho at AS Roma so far.

Will the good times last though?

The last four or five years of Mourinho's time in management suggest they won't.


7. Manchester City (New Entry)

City battered Arsenal | Catherine Ivill/Getty Images

"Your struggle is an inspiration to all of us. Here are your Gucci loafers."

Poor little Pep Guardiola and poor little Manchester City.

The cash-strapped club were unable to fork out £170m for Harry Kane this summer and, as a result, were only able to beat Arsenal 5-0 this past weekend.

Woe is City.


6. Manchester United (New Entry)

"I am young. My joints are supple."

Yes, Manchester United did sign a 36-year-old to the largest contract in Premier League history.

Yes, that would be weird under normal circumstances.

But signing Cristiano Ronaldo isn't really normal circumstances, is it?

Judging by his two depressingly good goals against Republic of Ireland on Wednesday, he's still able to play like a footballer ten years his junior.


5. Paris Saint-Germain (Down 3)

Messi at PSG - weird | FRANCK FIFE/Getty Images

"You can't see me, you can't stop me."

No one is stopping Paris Saint-Germain in Ligue 1 this season.

They have Lionel Messi, Neymar, Kylian Mbappe, Gianluigi Donnarumma, Angel Di Maria and Marco Verratti.

The rest of the league has *checks notes* Dimitri Payet.

Just give them the trophy already.


4. Tottenham Hotspur (Up 4)

Tottenham are top of the league | GLYN KIRK/Getty Images

"Everybody needs to toughen up and get me resurrected before I really lose my s--t!"

The other team that has won all three of their league games to start the season - yes, Tottenham and Wolfsburg, it's weird I know.

Spurs, after years of not bothering their heads, have finally embarked on their 'painful rebuild' and it looks like it's resurrecting them as a force in the Premier League.


3. Inter (Up 1)

New season, same Inter | Emmanuele Ciancaglini/Getty Images

"I gained another pound today. But I think it’s a pound of knowledge."

With each passing week we're finding out more and more about Simone Inzaghi's new Inter team.

And what we've found out so far is that they're pretty damn good.

Two wins from two and new signings coming through with big goals in big moments. We love to see it.


2. Bayern Munich (Up 5)

Lewa can't stop scoring | Matthias Hangst/Getty Images

"I'm just like you but with a better personality."

Robert Lewandowski is just like your team's star striker - only he's 100x better.

The Polish star bagged a hat trick at the weekend to take his tally for the season to seven.

Seven goals and it's only the start of September. Insane.


1. Chelsea (-)

Tuchel is doing pretty damn well at Chelsea | Michael Regan/Getty Images

"I don’t need anybody but me to tell me that I’m an artist."

Everyone is in agreement that Thomas Tuchel is the best manager in Europe, right?

Well, everyone should be because he is.

He proved it by masterminding a defensive masterclass to earn a ten-man Chelsea team a draw at Anfield last Saturday.


Source: 90min