October is on the horizon and it’s at this stage of a campaign that business truly starts to pick up.
Pre-season and transfer dealings are now a distant memory and teams have started to gel knowing full well the season is a marathon, not a sprint.
Hence why no one is getting carried away with championship aspirations; this part of the year is about laying the foundations for a tilt.
With that being said, two clubs across Europe’s top five leagues have caught the imagination. Even though we’ve not seen them play 10 matches, they are doing their chatting on the pitch.
Liverpool and Inter Milan – out of 10 unbeaten sides in those aforementioned top divisions – hold an impressive 100% record after six and four matches respectively.
But how do they compare in the sea of unconquered teams?
To have one club across Europe’s ‘big five’ leagues – which consists of 98 teams in total – with a perfect record as September comes to an end would still be impressive given how competitive these top divisions have become down the years. But we are currently dealing with two; one slightly more surprising than the other.
Liverpool: played six, won six, scored 17, conceded five.
Liverpool, it’s worth remembering, failed to win eight times last season, losing just once as they missed out on the Premier League title by a solitary point. Jurgen Klopp’s men are the early pacesetters in England’s top flight, winning six from six, but it hasn’t been smooth sailing. The Reds have bagged 17 goals, which sees them behind second-placed Man City (27), whilst conceding five goals, making their defence joint best with Leicester City.
Inter Milan: played five, won five, scored 10, conceded one.
If the defending European champions’ start comes as no surprise, then how do you explain Inter Milan, who have been in the doldrums of late. They waved goodbye to Luciano Spalletti in the summer before saying hello to serial winner Antonio Conte who couldn’t have got off to a better start.
The Nerazzurri have played two fewer games than Liverpool but have won them all, including a recent derby against city rivals AC Milan. Inter have registered nine goals, joint third-highest in the league whilst only conceding once which is three fewer than Juventus, who are breathing down their necks.
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The other six unbeatables
Of the top five European leagues, only Ligue 1 is not represented here. Each one of their 20 sides, including first among equals Paris Saint-Germain, have already tasted defeat. Liverpool, meanwhile, are the Premier League’s sole inclusion whilst the Bundesliga, La Liga and Serie A all have three teams yet to lose a game.
Among those in Germany is the familiar face of Bayern Munich who have won three of their opening five games. It leaves them two points behind leaders RB Leipzig whose only dropped points so far have come against the aforementioned German champions. Further down the table, in eighth, are Wolfsburg (two wins and three draws from five).
Moving to Italy, the current unbeaten sides are found in the top two places, below Inter are Juventus (four wins from five) who, just after the recent international break, were held to a goalless draw at Fiorentina which manager Maurizio Sarri wasn’t impressed by.
La Liga seems to be up for grabs this season. The top eight clubs are separated by just six points. Athletic Bilbao, who currently sit fourth, are yet to suffer a loss (picking up three wins from six). with Real Madrid – surprisingly given the drama that surrounds them – being the current leaders (four wins from six).