3 clubs in Europe that are punching above their weight this season
With the start of each season, every fan hopes that it’s going to be the year that their club shines. Fans of big clubs dream of winning the league while the fans of newly promoted and mid-table clubs hope of keeping their place in the league and produce some major upsets.
Halfway through the season across all the leagues, we have seen clubs like Manchester United, Real Madrid, and Bayern Munich failed to live up to their expectations; Not only against clubs close to their caliber but also against clubs whose transfer budgets are less than their best player’s annual salary.
Along with the suffering of these big clubs, we have had the delight to watch lower-rated clubs play some beautiful football and punch above their weight.
Let’s look at some of those clubs across all the top five European Leagues.
1. Borussia Mönchengladbach, Bundesliga, Position: 3rd
After finishing 9th in the 2017/18 season of the Bundesliga, not many would have expected this from Borussia Mönchengladbach. They finished a whopping 37 points behind runaway league winners Bayern Munich with only 47 points last season. However, they are already on 33 points at the halfway stage this year and only three points behind the champions.
Thorgan Hazard has been a revelation for them this term, contributing in 19 goals with nine goals and six assists in the Bundesliga alone. On the back of this young Belgian’s form, Borussia Mönchengladbach upset the mighty Bayern away from home, declaring that they’re not going to be a push-over team this term.
Even though it is too early in the season to tell if they are going to give Bayern and Dortmund a run for their money, they’ve still got the other teams talking and thinking on how to beat them.