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5 European teams who have surprised everyone this season

Liam Flin
SENIOR ANALYST
Modified 18 Feb 2017, 15:26 IST
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#1 RB Leipzig

Love them or hate them, Leipzig are here to stay

Love them or hate them, Bundesliga newboys Leipzig look right at home in the German top flight, having achieved the feat this term of a record unbeaten start for a league newcomer. Their form in 2017 hasn’t been remarkable but it’s testament to the sensational start they made to the campaign that they still sit in second, seven points clear of Eintracht Frankfurt in third and only seven points behind a rampant Bayern Munich side at the top of the tree.

As surprising as their own form this campaign has been the rise of youngster Timo Werner, who has bagged 11 goals and two assists this term, spearheading one of the most exciting attacking contingents in Europe at present.

The club may be blessed with a big transfer kitty and a hatred from the rest of German football which drives them further, but expectations for the club in their first ever Bundesliga season were a lot lower than what we have seen unfold – beating the drop in itself would’ve been a great achievement for the newboys.

Nonetheless, they shook off the prejudices and the division’s youngest squad (average age of 24.1) has been fearless from the off, unbeaten until matchday 14 and having stunned the German football community by displacing the usual chasing pack of Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Leverkusen. Some are even tipping Leipzig to do their very own ‘Leicester City’ and go one further than second place now.

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Published 18 Feb 2017, 14:59 IST
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