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After one year in which:
– Bayern Munich won five trophies.
– COVID ruined everything.
– Liverpool won the Premier League.
– COVID ruined everything.
– Leeds United won promotion to the Premier League.
– COVID RUINED EVERYTHING !!!!!!!
We in 90minThe Definitive European Power Rankings headquarters has decided to try, TRY, to finish the year on the top rankings the top 15 teams of the year with quotes from some of the best films of 2020 (yes, some films were released in 2020):
“This is not the Great Beyond. It is the Great Before.” (Soul)
2020 felt like a ‘big before’ for Aston Villa, a year in which the club laid the foundations for a rather exciting future.
They convinced Jack Grealish to sign a contract extension, they solved his problem with the forward signing Ollie Watkins, they got John McGinn back in top form spirit they strengthened their defense.
Now, heading into 2021, Villa is one of the best teams in the league and it looks like it will only get better.
“We have to take what we can when it’s good.”
“That seems dangerous.”
“So anything is worth doing.” (First cow)
While the Premier League greats are struggling to find some sort of consistency, Southampton is being tapped while it’s there to be tapped.
They racked up points at a club record pace in 2020 thanks in large part to the genuinely charming man Ralph Hasenhuttl.
“You have to start seeing the world differently.” (Beginning)
2020 was a tale of two opposing tactical approaches for SSC Napoli.
During the first half of the year Gennaro Gattuso prepared his team to sneak in a goal and defend it for their lives. And, you know, the credit where it’s due, it worked: Napoli did exactly that to win the Coppa Italia.
In the second half of the year, Partenopei went on the offensive, trying to outperform all the teams they face. And the credit where it is due again, but that is also working: Naples is one of the pioneers in lifting the Scudetto in 2021.
“People stay in unhealthy relationships because it’s easier. Basic physics. A moving object tends to stay in motion. People tend to stay in relationships after their expiration date. It’s Newton’s first law of emotion “. (I’m thinking of ending things)
Neil Lennon and Celtic’s relationship is past its expiration date. The results have been dire in recent months and the Bhoys seem doomed to see their Old Firm rivals Rangers lift the SPFL trophy at the end of the 2020/21 season.
‘So why is Celtic even on this list?’
That’s a good question with a fairly simple answer: trophies.
As horrible as they have been this season, last season Celtic won for the fourth consecutive treble.
Three trophies in 2020 = place at the end of the year Definitive European Power Rankings. Is that how it works.
“Sirs, welcome back …” (Give 5 Bloods)
After seeing archrival Benfica lift the Premier League title in 2019, Porto responded in 2020.
The Portuguese giants not only regained the league title in 2020, but also won the Taca de Portugal (equivalent to the FA Cup) and qualified for the round of 16 of the UEFA Champions League.
Porto, welcome back to the great moment.
“The story isn’t here yet. It’s coming, but maybe this time we can take it on our own terms.” (First cow)
Okay, let’s recite some numbers to back up why the Rangers rank 10th at the end of the year in the Definitive European Power Rankings.
Rangers 2020/21 season so far:
Goals Scored: 85
Objectives granted: fifteen
Goal difference: +60
A first SPFL title in a decade is not here yet. But it is coming.
“Don’t try to understand it, feel it.” (Beginning)
Leeds United are not the best team in Europe (being ninth in the PRDEs says it all), but they could be the most fun to watch.
Both likely to lose 6-2 and win 5-0, both of which were done in the Christmas period, Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds is a team that we will never fully understand, but we will still enjoy it.
Oh also, stay away from Twitter Leeds. Or, you know, have someone other than a 12 year old run your official account at a minimum.
“So are they good or bad?”
“It depends on the century.”
“We fight for what we think is right.” (The old guard)
Is Juventus good or bad?
A ninth consecutive Scudetto suggests the former, but watching the team week after week suggests the latter.
I guess we’ll find out in 2021 …
“You can’t capture a man’s entire life in two hours. All you can hope for is to leave an impression of one.” (Mank)
You generally can’t determine a soccer team’s credentials in an hour and a half. One game is usually not enough.
So when Lyon beat City to reach the UEFA Champions League semi-finals, most people assumed it was just a fluke. However, when you take a look at how well the Ligue 1 team has performed since that victory, you’ll see that the Lyon that showed up for the quarter-final with Man City is, well, Lyon.
It is who they are now.
It is one of the best teams in Europe. Their victories over Juventus, Man City, Paris Saint-Germain and their place at the top of Ligue 1 prove it.
“You just have to trust us.” (Give 5 Bloods)
Sevilla are the first soccer team to trust Julen Lopetegui in quite some time, and that trust has been rewarded with a huge, rather strange looking trophy called the Europa League in 2020.
Los Nervionenses’ form continued very, very, very decent since winning that trophy rightfully placed them among the European elite this year.
“Winning the election, is that first on your wish list? Equality, justice, education, poverty and progress, are they second?” (The Chicago 7 trial)
Winning soccer matches is first on Real Madrid’s wish list. Everything else is second.
For the most part in 2020, Real Madrid won soccer matches.
And although football has not been very good, although there is concern about the lack of goals from people who are not called ‘Sergio Ramos’ or ‘Karim Benzema’, the whites have continued to win games. And that, for them, is all that matters.
“In the real world, power goes where it always goes, to the people who already have it.” (Project power)
Look, we’ve already talked about how great Lyon is and how great it is to be at the top of Ligue 1, but we all know how the 2020/21 season ends.
It ends with PSG as champion, and probably also as a national treble.
In Ligue 1, the title goes where it always goes, to Paris Saint-Germain.
“We have a real connection. A rare and intense bond. I’ve never experienced anything like this.” (I’m thinking of ending things)
How is it possible?
How is it possible that Zlatan Ibrahimovic, a 39-year-old striker who has suffered a serious cruciate ligament injury, can sign for AC Milan and immediately make them virtually invincible?
How is it still this Okay?
“I’m late. Hell, I’m late.” (Soul)
Despite 2020 being a bit of a year-long crap (to say the least), Liverpool fans will take comfort in the fact that they finally saw their soccer team win a long-awaited Premier League title. long time.
We hope you don’t have to wait so long for another.
“Brilliance must be recognized.” (The Knights
I mean, Of course Bayern Munich heads the PRDE at the end of the year 2020.
They are the best team in Europe. It’s just a fact.
The victory of the UEFA Champions League proves it, as does the Bundesliga title … and the DFB-Pokal … and the UEFA Super Cup … and the DFB-Supercup.
They won everything.
They beat everyone.
They are the best.