the king of leaders

The Iron Throne, for now, is for Madrid. King of the five -great- kingdoms of European football: Spain, England, France, Italy and Germany. A total of 98 teams make up their elites and of them, only one has not yet bled. The Madrid signs a plenary session in the League, six wins in six days; gallops at a firm and impeccable pace. This is the best start for the white team in the entire 21st century, having surpassed Pellegrini’s record in 2009-10, when the streak lasted five days (they lost in the sixth, 2-1 at Pizjuán, the night of Casillas’ impossible save on Perotti). The current Madrid, in fact, chain nine victories if Champions and European Super Cup are counted. is to three wins to sign the best startup in its 120-year history.

He walks undefeated, unpolluted. And in his favor he speaks that the calendarAt the start, it looked complicated: the first three days he had to play away from home. beat in Almeria (1-2), in balaídos (1-4) and in Cornellà-El Prat (1-3). To that must be added two wins at the Bernabéu (2-1 to Betis Y 4-1 to Majorca) and the recent one in the Metropolitan Civitas (1-2). Full. And that there is a huge stain on the resume: not a single clean sheet. “Well, in Champions at least yes! It is a pending task, we have to improve there”, Courtois himself joked after the victory against Leipzig. A fact that speaks ill of the rearguard and, at the same time, extols the attack. Even having conceded in the six league games, Madrid has won absolutely all of them.

Vinicius celebrates his goal against Betis at the Bernabéu.


Vinicius celebrates his goal against Betis at the Bernabéu.ISABEL INFANTSREUTERS


And nobody can say that in the five big European leagues. In the Premier the current leader is Arsenal, with a renewed team and a fervent Arteta, more plugged in than ever. His boys have won 18 of the 21 points they have played: They stumbled at Old Trafford (3-1). The only teams that can say, there, that they haven’t lost yet are Manchester City and Tottenham… but they have drawn. Both twice. More worrying is the situation of Liverpool and Chelsea, with four and three punctures respectively. And outside of Europe, right now. Looking at Francethe PSG is the leader with 22 points and one setback: draw at home against Monaco (1-1). Those from Galtier have not yet lost, like Marseille and Lens. His is a small cut.

Arsenal players celebrate a goal at home.


Arsenal players celebrate a goal at home.ANDY RAINEFE

But what about Germany, a tribute to the Red Wedding. If you are thinking about bayernstop doing it: They chain four games without winning and they are not even in Champions positions. In fact, the recent loss to Augsburg has turned fever into flu (1-0). And the debate this week is touching 50 degrees. The current leader of the Bundesliga is the humble Union Berlin, a team that exemplifies the importance of patience. Your project is simmering and going further: three years ago they were eleventh; two, sevenths ago; and last season, fifth, 1 point behind Champions. They are going leaders and although they assume that winning the title is a utopia, for now they enjoy the throne. No one has beaten them and they have only drawn two, against Bayern (1-1) and Mainz (0-0).

Müller, after losing to Augsburg.


Müller, after losing to Augsburg.picture allianceGetty

But it is that if you look at the A seriesthe sea is also rough. The champion goes fifth (Milan), Inter and Juventus are not even in Europe (seventh and eighth, respectively) and until a few days ago, the crown belonged to Udinese. In that brave river is fishing the Naplescurrent co-leader with the Atalanta (But better golaverage). They are the only two teams that have not yet lost in Italy, but both have drawn two games. They have already tasted the bitter taste of stumbling.

Rrahmani comforts Giroud after a match.


Rrahmani comforts Giroud after a match.MIGUEL MEDINAAFP

And in Spainfinally, the Barcelona crashed with the Santa Inés de Vallecas (0-0) the first day and the Betis… with Madrid itself. The AthleticIn addition to the derby, they have already lost to Villarreal (0-2) and tied in San Sebastián (1-1). That is the x-ray of European football: five Leagues and 98 teams, where 97 have already stumbled at least once. The Madrid is the exception. Current winner of Game of Thrones.

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the king of leaders