FC Bayern Munich’s best form at home is one of the most incredible tracks in European football. After losing at home in November 2019, FC Bayern played 30 Bundesliga matches at the Allianz Arena, winning 25 and drawing five. In those 30 games Bayern scored 113 goals at a rate of almost 4 goals per game. At the full-time whistle, the Eintracht Frankfurt players jumped for joy and met in a shared embrace to pay homage to their performance.
In France, Paris Saint-Germain is struggling to strengthen its economic power. Despite losing the Ligue 1 title at Lille last season, PSG have won 14 of their last 15 matches and ended in a draw. For a weekend trip to Rennes, Mauricio Pochettino created Killian Mbape, Angel Di Maria, Neymar and Lionel Messi. Not only did they lose 2-0, but the ridiculous accumulation of expensive strikers couldn’t even muster a shot on goal.
The position of Barcelona and Real Madrid in La Liga is not very stable. These two historic super clubs have more or less been punished for financial mismanagement and costly transfer market mistakes. Ten years later, there are fragments of ideas written for Barcelona’s decision to spend £370 million on Philippe Coutinho, Usmane Dembele and Antoine Griezmann. Real Madrid’s fiasco came in 2020 when they invested £160m in risky Eden Hazard and Luka Jovic. But the defeats of both clubs on the same weekend are always the best news in Spain.
This was the first time these four clubs had lost on the same weekend in 2003. Meanwhile, Barcelona and Real Madrid entered the Champions League dynasty, PSG emerged as the new model for the state football club and Bayern Munich trampled all the Bundesliga matches until dead. Prior to 2003, Bayern won five of the last twelve German titles. Now they have won the last nine games.
Bayern and PSG will almost certainly win the Bundesliga. Bayern only lead by a goal difference, but that will surely become clear when the other players catch up. PSG may have lost to Rennes, but with a 6-point lead at the top of the Premier League, he decided to make up for his humility last season. France and Germany do not celebrate the security changes.
In Spain, given Atletico Madrid’s persistence, things are a little different. How Spain’s two biggest clubs are desperate to pursue a European Super League plan to stop financial headaches from hurting themselves and maintain their strong position is their epic story. Believe and deserve our humiliation. But Real Madrid is still at the top of the La Liga standings. Barcelona will be 2 points behind if they win the game in their hands because of all the crunch screams.
What guarantees extreme wealth and economic inequality in European football: a recurring insurance policy. If other La Liga clubs were to spend money as frustrated and stupid as Barcelona, they would definitely be relegated. However, a thick glass floor is left in this super club to stop the slide. You can make a number of lazy decisions, but you will always be happy to beat Levante at home. Rennes, who sold his prized fortune to Real Madrid this summer, will not be able to win the title without achieving his goal. Given the current situation, that would never change.
But it means we have to give our joy when we can. Indulging in the misery of others is not a very healthy activity, but given the dominance of Bundesliga clubs that enjoy huge inequality in football, we can certainly make an exception here. It might just be a temporary relief to see clubs like Espanyol, Rennes and Eintracht Frankfurt rub their noses, but at least it’s a precious romance in an environment where usually nothing is in sight. Gives a good shot.
Normal service is resumed. PSG eliminated Angers after the international break. Bayern can beat Leverkusen, second in the table, to hold themselves at the top of the Bundesliga. Real Madrid and Barcelona will face Athletic Bilbao and Valencia respectively ahead of the first game of the Classico season.
But this weekend’s rarity only makes them more special. They will earn less because football destroys its mystery and allows the rich and rich to lose their talent. So if you just want them to show up every 20 years, stick with them for the next two weeks. There are days that remind us of long journeys when “less” club fans walk with Goliath and celebrate helpless scribbles on the floor.