Bayern Munich’s best home form stood as one of the most amazing runs of European football. Since losing at home in November 2019, Bayern have played 30 Bundesliga matches at the Allianz Arena, winning 25 and drawing 5 times. During these 30 games, Bayern scored 113 goals at a rate close to 4 per game. On a full-time whistle, Eintracht Frankfurt players jumped for joy and met in a joint hug to pay tribute to their feat.
In France, Paris Saint-Germain is struggling to strengthen its economic power. However, despite missing the League 1 title in Lille last season, PSG has won 14 of the last 15 games and drew another. For a weekend trip to Renne, Mauricio Pochettino started Kylian Mbappe, Angel Di Maria, Neymar and Lionel Messi. Not only did they lose 2-0, but the ridiculous collection of expensive forwards couldn’t even collect shots at the target.
Barcelona and Real Madrid’s positions in LaLiga are not very solid. To a greater or lesser extent, these two historic superclubs have been punished for financial mismanagement and expensive transfer market mistakes. Ten years later, there is a fragment of the idea written about Barcelona’s decision to spend £ 370 million on Philippe Coutinho, Ousmane Dembele and Antoine Griezmann. Real Madrid’s failure occurred in 2020, when they invested £ 160 million in the vulnerable Eden Hazard and Luka Jović. But the defeat of both clubs on the same weekend has always been the top news in Spain.
This was the first time these four clubs have lost on the same weekend since 2003. Meanwhile, Barcelona and Real Madrid entered the Champions League dynasty, PSG emerged as a new model for state football clubs, and Bayern Munich trampled the entire Bundesliga match. Prior to 2003, Bayern had won five of the last 12 German titles. They are now winning the last nine.
Bavaria and PSG will almost certainly win the national league. Bayern only leads by goal difference, but it will definitely clear as other players catch up. PSG may have lost to Rennes, but with a 6-point cushion at the top of League One, he decides to redeem his humility last season. France and Germany are not celebrating the change of guards.
In Spain, it’s a little different given the consistency of Atletico Madrid. How two of Spain’s largest clubs desperately claw after the European Super League plan to stop the financial headaches of self-harm and lock in their strength position is their epic history. Believe in and deserve our contempt. But Real Madrid is still at the top of LaLiga. Barcelona will be 2 points behind them if they win the game in their hands, due to all the cries of the crisis.
That’s what extreme wealth and economic inequality in European football guarantee: recurring insurance policies. If other clubs in LaLiga spend frustrated and ignorant like Barcelona, they will certainly suffer from demotion. However, in these super clubs, a thick glass floor remains to stop the slide. You can make a series of rotten decisions, but you always like to beat Levante at home. The Rennes team, who sold their valuable assets to Real Madrid this summer, will not be able to win the title without achieving their goals. Given the current situation, that will never change.
But that means we have to procure our joy when we can. Rejoicing in the misery of others is not a particularly healthy pursuit, but given the dominance of the national league by clubs that enjoy the vast inequality of football, we can certainly make an exception here. It may be only a temporary relief to see clubs such as Espanyol, Renne and Eintracht Frankfurt bruising their noses, but at least it’s a precious romance in an environment where nothing is usually seen. Provides a good injection.
Normal service will resume. PSG sets Angers aside after an international break. Bayern could beat second-placed Leverkusen to establish a lead at the top of the Bundesliga.Real Madrid and Barcelona face Athletic Bilbao and Valencia respectively before the first match Classico seasonal.
But the rarity of these weekends only makes them more special. They will be less as football destroys its mystery by allowing the rich and the rich to be deprived of their talents. Therefore, if they are destined to occur only once every 20 years, stick to their memory for the next two weeks. These are days that remind us of a long way off when supporters of the “less” club go toe-to-toe with Goliath and celebrate the giant’s helpless scribbles on the floor.