Following Leicester City’s surprise title win last season, many a supposed minnows around Europe are taking up the initiative and challenging the traditional big wigs of their respective domestic leagues.
Here are 4 of such “little” clubs making waves outside of the EPL and who could pull a Leicester City in the long run.
In a league where PSG’s dominance have held sway for the past seasons, these former giants are rediscovering their long lost selves and are looking ready to challenge the capital club to the title.
In 12 Ligue 1 fixtures, Les Rouges et Blancs (The Red and Whites) have won 8 games, drawn 2 and only lost 2, and are tied in joint 2nd place with PSG.
The fact that the team that placed 3rd last season and finished several points behind the perennial league winners have EPL reject Radamel Falcao, spearheading their attack and cause makes it all the more intriguing.
The Colombian who arrived from Atletico Madrid in 2013 for a club record of £50million is finally finding his feet after seasons of disappointments, and already has 4 goals in 6 appearances.
Monaco might just win the Ligue 1 for 2016-17, while Falcao emerge as highest goalscorer. 10000 – 1 odds?
The German side were almost relegated last season, but are now up there on the log in a twist turn of tales this term.
Following a 1-1 draw at the Allianz Arena against Munich last weekend, the Rhein-Neckar-Arena outfit are yet to lose a game in all10 Bundesliga fixtures, winning 5 and drawing the other 5.
Surprisingly, a 29-year-old Julian Nagelsmann is the one calling the shots from the technical box. Dubbed “Baby Mourinho” by some, the young coach made history by keeping a relegation-bound Hoffenheim in the league in just 3 months at the helm.
In 26 Bundesliga games under Nagelsmann, Hoffenheim have won 13, drawn 7 and lost just 6 games.
Watch your back Bayern!
After 12 rounds of Ligue 1 games, OGC Nice, and not PSG are topping the French league log.
The club that finished in 4th place last season are 3 points ahead of PSG and Monaco, and have only lost once this term following a shocking 1-nil defeat in the hands of Caen last weekend.
An unlikely candidate is championing Nice’s surprise run this term, and it’s a certain Mario Balotelli.
The 26-year-old has averaged a goal per game having scored 6 goals in 6 games thus far. Can he lead Nice to an unlikely title win?
The Bundesliga also have another surprise package this season, and it’s this newly promoted 7-year-old side.
Leipzig are 1 of the 3 sides in Germany’s top league that are yet to lose a game this season.
Currently occupying 2nd place on the log following 7 wins and 3 draws, the Red Bull Arena outfit are tied on same points with Bayern Munich, and are steadily on the defending champs’ heels for the top prize.
Dortmund have been put to the sword by these newcomers, highlighting the fact that they mean a lot of business in what is the club’s first ever Bundesliga appearance.
Which of these 4 is capable of pulling off another title stunt on the continent?
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