Every month, High Press Soccer will issue it’s Global Soccer Table. These are the best XI teams in the world, as seen by our staff.
The rankings take into account both domestic and European competitions. We try to take the month that was in as a whole and with context. For example, Leicester looking like the stronger side at Anfield than Manchester City did actually should matter.
Previous Global Soccer XI’s
|11. Tottenham||11. Leicester|
|10. PSG||10. Borussia Monchengladbach|
|9. Borussia Dortmund||9. Atletico Madrid|
|8. RB Leipzig||8. Inter Milan|
|7. Inter Milan||7. Real Madrid|
|6. Juventus||6. Ajax|
|5. Barcelona||5. Barcelona|
|4. Bayern Munich||4. Juventus|
|3. Atletico Madrid||3. Manchester City|
|2. Manchester City||2. Bayern Munich|
|1. Liverpool||1. Liverpool|
11. Ajax (Last Month: 6)
Too harsh a drop? Maybe. They’ve won their last 5 in the Eredivisie. They suffered a disappointing 1-0 home loss to Chelsea in the Champions League. However, they were on their way to reclaiming an impressive road win against Chelsea before going two-men down and drawing 4-4. At a minimum, hard to put them past Chelsea and some of the teams ahead of them have been stronger.
10. Chelsea (Last Month: NR)
The youths can play! While we still expect some inconsistent results throughout the season — Chelsea have enough depth to stay competitive in the UCL and Premier League. Frank Lampard has the Blue playing great soccer. Tammy Abraham keeps scoring. And so does Christian Pulisic, who looks like Eden Hazard 2.0 in current form. Pulisic’s 5 goals this past month give him his highest domestic total ever. And we’re only 12 matches into the season.
9. Leicester (Last Month: 11)
Leicester moved to a very deserved second in the Premier League. They absolutely paddled Southampton at St. Mary’s 9-0. Are Leicester the real challengers to Liverpool? They certainly looked the better side than Man City at Anfield.
8. Borussia Monchengladbach (Last Month: 10)
They just keep winning.
Monchengladbach are now 4 clear of RB Leipzig and Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga. There are some warning sign though to watch. Like last month, they’re third in xPTs. While Monch is second in xG, they’re 10th in xGA. That has them as the 3rd luckiest team in Germany.
7. Real Madrid (Last Month: 7)
Who the hell knows with this group. They’re so inconsistent. RM are even on points with Barca atop La Liga. They hammer Galatasaray 6-0 in the UCL and Leganes 5-0 in Spain…and lose to Mallorca. Still, Eden Hazard is losing his beer gut and rounding into form. They’re nearly -3 xG to their actual total, so Los Blancos have some positive indicators for improvement.
6. Bayern Munich (Last Month: 2)
Like Real Madrid, the German Giants are all over the board. They’re third in the Bundesliga table, with an embarrassing 5-1 loss to Eintracht Frankfurt. But they hammer BVB 4-0. They sack their manager. Philippe Coutinho has fallen out of favor. But Robert Lewandowski is CRUSHING SOULS with 16 goals across all competitions. Bayern are capable of beating anyone…and losing to almost anyone.
5. Barcelona (Last Month: 5)
Barca have been #5 each iteration of these rankings.
It’s kind of the same story with them. They’re atop La Liga. They’ll easily advance in the UCL. As long as Messi is in the line-up, they’re great. When he’s not, they’re in trouble.
We’re beginning to think this Messi guy is good or something.
4. Manchester City (Last Month: 3)
City lost 3-1 to Liverpool and, despite their baby-whining and ref-blaming, it was every bit a 3-1 loss.
There is no question City’s starting XI, when healthy, are one of the two best XI’s in the world. However, they’re clearly hurting on the backline due to injuries. And they’re mentally fragile. Pep is looking more and more like Jurgen Klopp is making him come unhinged. Raheem Sterling PHYSICALLY ASSULATED his England national teammate Joe Gomez. These boys don’t handle it well when things don’t go their way.
Oh, and they’re in fourth place in the Premier League and drew Atalanta in the UCL. And they’re in fourth place. In the Premier League. Despite having a $1B+ roster. Fourth. Place.
3. Juventus (Last Month: 4)
Well, they’re atop Serie A. Things aren’t right with Cristiano Ronaldo though. Murizio Sarri keeps yanking him from games. And then Juve wins those games after he’s pulled. He’s either not fit…or he’s 34 and finally declining.
Regardless, they’re going to cruise for their 947th straight Serie A title. They have easy passage through to the UCL Round of 16 as well. Once Sarri realizes he needs to play Paulo Dybala more than Ronaldo, watch out.
2. PSG (Last Month: NR)
Realty is, this may be 1-2 spots too high for PSG. But it’s a gut call.
They’ll easily win Ligue Ugh again. For the Parisians, it’s all about the Champions League. Mauro Icardi has been on fire. He’s essentially replaced Edinson Cavani in the starting XI. Angel Di Maria is playing his best soccer in years. Kylian Mbappe is doing Mbappe things. And Neymar will return at some point. This team has a terrifying array of talent. They should be considered real UCL contenders.
Liverpool (Last Month: 1)
All they do is win win win.
Liverpool handled City, making them meltdown. They’re likely going to win their UCL group. They’re the best team in the world. They have been all year.
First off the bench…
Well, it was going to be Inter Milan, but they gacked away their Champions League advancement shot at BVB. So it goes to Atletico Madrid, who are still in La Liga contention and will make it to the UCL Round of 16.