The international break is a good time to reflect on the start of the 2019/20 season.
Some fans will be ecstatic with how their team has begun the campaign.
Others hope for improvement as the winter months approach while if you support Manchester United, the less said, the better.
The pre-season is a crucial time in the football calendar.
The transfer window allows clubs to improve their squads while also putting together a strategy on the practice pitch and in pre-season friendlies that hopefully yields success once the competitive stuff gets underway.
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Can you imagine the disappointment when, after just a couple of months, there’s nothing to show for their efforts?
That is what some managers will be chewing over as their players set off for international football.
Here at GiveMeSport, we’ve decided to rank six teams who promised a lot but have so far failed to deliver.
6. Real Betis
Real Betis sit just two points above the relegation zone after a poor start to the campaign.
The Spanish club lost Giovani Lo Celso and Junior Firpo in the summer and are working under a new coach in Rubi, and the changes have taken their toll.
Betis have been on the receiving end of some heavy defeats, losing 5-2 to Barcelona and 5-1 to Villarreal. They have the worst defensive record in La Liga with 16 goals conceded.
Nabil Fekir and Borja Iglesias were exciting signings but it’s seems Los Verdiblancos have taken a backwards step.
5. Borussia Dortmund
Bayern Munich faced a serious threat to their stranglehold on the Bundesliga last season.
Borussia Dortmund led the way for most of the season and were in first place after defeating Wolfsburg 2-0 on March 30.
But they surrendered top spot to Bayern after losing 5-0 to the Bavarians one week later, and that was it for their title challenge.
It was thought that Lucien Favre’s side would compete once again and, while they are only four points behind currently leaders Borussia Monchengladbach, Dortmund haven’t made a great start.
They have three wins from their first seven matches, keeping just one clean sheet.
This is despite possessing a seriously talented squad.
Marco Reus and Jadon Sancho are both fine players and more than £100m was spent on improving the roster in the summer.
Thorgan Hazard and Julian Brandt were signed to improve the attack while Paco Alcacer’s loan move was made permanent.
And Mats Hummels and Nico Schulz arrived to make the defence stronger.
But Dortmund have already allowed 11 goals, are making poor errors and conceded late equalisers in recent draws against Eintracht Frankfurt and Freiburg.
4. AC Milan
AC Milan underwent an overhaul of their squad in the summer of 2017 in their attempts to return from football’s wilderness.
And they saw some results last season, finishing fifth in Serie A.
The club invested once again this summer, spending nearly £100 million on new players.
Franck Kessie arrived in a £21.6 million deal from Atalanta, Rafael Leao joined from Lille for £20.7m and Theo Hernandez arrived from Real Madrid, costing AC Milan £18m.
Yet the Italian club currently sit 13th in the table having lost four of their first seven matches.
Among those defeats was a 2-0 loss to rivals Inter Milan in September.
Having been banned from the Europa League for breaching financial fair play rules, it’s been a bad campaign on and off the pitch in Milan.
3. Manchester United
Where do we start?
Two points above the relegation zone. Two wins from eight league matches and defeats to Crystal Palace, West Ham and Newcastle United.
This isn’t how Ole Gunnar Solskjaer envisioned his first full season in charge of Manchester United.
The Red Devils spent nearly £150m in the transfer window - including a world-record fee for a defender - but the campaign has been disastrous.
Solskjaer’s team possesses talent in the likes of Paul Pogba, Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford, Harry Maguire and David de Gea, but they’re not playing at a high standard.
Few expected them to compete for the Premier League title given the quality of Liverpool and Manchester City but to find themselves 15 points behind the leaders through eight matches is embarrassing.
Lyon sacked their manager Sylvinho on Monday after losing to St Etienne at the weekend.
It was their seventh consecutive Ligue 1 match without a win.
Currently sitting 14th in the table, Lyon have collected just one more point than bottom-placed Metz.
The club had to deal with a lot of turnaround in the summer, losing Ferland Mendy, Tanguy Ndombele and Nabil Fekir among others.
Yet the French club hoped the arrivals of Joachim Andersen, Thiago Mendes and Jeff Reine-Adelaide would help them after they finished third last season, with their total spend reaching £79.2m.
The Champions League outfit have been a real disappointment and certainly didn’t expect to be sacking their manager so early on.
Galatasaray have won the Turkish Super Lig in each of the past two seasons and were expected to run away with it in 2019/20 after an impressive summer.
Radamel Falcao, Steven Nzonzi, Florin Andone, Mario Lemina, Ryan Babel and Jean Michael Seri all joined the Istanbul-based club in what was a very impressive window.
However, the new players haven’t gelled as Galatasaray hoped they would.
Fatih Terim’s side sit 10th in the table having won two out of seven matches.
They’re struggled have carried over to the Champions League, too, where they have collected one point from a possible six in the group stage.News Now - Sport News