Man Utd, Liverpool, Barcelona, Chelsea: What is the best club in European football?

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The Champions League, Premier League and all of Europe's biggest club competitions are in full swing for the 2021/22 campaign.

The pre-season jitters and excitement, as well as Euro 2020 and Copa America 2021, now feel like a distant memory with football fans starting to get a clearer idea of how the year might play out.

After all, even the finest of forecasters in the beautiful game can never truly get an idea of how months of twists, turns and drama will transpire without a few weeks of action to get their bearings.

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For example, many fans are already switching from Manchester City to Chelsea in their Premier League predictions, while the hype around Paris Saint-Germain is diminishing by the day.

However, there is still a lot that can change between now and May with Chelsea proving the perfect example in terms of last season with almost nobody having predicted them to conquer Europe.

So, who knows, maybe Cristiano Ronaldo will be lifting 'Big Ears' over his head and PSG will turn out to be the Harlem Globetrotters-like cheat code that everybody thought they would be.

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Best clubs in the business

Sure, that's all fair and good, what about the here and now? Well, that's something we can put under the microscope with some degree of certainty and there's plenty of data to play around with.

And on the back of another fascinating weekend of action across Europe's finest leagues, we wanted to have a peep under the bonnet to see which clubs are the best in the business right now.

Chelsea? Liverpool? City? Actually, none of the above when you look at the data compiled by clubelo.com, which uses a complex algorithm to keep a tab on the continent's finest performers.

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Top 50 clubs in Europe

You can read more about the calculations right here, but the moral of the story is that each club's 'Elo' rating is dictated by their win probability in direct confrontations between the other top teams.

In other words, if you're tearing through other clubs big, large and small, then the chances are that you'll climb the rankings because you'll have a superior win probability over more sides than not.

All that being said, we know that you're not here for a maths lesson, so let's jump into the action and take a look at the 50 best men's football clubs in the European game at the time of writing:

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Yes, that's right, fear Julian Nagelsmann's Bayern Munich.

Bayern Munich top the charts

They might have been trashed 5-0 by Borussia Monchengladbach in the DFB-Pokal, but make no mistake that the Bavarians' superb performances in 2021/22 have been flying under the radar.

Bayern command the Bundesliga ranks with 11 more goals than any of their German rivals and happen to boast the world's best goalscorer, Robert Lewandowski, with 19 goals in 15 matches.

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Does that instantly mean that they are indisputably better than the Premier League's top dogs? Not necessarily, but they are most certainly the biggest threat to the English clubs from the continent.

So, strap yourselves in, because we've got another six months of fascinating football to separate the men from the boys in the Champions League, Premier League, Bundesliga and so much more.

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