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Published on November 28th, 2017 | by Vieri Capretta

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Winners and losers: imperious PSG and beatable Bayern Munich

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Only some missed chances for PSG prevented a rout against Monaco while Bayern Munich showed a rare vulnerability in the Bundesliga 

Winners

PSG

Edinson Cavani and Neymar on the scoresheet again as the Parisians demolished last year’s title rivals and killed off Ligue 1 already; it’s only November!

PSG have the best trio of attackers in Europe and continue to pile up points and records, having already created a massive gap at the top of the table. Nine points separate PSG and the second placed team, Lyon, and Unai Emery’s team are the only ones – with Juventus and Manchester City – to have scored more than 40 goals already this season in their respective league. Unstoppable.

Real Madrid

A bad referee decision favouring Valencia over Barcelona, Cristiano Ronaldo back on the scoresheet, Real Madrid back to winning ways and La Liga is still alive. Four points separate Barcelona from second-placed Valencia, but Real Madrid are now eight points away: still a lot, but the Clasico is getting nearer and nearer, and if Barcelona drop points, anything can happen. Los Blancos still have a long way to go to get back to their best form, but every result helps.

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Manchester City

Raheem Sterling was all Pep Guardiola’s team needed to continue their march at the top of the Premier League, their best start in history, and maintain the eight-point advantage over Manchester United, as the derby at Old Trafford is now two games away.

City could almost afford to lose to their bitter rivals and still keep a very safe space at the top of the league. The question one asks is always the same: can anyone stop them? Huddersfield came close, but lost out in the end.

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Losers

Borussia Dortmund

To waste a four-goal advantage is something more unique than rare. Almost impossible to see. But it’s a fantastic indicator of the bad state in which a team can be psychologically, and Borussia Dortmund are just that. Peter Bosz is under huge pressure now, and some of the star players – namely Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang are underperforming. After the disastrous European campaign, BVB cannot afford to struggle so much in the Bundesliga as well.

Milan

It’s over: AC Milan have announced the sacking of Vincenzo Montella. Simply not good enough, after spending over 200 million euros over the summer and getting nothing more than a goalless draw at home to Torino, this weekend, the last of a series of terrible results. The Rossoneri’s aim is a Champions League spot, but it won’t happen as things are now. Club legend Gennaro Gattuso will replace Montella, but is it too late to turn things around?

Bayern Munich

Nine wins in a row for Jump Heynckes, then the stop against Borussia Moenchengladbach – a 2-1 defeat – unexpected considering the positive run over the past few weeks. Schalke are now five points away, Leipzig three points in the chase at the top of the Bundesliga: still a safe enough difference. But something has changed, Bayern are beatable.

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