2023/24 League standings: Who are the early leaders in LaLiga, Ligue 1, Serie A, & Bundesliga?

Now that the dust has settled on the start of the 2023/24 season, the top domestic divisions are starting to take shape. But who are the early league leaders in Spain, France, Germany, and Italy? Let’s recap.

The October international break provides the perfect opportunity to reflect on what has been a breathless start to 2023/24.

In England, North London currently sits above the rest in the Premier League. Spurs and Arsenal are one and two, with the latter’s narrow victory over Man City on Sunday a testament to their title credentials. Meanwhile, both Liverpool and City are in close pursuit. We should hopefully see a tight battle at the top of the standings throughout 2023/24 in the Premier League.

Of course, it is still early into the season – most divisions have only played eight or nine matches thus far. However, we still have some fascinating league leaders emerging across the continent.

Bundesliga: Bayern dominance finally under threat?

For the first time in what feels like forever, Bayern are not (yet) running away with the Meisterschale. In fact, the Bavarians sit third in the Bundesliga, on 17 points. Ahead of them are a pair of exciting surprise packages.

Xabi Alonso’s Bayer Leverkusen are the early league leaders in Germany, on 19 points. With 23 goals from seven games, they lead the division in scoring and are also undefeated thus far in 2023/24.

Just behind them, in second, is Stuttgart. An unexpected early frontrunner, Stuttgart have benefitted from the startling form of striker Serhou Guirassy. The Guinean forward has a remarkable 13 league goals already, including two hat tricks.

If he can keep firing, who knows what Stuttgart can achieve? The Bayern juggernaut will never be too far away from the top, though.

La Liga: Real out in front

After a brief new leader in the form of Girona, La Liga has returned to normality as Real Madrid top the standings heading into the international break. Carlo Ancelotti’s side have 24 points from nine fixtures, holding a two-point advantage over the Catalan club.

Speaking of Catalonia, Barcelona are in third. Although unbeaten, a set of disappointing draws has seen Barca lose ground to their El Clasico foes. Xavi’s squad sit on 21 points, three adrift of Los Blancos.

We cannot talk about La Liga without mentioning Jude Bellingham, though. Is he the best player in the world right now? If not, he is right up there.

The England international matched Cristiano Ronaldo’s record of 10 goals in his first 10 Real Madrid matches. He leads the Spanish topflight scoring as a result, with eight of his strikes coming domestically.

Bellingham will also make his El Clasico debut in just two Matchdays – something to definitely look out for at the end of October.

Serie A: City of Milan early league leaders in Italy

Just as North London leads the Premier League, Milan rules Serie A to start 2023/24.

Currently, the Rossoneri hold a two-point advantage over city rivals, Inter. Milan are on 21 points, having won every game except for a 5-1 thrashing at the hands of the Nerazzurri. Most recently, Olivier Giroud’s late heroics as an emergency goalkeeper helped AC Milan to a 1-0 win at Genoa.

Inter are keeping their neighbours honest, however. Simone Inzaghi’s squad are just two points back from the Rossoneri, on 19 from eight games. They also boast the most potent attack (league-leading 21 goals) and stingiest defence (just five conceded) thus far.

Behind them, Juventus and Fiorentina are tied on 17 points.

But what about the champions? Well, Napoli – under new coach Rudi Garcia – are fifth, already seven points adrift of first. Sunday night’s defeat to Fiorentina means that the Partenopei have taken just two wins from their last five. Lots of work to do in Naples.

Ligue 1: PSG looking fragile

Luis Enrique’s revolution at Paris Saint-Germain has got off to a slow start in 2023/24. Les Parisiens are third in Ligue 1 heading into the international break, but just two points adrift of league leaders Monaco.

While PSG have recorded some emphatic wins, frustrating draws against Lorient, Toulouse, and Clermont must feel like points dropped. Additionally, Nice handed PSG their first domestic defeat of 2023/24 in a 3-2 thriller.

Speaking of Nice, the south coast side are second, just a point behind Monaco. Remarkably, they have recorded just nine goals in eight games to get there, whilst only conceding four. Francesco Farioli’s men are therefore one of the few remaining unbeaten sides in Europe.

In contrast, Monaco tops the French league thanks to their free-scoring nature. The Principality has scored 21 in eight games, leading the division in this category. Can they keep this up to secure a first Ligue 1 crown since 2016/17? Or will PSG once again prevail and surpass our early league leaders?

The start of 2023/24 has seen some unexpected teams duke it out at the top of the standings. Europe’s dominant sides, such as Bayern, Man City, and PSG, may have a job on their hands to keep hold of their crowns after all.

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