Team report: Wait, is this the same team that was stripped down to its spare parts this summer? The Saints have defied the odds and shot out of the blocks again this season under new coach Ronald Koeman, with their only loss coming against Liverpool (who snagged three of their stars) in the season opener.
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Team report: Many feared some regression after Roma’s stellar season last year, especially after losing standout center back Mehdi Benatia to Bayern Munich. But the defense has picked up right where it left off, conceding just twice in Roma’s first five games -- all wins.
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Team report: After starting with just one point from their first two games, Marcelo Bielsa has taken his new club to the Ligue 1 summit with five straight victories, outscoring the opposition 16-1. If Les Phocéens can continue their pace, Paris Saint-Germain may be in for a real race this season in France.
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Team report: Man City will be disappointed with their results in the first month of the season (just two wins in their first seven games, including the FA Community Shield) but after having faced Arsenal twice, Liverpool, Chelsea and Bayern Munich already, their program is about too look a lot lighter.
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Team report: Serie A’s best defense has only given up 67 goals in the past three seasons (that’s ten less than last-place Livorno in 2013-14), and is off to another fine start. The three-time defending Italian champs have started the new campaign with four clean sheet victories, plus one in the UEFA Champions League last week.
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Team report: After winning just one of their first four competitive games, Real Madrid are suddenly the hottest team on the planet, outscoring their last three opponents, 18-3. Reigning Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo has eight of them, including seven in the last two games. A weekend trip to Villarreal will test their resolve.
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Team report: It’s been a mixed bag of results in the early goings for Atletico, who’ve struggled at times and lost their UEFA Champions League opener at Olympiakos. But winning at the Santiago Bernabeu against bitter rivals Real Madrid proved that Diego Simeone’s team is still very much capable of big things.
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Team report: Barcelona’s perfect start ended with a goalless draw against Malaga in which they tallied zero shots on target, but they are still just one of two teams in Europe who haven’t conceded a goal yet this season. The schedule is about to get much tougher soon, however, with dates against Granada and Paris Saint-Germain this week, respectively.
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Team report: Bayern Munich put together their two best performances of the season in the past seven days; a 1-0 win over Man City in the Champions League last week and Tuesday’s 4-0 beatdown of Paderborn, who visited the Oktoberfest city in first place and left with nothing but a hangover.
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Team report: Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini can complain about Jose Mourinho’s tactics all he wants, but Chelsea looked the better side in Sunday’s draw between the two Premier League favorites, and really, have looked a cut above the rest in this early stage of the Barclays Premier League season.