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Premier League v Bundesliga in Europe… which country comes out on top?


Joe Hart Manchester CityWhich country boasts the best league in Europe and how do we determine such?

Heard that before? One suggestion was to have the 20 teams from two nations play each other in order of position – 1st versus 1st, 2nd versus 2nd and so on – and calculate a score based on the outcomes.

This Ryder Cup style scenario will never happen, of course, but this week we will see an Anglo-Germanic playoff of sorts on the continental stage.

It will not provide a definitive answer to the Premier League-versus-Bundesliga debate, but we will learn how the top clubs from those respective countries are set to fare at the onset of the European campaign.
In the Champions League, Borussia Dortmund got things underway by beating Arsenal 2-0 on Tuesday night.
Bayern Munich versus Manchester City, meanwhile, pitches last season’s domestic champions against one another and third-placed Chelsea and Schalke face off at Stamford Bridge.
And on Thursday night in the Europa League, Everton (5th) take on Wolfsburg (5th) at Goodison Park.
So can the Germans and their array of World champions inflict yet more misery on their English adversaries?
Here, Sportsmail looks ahead to the three remaining games and returns our verdict on which nation’s teams are in best shape…

Bayern are not at their best and have made a slow start to the season, at least that is the view from Germany.
Still, though, they are only being kept from top spot by goal difference. A Super Cup defeat to Dortmund did not lay ideal foundations for the season but the delayed return of their World Cup winners has disrupted preparations somewhat.
Pep Guardiola has a point to prove in the Champions League after the holders were thrashed by eventual winners Real Madrid at last season’s semi-final stage.
The Spaniard will be without the injured Arjen Robben although Franck Ribery is expected to line up and he was on target at the weekend after coming from the bench in a 2-0 win over Stuttgart.
City can be buoyed by last year’s 3-2 victory at the Allianz Arena. That result was not enough to see them win the group – manager Manuel Pellegrini infamously misunderstanding the goal difference situation – and their failure to emerge in top spot ultimately cost them dear as they were beaten by Barcelona in the second round.
They are stuttering on a domestic front – defeat to Stoke followed by the weekend draw at Arsenal – and there is pressure to improve on their recent progress – or lack of it – in the Champions League

England’s form team versus Germany’s out-of-form team. Whereas Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea have returned maximum points in the Premier League, Jens Keller’s Schalke are populating the relegation zone with just one point and were knocked out of the German Cup by lower-league opponents.
They were beaten 3-0 at Stamford Bridge last season and are yet to score a goal in four meetings against the Blues. The Bridge, in fact, is something of an English stronghold when it comes to taking on Bundesliga opposition and no German side has ever won there.
Schalke’s hopes rest with World Cup winner Julian Draxler, while fellow champion Benedikt Howedes will be the man charged with shackling seven-goal Diego Costa.
But this one should prove just as easy on grass as it looks on paper and Mourinho’s rampant West Londoners will have no problems negotiating a group which also contains NK Maribor and Sporting Lisbon.

After a five-year absence Everton return to Europe and manager Roberto Martinez is promising to make every effort to win the competition. The Spaniard sees the Europa League as a platform to greater things rather than an unwanted distraction.
Like the Toffees, Wolfsburg were fifth last season and have former Chelsea forward Kevin De Bruyne – an £18million signing in January – as their key offensive threat.
But De Bruyne and co have struggled this season. They have picked up just two points in the league and needed penalties to get past second tier SV Darmstadt in the cup.
Everton, likewise, were slow to find their stride but a convincing 2-0 win at West Brom on Saturday gives them momentum heading into their first taste of Thursday-Sunday football since 2009/10.
(Dailymail)

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