English clubs accounted for almost half of October’s top 20 European teams in terms of Twitter engagements.
In total eight English clubs made the 20 according to Deportes & Finanzas, so we take a deeper look at who made their way onto the list and why…
2. Arsenal The Gunners were the highest ranked English club on the top 20, beaten to top spot only by La Liga giants Barcelona. It’s a period of transition at the Emirates, with the side playing under their first new manager in the form of Unai Emery since 1996, following the departure of Arsene Wenger. The Frenchman has made a decent start to life at Arsenal and his team are on a run of ten Premier League games without defeat, perhaps why interest in them is soaring.
3. Manchester United
The Red Devils slotted in one place behind their rivals for Twitter engagement in October, but likely for different reasons to Arsenal. The pressure has never been greater on boss Jose Mourinho than it is now, with his side lying 8th in the table and sill recovering from their 3-1 loss in the Manchester Derby, a game in-which they were dominated by City. Rumours continue of bust-ups between Mourinho and his players, all of which provides juicy news for Twitter followers.
Anfield has been rocking this season after money was thrown at the squad in the summer to assemble a team, which could go after denying Manchester City a second successive Premier League title. Names Like Alisson, Naby Keita, Xherdan Shaqiri and Fabinho all arrived to bolster the ranks and so far, it seems to be working. The Reds sit just two points behind City at the top and they are likely to garner plenty of Twitter interest until the end of the season as people wait to see if they are successful in their quest for the title.
5. Chelsea The Blues dismissed Antonio Conte in the summer, replacing with fellow Italian Maurizio Sarri. After an impressive three-year stint with Napoli where they never finished outside the top three, Sarri made the switch to Chelsea and looked to change their fortunes. He’s made a solid start, with Chelsea only four points off the Premier League summit, but questions persist about the quality of his strikers. Alvaro Morata has been linked with a January exit, so perhaps all eyes or on Twitter to sniff-out his potential replacement.
6. Real Madrid
12. Leicester City Who will ever forget Leicester’s dramatic run to their first Premier League title in 2016? Certainly not Leicester, but they can’t afford to look back at the past and must instead take care of the present. Another crack at the title isn’t looking likely just now with Leicester 10th and fifteen points behind Manchester City, though nobody ever expected them to pull off the unthinkable two years ago, so maybe their Twitter fans still hold hopes of a repeat?
13. Manchester City We can now finally move on to the league leaders, and it’s a surprise that they are all the way down in 13th on the list. The Citizens dominated the Premier League last season finishing with 100 points as they were crowned champions, nineteen points clear of their rivals United in second. Perhaps fans are expecting a similar route to the title this year for City and their appeal on Twitter has subsequently dropped, though with Liverpool looking every bit the challenger they were billed, should followers be so confident of a repeat of last year?
14. Tottenham Hotspur It’s been a frustrating campaign for Spurs so far on many fronts. Told their new stadium would be ready for the start of the season, their big move-in date has been repeatedly pushed back with the news now being that there is no set date for it’s completion, something which has frustrated manager Mauricio Pochettino. Results on the pitch have been adequate, but for a squad that have become known for being so close but yet so far in their title pursuit, fans would have hoped for more than their current position of 4th. All this uncertainty is surely a driving factor in their slot within the top 20.
16. Bayern Munich
17. Borussia Dortmund
18. Inter Milan
19. Leeds United
Leeds sneaking into the 20 is not the anomaly it may seem at first glance. Relegated from the Premier League in 2004, it’s been a rough ride for the Whites with administration battles and a spell in the third tier to boot. Through all this though the fans have remained, and now under the rule of legendary coach Marcelo Bielsa, it is arguably Leeds’ best shot at returning to the big time yet during their 14 year absence. The belief is back, and that’s why Leeds have claimed that spot in the top 20.
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