Football fans and the media love to pick a favourite. This year, the golden boys have been Liverpool and their relentless, energetic style. And, fair play, they’ve been extraordinary.
But we’ll be talking about that magnificent team for years. What about the other sides who have performed admirably but received a lot less praise?
This article will showcase five teams who may not have been appreciated enough this season and deserve a little more love from the footballing world.
5 Most Underrated Teams This Season
Finishing third ahead of the likes of Lille, Lyon and Monaco, Stade Rennes enjoyed an excellent season before the French FA terminating Ligue 1. Scoring 38 goals and conceding only 24 in 28 games while obtaining 50 points is a solid return for the Red and Blacks. Rennes are a beautiful and fluid team to watch with a lot of talent all over the pitch. A mix of youth and experience seems to have worked very well this season for Rennes manager Julien Stéphan who has led his team to their first-ever Champions League campaign.
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The new champions of the Primera Iberdrola have proven their class. After winning their first league title since 2014-15, the Blaugrana have returned in style, racking up 59 points from a possible 63, winning 19 games drawing 2 with 0 losses. Barcelona have blown everyone away with their quick and confident style of play, scoring goals for fun (86) and only conceding six with 15 shutouts in the process. Potential player of the season, centre forward Jennifer Hermoso, finished with the Pichichi goalscoring award scoring 23 and 19 games.
The Foals are in a battle to play in the UEFA Champions League for the first time since the 2016/2017 season. Gladbach have already surpassed last season’s points total of 55, currently on 56. They currently sit in third place at the time of writing. Marco Rose is doing an excellent job in his first season, competing with teams who have larger budgets, also getting the best out of every player with his very effective pressing system. The strike force of Marcus Thuram and Alassane Pléa is proving to be very efficient. Both of the strikers have ten goals each in the league with eight and ten assists, respectively. If Champions League football is to return to Borussia-Park next season, the pair will need to keep on firing in the five games that remain.
Currently second in Ligue 2, Lens will be playing Ligue 1 football for the first time since the 2014/15 season due to the premature ending of football in France. With one of the best fanbases in the league, Lens are enticing to watch. They tend to share the goals amongst each other and provide defensive stability conceding 24 (the second-lowest in the league) keeping a more than respectable 14 clean sheets from 27 games. Do not be surprised if the Blood and Gold shock some of the Ligue 1 sides next season.
They may be bottom of the Premier League but Norwich have something to shout about. Players such as Todd Cantwell, Emiliano Buendía and Max Aarons are three young players who have had promising seasons. Teemu Pukki has shown promising signs too, scoring 11 and assisting 3 in 28 League games. Arguably playing some of the best football in the bottom half of the league, Norwich still stand a chance of beating the drop as the Premier League with the Prem due to recommence on June 17. The Canaries are still present in FA Cup after previously beating Tottenham on penalties. The result wasn’t an anomaly either as the East Anglian outfit have also played well in games against the bigger sides, beating Manchester City and taking four out of six possible points from Leicester.