Europe's Biggest Under-Achieving Clubs Featuring Galatasaray, AC Milan and Lyon

Karl Matchett@@karlmatchettFeatured ColumnistOctober 9, 2013

Europe's Biggest Under-Achieving Clubs Featuring Galatasaray, AC Milan and Lyon

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    Welcome to the latest edition of Bleacher Report's weekly roundup of under-achieving clubs around Europe, bringing you the best sides who are struggling to match ambitions early on this season.

    Last week saw the likes of Dynamo Kyiv and Schalke in our ranking of eight sides, but both have departed the group following stonking wins prior to the international break.

    The Ukrainian side won 9-1 against Metalurh to get their season back on track, while S04's 4-1 win over Augsburg saw them finally rise into the top half of the Bundesliga. Sevilla also escape the ranking after a three-game unbeaten run.

    In their place this week we've got a new entrant from Ligue 1, a flailing Champions League team from Spain and Galatasaray from the Turkish Super Lig.

8. Galatasaray, Turkish Super Lig

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    Galatasaray's awful start to the season can no longer be ignored and they are a new entrant in at No. 8.

    Coach Fatih Terim has been dismissed, replaced by Roberto Mancini, while both domestically and in Europe, the side is seriously floundering.

    A 2-1 defeat at Akhisar Belediye left last season's champions without a win in five league games and perched in a lowly 13th position in the 18-team table, just one point above the relegation zone.

    In the Champions League, things aren't much better; a 2-2 draw at Juventus was at least a positive, but Galatasaray are rock bottom of Group B after their 6-1 home defeat against Real Madrid in the opening game week.

7. AC Milan, Italian Serie A

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    AC Milan remain seventh on account of the new entrants who drop below them but took another difficult result in Serie A this past weekend.

    A fantastic start saw them score within seconds of kickoff against Juventus, but Milan eventually succumbed to a 3-2 defeat against the reigning league title holders.

    Their third defeat of the season means Milan have won just one of their last five league games, leaving them in 12th place in the Serie A table over the international break.

    They also have the joint-third worst defensive record in the league to date.

6. Real Sociedad, Spanish La Liga

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    A re-entrant from Spain now, with Champions League side Real Sociedad really struggling to come to terms with playing in two big competitions this season.

    They've taken just one win from their eight league matches this season, with another defeat coming over the weekend after a last-minute Jonathan Viera own goal consigned them to a loss at Rayo Vallecano.

    The defeat leaves Sociedad in 15th place in La Liga, with just seven points from their eight games. Two defeats and three draws in their last five matches is poor form indeed and things aren't likely to get better quickly as they face Valencia away in their next game.

5. Bordeaux, French Ligue 1

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    Bordeaux rise one place in our rankings after finally recording their second victory of the season.

    Their struggles are by no means over, but a big 4-1 win over similarly struggling Sochaux puts an end to the run of winless games and moves Bordeaux up to 15th place.

    Girondins are far from out of the woods and their away record this season is still largely woeful, but the three points will be a welcome addition to their points tally after a tough start.

    Bordeaux's next fixture should be interesting, but we'll get to that in a couple of slides...

4. Hamburger SV, German Bundesliga

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    Hamburger SV are another club who rise a place in our rankings after a huge win over Nurnburg, with the 5-0 away victory HSV's first win in four—and enough to earn Nurnburg first-team bosses Michael Wiesinger and Armin Reutershahn the sack.

    Pierre-Michel Lasogga was the hero after netting a hat-trick, with Rafa van der Vaart and Tolgay Arslan also hitting the target.

    Hamburg move up to 15th place, one spot outside of the relegation playoff place, following that win but still have much to do to overcome their dreadful start to the season.

    Next up they are at home to Stuttgart.

3. Olympique Lyonnais, French Ligue 1

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    Back to Ligue 1 now and Bordeaux's next opponents—Olympique Lyonnais.

    Lyon have endured a tough start themselves and, following a heavy defeat at the weekend, are now in 14th place having taken just one win from the last five.

    In fact, heavy defeat doesn't really cover it; they were pummelled 5-1 by mid-table Montpellier and had Maxime Gonalons sent off.

    Lyon need to get back to winning ways quickly to renew their challenge at the top end of Ligue 1, at least for European football, and they will attempt to do that against Bordeaux in their upcoming match.

2. Sunderland, English Premier League

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    Sunderland remain rank bottom of the Premier League but manage to swap places off the foot of our rankings thanks to having a marginally better week than their rivals.

    The Black Cats finally grew tired of Paolo Di Canio and dismissed him recently, with Gus Poyet the man named to take them forward.

    He has a big job on his hands to try and lift them not only off the foot of the table but also to safety, which is already a daunting-looking six points away.

    Sunderland are winless, have taken only one point all season, and they suffered another home defeat, 2-1 against Manchester United, last time out.

    Poyet's first Premier League match will be at Swansea City.

1. Anzhi Makhachkala, Russian Premier League

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    Anzhi Makhachkala sink back to the bottom thanks to another awful result in the Russian Premier League.

    Having taken three draws from four matches before last weekend, including a 0-0 scoreline against CSKA Moscow, Anzhi must have been hoping that a first win of the season was just around the corner, but it certainly didn't come against Rubin Kazan.

    The game was essentially over after half an hour with the home side two goals to the good, and despite an 85th minute goal for Islamnur Abdulavov, Rubin Kazan hit two in stoppage time to finish up 5-1 winners.

    Anzhi have drawn half of their games and lost the other half.

    Until they manage to pick up their first win of the campaign, the doom and gloom that has surrounded the Dagestan club since Suleyman Kerimov withdrew his lavish funding is set to continue.