Premier League & European Fanviews: Supporters from Arsenal, Real Madrid, AC Milan & more reflect on the season so far

With another international break upon us, now is the ideal time to assess how the ground lies for clubs across Europe’s top domestic leagues.

Chelsea currently lead Manchester City and United in what is already promising to be another scintillating Premier League season, while Barcelona have opened up an eight-point gap on rivals Real Madrid after just seven games of the new Liga campaign.

Bayern Munich are well on course to end Borussia Dortmund’s recent Bundesliga dominance, and in Serie A Juventus have maintained their unbeaten run from last season, and are currently well ahead of both Milan giants in the table.

Goal.com has sought the opinions of fans from 12 of Europe’s biggest sides, to see how the new campaign has been viewed from terraces across the continent…

PREMIER LEAGUE & EUROPEAN FANVIEWS

Premier League & European Fanview: Supporters from Arsenal, Real Madrid, AC Milan & more reflect on the season so far

With another international break upon us, now is the ideal time to assess how the ground lies for clubs across Europe’s top domestic leagues.

Chelsea currently lead Manchester City and United in what is already promising to be another scintillating Premier League season, while Barcelona have opened up an eight-point gap on rivals Real Madrid after just seven games of the new Liga campaign.

Bayern Munich are well on course to end Borussia Dortmund’s recent Bundesliga dominance, and in Serie A Juventus have maintained their unbeaten run from last season, and are currently well ahead of both Milan giants in the table.

Goal.com has sought the opinions of fans from 12 of Europe’s biggest sides, to see how the new campaign has been viewed from terraces across the continent…

PREMIER LEAGUE & EUROPEAN FANVIEWS

Gotze: Bayern not out of Borussia Dortmund's sights yet

Mario Gotze has made it clear that Borussia Dortmund have not given up on the Bundesliga title just yet, despite the fact that they are already trailing table-toppers Bayern Munich by nine points after seven games.

The reigning champions have been struggling to find their best form in the opening weeks of the 2012-13 campaign, but Gotze remains positive and has urged his team-mates to focus on their own performances, and then hope Bayern slip up at some point.

“Bayern have a significant lead, but we can still catch up with them. They’re not unassailable yet,” Gotze stated to Bild.

“We have no reason to fear them. We will keep on trying to win our own games. We will have to wait and see how everything else pans out.”

Dortmund were trailing Bayern by eight points at some point last season before eventually beating them to the title, but Gotze has insisted this is no guarantee they will pull off a similar comeback.

“Every season is different. We cannot just say, ‘Right, this is where we start a series of victories’.

“We can only blame ourselves for this situation. We have made mistakes. However, we are on the right path again.”

Dortmund resume match action at home against Schalke after the international break.

Manchester United & Real Madrid lead shirt sale charts

Manchester United and Real Madrid sit atop of the global shirt sale charts with 1.4 million shirts sold per season on average over the past five years.

United and Madrid are two of the three teams that have managed to surpass the one million mark between 2007-08 and 2011-12, with Spanish titans Barcelona completing the top three with 1.15m shirts sold per annum.

England have four teams in the top 10, with Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal accompanying Manchester United, while Juventus, Inter and AC Milan represent Serie A. Bayern Munich complete the top 10 in fifth position.

All of the teams in the top 10 either wear Adidas or Nike jerseys, with both brands having five representatives in the list.

The figures, which were published by Sportingintelligence, have been compiled by veteran analyst Dr Peter Rohlmann and his team at the consulting bureau, PR Marketing,

Rank Team Country Shirts sold * Brand
1 Manchester United England 1.4 million Nike
Real Madrid Spain 1.4 million Adidas
3 Barcelona Spain 1.15 million Nike
4 Chelsea England 910.000 Adidas
5 Bayern Munich Germany 880.000 Adidas
6 Liverpool England 810.000 Adidas
7 Arsenal England 800.000 Nike
8 Juventus Italy 480.000 Nike
9 Inter Italy 425.000 Nike
10 AC Milan Italy 350.000 Adidas

*Shirt sales (official merchandise) only. Does not include other club merchandise.

Alaba nearing Bayern comeback

Bayern Munich coach Jupp Heynckes has received some encouraging team news with young wing-back David Alaba raring to go again after a lengthy spell on the sidelines due to a fractured foot.

The Austria international, 20, sustained the injury during a pre-season game against Napoli, and had to undergo surgery in order to shake off the problem.

Alaba has recently resumed regular training action, and he’s now ready to return to match action in a friendly later this week.

“I have been out of action for over 10 weeks now. I have never before been injured this long. I’m desperate to make my comeback,” Alaba stated to TZ.

“I hope that Thursday’s friendly will be my first game in quite a while again.” 

Alaba made 30 Bundesliga appearances last term, but has yet to feature in an official game this season.