The 2023-24 season could be a shocking one for some of the most renowned football clubs in Europe. Let’s delve into the details of the famous European teams that are currently threatened with relegation in their respective leagues.
Ajax: A Fall from Grace
Ajax, the 36-time Dutch champions and four-time Champions League winners, find themselves in an unexpected position. They are currently at the bottom of the Eredivisie, having won just once — on matchday one. A series of poor decisions at the board level and in the transfer market have led to this dire situation.
Basel: A Drastic Decline
Basel, the 20-time Swiss champions, are also struggling. They are currently at the bottom of the league, having conceded 25 goals from 11 games. Despite winning the league in 2017, their current fall is drastic. Their problem seems to be a bloated squad of underperforming players. However, they could potentially save themselves during the relegation phase, where the league is split into two sections at the end of the regular season.
Lyon: A Season to Forget
Lyon, the seven-time French champions, are having a season to forget. Their form this season has been disappointing, to say the least. To add to their woes, their team bus was recently attacked by Marseille ultras, and a missile hit head coach Fabio Grosso in the face. Despite threats from Lyon’s ultras and their American owner’s conviction that they’re not going down, their current position suggests otherwise.
Other Notable Mentions
Elsewhere, Schalke are flirting with relegation from Bundesliga 2, currently sitting 16th out of 18. Similarly, Sampdoria are also struggling in Serie B, where they are 18th out of 20.
As we continue to follow this season, it will be interesting to see how these teams respond to their challenges. Will they manage to turn their fortunes around, or will they succumb to the threat of relegation? Only time will tell