Reds among Euro elite

Accrington Observer - - SPORT -

JA­SON JONES

ASK most foot­ball fans to name the top per­form­ing teams in Europe and they will more than likely reel off the usual sus­pects – Barcelona, Paris Saint Ger­main, Ju­ven­tus, Bay­ern.

It may only be Reds sup­port­ers who would chuck Ac­cring­ton Stan­ley into the mix – but they’d be spot on to do so!

Ac­cord­ing to the cold, hard stats of the Euro­pean form ta­ble, you’d be com­pletely jus­ti­fied if you did rate the League Two lead­ers in the same bracket as some of foot­ball’s great­est su­per­pow­ers.

Over their past 15 matches, Stan­ley have picked up 40 out of a pos­si­ble 45 points, a record bet­tered only by French cham­pi­ons elect PSG, and last year’s Cham­pi­ons League fi­nal­ists Juve.

Ac­cring­ton haven’t lost since Jan­uary 27th, a run 11 matches, and prior to that 2-1 de­feat against Craw­ley Town, hadn’t lost since Box­ing Day.

It’s a run that has seen them es­tab­lish a three point lead at the top of League Two, with two games in hand on near­est ri­vals Lu­ton Town.

Their form is so im­pres­sive it eclipses the likes of Barcelona, Bay­ern Mu­nich, and even run­away Pre­mier League lead­ers Manch­ester City. Pep’s men have picked up 38 points over the same amount of games by com­par­i­son.

Stan­ley’s achieve­ments are made all the more im­pres­sive by the fact that they op­er­ate on the joint small­est bud­get in League Two. Maybe it’s down to those post-match burg­ers on the chair­man!

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