Thursdays are the days when the UEFA Europa League, the second most important tournament in Europe, is played. Despite the fact that the majority of the top teams aren’t taking part of the fixture, that doesn’t mean that there aren’t good teams participating in the tournament.
So far through three matches played in each group, every zone has at least an undefeated team, and out of those 12, there are five that are still with a perfect record: Tottenham Hotspur (England), Eintracht Frankfurt (Germany), Fiorentina (Italy), Red Bull Salzburg (Austria) and Ludogorets (Bulgaria).
The Spurs had a game that looked relatively easy on paper as they visited Sheriff Tiraspol in Moldova, but the game turned out to be much harder than expected. Still, the individual quality of the Premier League outfit was enough for them to get the win as goals from Jan Vertonghen and Jermain Defoe gave them the three points.
Frankfurt are also another side that have a perfect record so far. The Bundesliga outfit hosted Maccabi Tel Aviv and after netting one goal in each half, they ended up getting the three points that puts them at the top of the standings in Group F.
Fiorentina were another side that were able to respond to the expectations before their match against Romanian side Pandurii. The Viola side hosted their rivals at the Artemio Franchi Stadium and got the three points after a 3-0 win as they dominated from start to finish led by Juan Guillermo Cuadrado.
Red Bull Salzburg has been one of the most pleasant surprises of the tournament so far. Today, they hosted Standard Liege and they were able to maintain their unbeaten run after winning by two goals to one in a very heated game where three players were sent off.
Ludogorets have been another team that has played above their expectations. Through three games, the Bulgarian side has won all of their games and haven’t even conceded a goal against them yet. Their victim today was Ukranian side Chernomorets Odessa, who couldn’t take advantage of playing at their home turf and ended up losing.
The next matchday will be played on Nov. 7, where these sides will continue to maintain their perfect runs, and it will also be another chance to keep separating contenders from pretenders in Europe’s second biggest tournament.