Goal Singapore Monday Top 5 – Biggest wins in Europe this season

Following Manchester City's 6-0 trashing of Tottenham Hotspur over the weekend, we look at the teams that have garnered the biggest wins across Europe so far this season
Manchester City have done it again. Not only did they defeat Tottenham Hotspur, they obliterated them. Jesus Navas’s goal after only 13 seconds set the tone for the match before strikes from Sergio Aguero, Alvaro Negredo and an own goal from Sandro compounded Spurs’ misery as they left Etihad Stadium with a six-goal deficit.

However, Manchester City have not been the only team that has given opponents a huge spanking. In this week’s Top 5, Goal Singapore looks at the teams that have garnered the biggest wins across Europe so far this season.

5. Borussia Dortmund 6-2 Hamburg SV (15/09/2013)
Borussia Dortmund’s 6-2 victory over Hamburg SV comes in at number 5 in the list. The four-goal difference might be the smallest goal margin to make this week’s list, but the result was a significant one, considering Hamburg did the double on the Bundesliga runners-up last season. The thrashing then served a perfect means of revenge for the team in yellow, who kept their grip at the top of the table after a blistering start to the season.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan gave Dortmund a 2-0 lead before Hamburg fought back and drew level with goals from Lam Zhi Gin and Heiko Westermann. However, that only served as a consolation as Aubameyang soon gave Dortmund the lead again before a Marco Reus and a Robert Lewandowski brace put the result beyond doubt and gave them their fifth straight win since the season began.

4. Atletico Madrid 7-0 Getafe
Atletico Madrid are finally playing with the big boys as they threaten to break the La Liga duopoly between Barcelona and Real Madrid. They have already proven themselves to be genuine title contenders after beating local rivals Real Mardid 1-0 at the Bernabeu in September. And what better way to show you mean business than by brushing aside opponents with such ease, as they did against Getafe over the weekend in a 7-0 rout. In fact, the result actually puts Atletico as the bigger winners over Manchester City’s result against Tottenham.

An Alberto Lopo own goal, a sensational overhead kick from Diego Costa, a brace from both David Villa and Raul Garcia and a late Adrian strike sealed an emphatic win for the Rojiblancos. The resounding win moves Diego Simeone's side back above city rivals Real Madrid and to within three points of league leaders Barcelona, showing that they are more than capable of rubbing shoulders with the big boys.

3. Manchester City 7-0 Norwich City
If Tottenham need some advice on how to move on from Manchester City’s 6-0 drubbing, they need only to ask Norwich City, who fared far worse than the London team. City thumped a sorry Norwich team 7-0 early this month. The Canaries should have heeded the warning signs prior to the game, as City had scored 17 times against them in the previous four games prior to the fateful encounter at the Etihad Stadium.

While the pre-match hype was all about Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini dropping error-prone Joe Hart for Costel Pantillimon, the reality was that it didn’t matter if both goalkeepers were not present in goal, as the visitors barely troubled the City defense. Instead, own goals by Bradley Johnson and Russell Martin, coupled with goals from David Silva, Alvaro Negredo, Yaya Toure, Sergio Aguero and Edin Dzeko gave last year’s Premier League runner-ups a resounding 7-0 victory margin.

2. Barcelona 7-0 Levante
No surprises here as Barcelona makes the Top 5 list in second place. The king of dominating teams started their season in style by putting seven goals past a hapless Levante. But the result was a rather remarkable one, considering it was head coach Tata Martino’s first La Liga game in charge for the Catalan outfit. Martino replaced Tito Vilanova over the summer after the former coach confirmed he would leave his post to continue his fight against cancer.

Any worries Vilanova or any Barca fans might have had regarding their new coach was immediately extinguished as a brace from Lionel Messi and Pedro, plus goals from Xavi, Dani Alves and Alexis Sanchez ensured Barca began their defence of the title in some style under their new head coach.

1. Galatasaray 1-6 Real Madrid

The top honour for the biggest win in Europe this season goes to who else but Real Madrid after their 6-1 demolition of Galatasaray in the Champions League group stage encounter. Led by chief culprit Cristiano Ronaldo, the Blancos destroyed Galatasaray on their on own turf, a place which has often been described as hostile and at times impossible for opposing teams to play in. Such was the humiliation of the defeat that it even signaled the end of coach Fatih Terim’s tenure with the Turkish club.

The home team started the game strongly but Madrid eventually overpowered the Turkish giants. Fresh from signing his new contract, Ronaldo helped himself to a hat trick as Karim Benzema scored a brace while Isco also got on the scoresheet. Umut Bulut’s consolation goal was, if any, the only saving grace for Galatasaray.