FC Copenhagen spent €25 million on players recruiting over the last two years, PSV Eindhoven, €64 million, Real Sociedad, €70 million. They are playing the round of 16 in lieu of Manchester United, New Castle or AC Milan. Chelsea F.C., Tottenham Hotspurs, West Ham United, Nottingham Forest and Liverpool FC, five of the ten top spenders were not even qualified for the current edition.
PSV Eindhoven won its 16 first games in the Netherland league. Bayer Leverkusen leads the Bundesliga since the beginning. Girona distances Real Madrid, FC Barcelona and Atletico Madrid at the top of the LaLiga. And Aston Villa ends 2023 in second position in the Premier League standing.