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Europe 2740 8 World Club Rankings 30439194 Europe

Two weeks into this gig and the world's coming apart.

That's a dramatic way to say the bottom's fallen out of the Power Rankings. The top six or seven teams? Fine, solid - it's hard to find many blemishes with their resumes or form. Beyond that group, there's a drop you'd need Pirmin Zurbriggen to tame.

Over the course of the season, things will return to normal. The break from Champions League action will give clubs a chance to get their CVs in order, being able to concentrate on one or two competitions (instead of two or three). For now, though, we've got some interesting entries near the bottom of our top ten.

We'll get to those in a moment. First, let's talk about the clubs that dropped out:

Tottenham Hotspur (last week: 9) - PAOK didn't get much consideration amongst the 27 or so teams in the mix this week. And Spurs lost to them. At home.

Benfica (8) - Previously undefeated this season, Benfica gave up two second-half goals on Friday at Maritimo while being shown out of the Portuguese Cup despite Jorge Jesus playing many of his regulars.

Honorable Mentions: Valencia, Chelsea, Tottenham, Benfica, Borussia Dortmund, Udinese, Montpellier, Porto

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Europe 2740 8 World Club Rankings 30438796 10. Zenit St. Petersburg (last week: NR) 10.+Zenit+St.+Petersburg+%28last+week%3A+NR%29 Europe

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League: 18-11-3, first place, Russia's Premier League
Cup(s): Host Dinamo Moscow in the quarterfinals of the Russian Cup on March 20
Europe: 2-2-1, second place, UEFA Champions League's Group G

Zenit is the beneficiary of the dips by Spurs and Benfica while the resumes of Borussia Dortmund and Chelsea remain spotty. That they're four unbeaten in Champions League helps, as does their six-point lead over CSKA Moscow in Russia. With the Premier League on hiatus until March, expect Zenit to dance on the edge of this top 10 into winter, especially if they can get the result they need Tuesday at Porto (with a Champions League knockout stage berth on the line). Until then, Valencia has just as much of a claim to this spot as Zenit.

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Europe 2740 8 World Club Rankings 30438800 9. Arsenal (NR) 9.+Arsenal+%28NR%29 Europe

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League: 8-2-4, fifth place, Barclays Premier League
Cup(s): Will face Leeds United in FA Cup in January, eliminated by Manchester City in quarterfinals of the Carling Cup
Europe: 3-2-0, first place, UEFA Champions League's Group F

It's difficult to climb into a top ten when you lose mid-week, but holding Manchester City at arms length at Eastlands for most of their Carling Cup quarterfinal actually recommends Arsenal, considering the players Arsene Wenger selected. Saturday's drubbing of Wigan confirmed the Gunners will persist with their fine form, something any good Power Ranking has to take into account.

Upcoming matches: at Olympiakos (Champions League, Tuesday), Everton (Premier League, Saturday)

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Europe 2740 8 World Club Rankings 30438802 8. Manchester United (7) 8.+Manchester+United+%287%29 Europe

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League: 10-3-1, second place, Barclays Premier League
Cup(s): Will face Manchester City in FA Cup in January, eliminated by Crystal Palace in quarterfinals of the Carling Cup
Europe: 2-3-0, second place, UEFA Champions League's Group C

Another utterly unimpressive week for Manchester United. Their mid-week loss at home to Crystal Palace preceded one of the most boring matches of the European season, though Aston Villa manager Alex McLeish bears the blame for Saturday's "show" at Villa Park. Given an opponent that practically laid over for them, United only posted a 1-0 win, and while nobody should parse road wins too much, the display capped an unconvincing week for the Red Devils.

Upcoming matches: at Basel (Champions League, Wednesday), Wolves (Premier League, Saturday)

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Europe 2740 8 World Club Rankings 30438806 7. Napoli (10) 7.+Napoli+%2810%29 Europe

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League: 5-5-3, fifth place, Italy's Serie A
Cup(s): Will enter Coppa Italia in Round of 16
Europe: 2-2-1, second place, UEFA Champions League's Group A

Last week this column noted "Look for Walter Mazzarri's team to climb this list as they gain their domestic footing ..." With a four point week allowing Napoli to climb three spots in the league, the one weakness in their Power Ranking case goes from concern to tolerable blemish. Having three winnable fixtures before their winter break, Napoli should continue their Serie A ascent (and possible Power Rankings) ascent.

Upcoming matches: at Villarreal (Champions League, Wednesday), Novara (Serie A, Sunday)

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Europe 2740 8 World Club Rankings 30438811 6. Manchester City (5) 6.+Manchester+City+%285%29 Europe

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League: 12-2-0, first place, Barclays Premier League
Cup(s): Will face Manchester United in FA Cup in January, will face Liverpool in the Carling Cup semifinals in January
Europe: 2-1-2, third place, UEFA Champions League's Group A

Manchester City wins twice last week, including a 5-1 win in league, and they drop a spot? Blame Juventus, though facing Arsenal's reserves and an outmatched Norwich City helped open the door to be passed (as does their potential relegation to Europa League). Still, Manchester City is firmly a part of what's currently an elite six in Europe. Should they convince mid-week against Bayern Munich, they jump to third on next week's list.

Upcoming matches: Bayern Munich (Champions League, Wednesday), at Chelsea (Premier League, Monday)

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Europe 2740 8 World Club Rankings 30441429 5. AC Milan (4) 5.+AC+Milan+%284%29 Europe

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League: 8-3-2, second place, Italy's Serie A
Cup(s): Will enter Coppa Italia in Round of 16
Europe: 2-2-1, second place, UEFA Champions League's Group H

Like Manchester City, Milan falls through no fault of their own, with their Friday win at Genoa the type of workmanlike, road performance validating their place this high on the list. With four goals in the last three games - including an adroit piece of skill that turned the match at the Luigi Ferraris - the Rossoneri have a weapon they wield to another Scudetto. As we all know, Ibrahimovic has a way of getting his teams to the top come year's end.

Upcoming matches: at Viktoria Plzen (Champions League, Tuesday), at Bologna (Serie A, Sunday)

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Europe 2740 8 World Club Rankings 30441432 4. Juventus (6) 4.+Juventus+%286%29 Europe

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League: 8-5-0, first place, Italy's Serie A
Cup(s): Will enter Coppa Italia in Round of 16
Europe: Did not qualify

Though they had already beaten both Milan clubs before their Tuesday trip to the San Paolo, Juventus' draw at Napoli proved to be their most telling match of the season. Down two goals (twice) against one of the league's best, the Old Lady found a way to snare a point other title contenders are unlikely to get (Napoli has already beaten Milan and Udinese). It may prove the moment when Juventus' title dreams truly started, a moment certainly worthy of a bump up this list.

Upcoming matches: Bologna (Coppa Italia, Thursday), at Roma (Serie A, Monday)

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Europe 2740 8 World Club Rankings 30441436 3. Bayern Munich (3) 3.+Bayern+Munich+%283%29 Europe

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League: 10-1-4, first place, Germany's Bundesliga
Cup(s): In third round of DFB Pokal
Europe: 4-1-0, first place, UEFA Champions League's Group A

Doubt as to whether Bayern deserved this lofty ranking disappeared as quickly as their two match Bundesliga losing streak. Things like that tend to happen when you post a 4-1 result on one of the better teams in your league. Don't read too much into that, though. When Werder Bremen goes down, they go down like a lead balloon, but with a mid-week match at Manchester City ahead of Sunday's visit to Stuttgart, FCB will have two more chances to lock down this third spot.

Upcoming matches: at Manchester City (Champions League, Wednesday), at Stuttgart (Bundesliga, Sunday)

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Europe 2740 8 World Club Rankings 30438817 2. Barcelona (2) 2.+Barcelona+%282%29 Europe

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League: 10-4-1, second place, Spain's Primera Division
Cup(s): Leads L'Hospitalet 1-0 after first leg of Copa del Rey Round of 16 tie
Europe: 4-1-0, first place, UEFA Champions League's Group H

Barcelona responded. After last weekend's upset at Getafe, Barcelona posted 4-0 and 5-0 wins (versus Rayo Vallecano and fourth place Levante, respectively). With Tuesday's BATE match meaningless, Barcelona can focus on a match that can get them their top spot back: Saturday's trip to the Santiago Bernabeu. They need only a draw to regain their perch on this list, but in the context of the Primera season, they need full points to get their title defense back on track.

Upcoming matches: BATE Borisov (Champions League, Tuesday), at Real Madrid (La Liga, Saturday)

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Europe 2740 8 World Club Rankings 30438819 1. Real Madrid (1) 1.+Real+Madrid+%281%29 Europe

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League: 12-1-1, first place, Spain's Primera Division
Cup(s): In Round of 16 of Copa del Rey
Europe: 5-0-0, first place, UEFA Champions League's Group D

A solid win at Sporting Gijon is neither something to get excited about nor anything that will cost a club their place atop the mountain. With a seven point lead on Ajax in their Champions League group, their Wednesday trip to Amsterdam is only relevant to perfectionists. Saturday's match is all Madridistas care about this week.

Upcoming matches: at Ajax (Champions League, Wednesday), Barcelona (La Liga, Saturday)

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