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World 2018 43 World Club Power Rankings: February 28 - March 6 31612128 Smiles and cries Smiles+and+cries World

There were no Champions League or Europa League matches this past week, but our power rankings still experienced a shake-up thanks to several high-profile domestic cup ties. Real Madrid's toppling of Barcelona in the Copa del Rey semifinals saw the Catalans drop another spot to third in our rankings. Meanwhile, Bayern Munich and PSG solidified their positions with marquee cup wins over Dortmund and Marseille, respectively. Click through to see all the movers and shakers in our weekly power rankings!

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World 2018 43 World Club Power Rankings: February 28 - March 6 31608642 Bayern Munich Bayern+Munich World

Last week: 1

 

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League Record: 19-3-1, first place, Bundesliga (Germany)

 

Domestic Cup: Defeated Borussia Dortmund 1-0 at Allianz Arena

 

Europe: Round of 16 Champions League second-leg match versus Arsenal at Alianz Arena on Mar. 13

 

Last five matches: 5-0-0

 

 

Summary:

 

Bayern has been cruising this season in all competitions, but that would have been tainted had Dortmund again beaten the Bavarians in the DFB Pokal quarterfinals. But Arjen Robben wouldn’t allow it, making sure Bayern got its revenge for last year’s final loss with a stunning curler.

 

 

Upcoming match: Bundesliga match at Hoffenheim on Mar. 3

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World 2018 43 World Club Power Rankings: February 28 - March 6 31612126 Manchester United Manchester+United World

Last week: 3

 

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League Record: 22-2-3, first place, Premier League (England)

 

Domestic Cup: Will play Chelsea in a quarterfinal tie at Old Trafford on Mar. 10

 

Europe: Takes 1-1 first leg UEFA Champions League round of 16 draw against Real Madrid back to Old Trafford on Mar. 5

 

Last five matches: 4-1-0

 

 

Summary:

 

United keeps itself comfortably ahead of the pack in the Premier League title race, once again not allowing a blemish with a 2-0 win at Queens Park Rangers. Has Sir Alex been here before? He’s employing a nice rotation of players and the wins keep piling up, just like the only team ahead of them in the rankings.

 

Upcoming match: Premier League match against Norwich at Old Trafford on Mar. 2

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World 2018 43 World Club Power Rankings: February 28 - March 6 31608647 Barcelona Barcelona World

Last week: 2

 

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League Record: 22-2-1, first place, La Liga (Spain)

 

Domestic Cup: Suffered 4-2 aggregate loss to rivals Real Madrid

 

Europe: Round of 16 Champions League match versus AC Milan on Mar. 12 at Camp Nou

 

Last five matches: 3-0-2

 

 

Summary:

 

What’s that?! Barcelona is suddenly the world’s third best now? This week’s humbling loss to Real Madrid, at home no less, has indeed damaged Barca’s standing a little. Whereas the loss to AC Milan last week could have been regarded as maybe just a fluke, the defeat in El Clasico points to a sudden problem area for the Catalans: Puyol and the defense.

 

 

Upcoming match: Travels to rival Real Madrid on Saturday Mar. 2

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World 2018 43 World Club Power Rankings: February 28 - March 6 31608644 Juventus Juventus World

Last week: 4

 

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League Record: 18-4-4, first place, Serie A (Italy)

 

Domestic Cup: Eliminated from Coppa Italia in semifinal round against Lazio

 

Europe: Holds 3-0 first leg advantage in round of 16 Champions League match versus Celtic. Second leg match will take place at Juventus Stadium on Mar. 6

 

Last five matches: 4-0-1

 

Summary:

 

Juventus beat Siena 3-0 at home over the weekend, and the Old Lady was all too happy to see Napoli - as well as the Milan clubs - draw and drop further behind in Serie A.

 

 

Upcoming match: Battles Serie A foe Napoli on Friday Mar. 1

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World 2018 43 World Club Power Rankings: February 28 - March 6 31608645 Real Madrid Real+Madrid World

Last week: 7

 

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League Record: 16-4-5, third place, La Liga (Spain)

 

Domestic Cup: Advanced to Copa del Rey final with 4-2 aggregate win over Barcelona

 

Europe: Holds 1-1 draw against Manchester United in UEFA Champions League round of 16 play. Second leg at Old Trafford on Mar. 5

 

Last five league matches: 4-1-0

 

 

Summary:

 

Welcome back Real, to the world’s top five teams! What a difference a Clasico win over Barcelona made. Suddenly, with Barca out of the Copa del Rey and up against it in the Champions League, the two teams are trending in opposite directions, with Real clearly on the up arrow. It won’t matter in La Liga maybe, but it will count in these rankings!

 

 

Upcoming match: Hosts Barcelona on Saturday Mar. 2 at the Estadio Bernabeu

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World 2018 43 World Club Power Rankings: February 28 - March 6 31608649 Paris St. Germain Paris+St.+Germain World

Last week: 6

 

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League Record: 16-6-4, first place, Ligue 1 (France)

 

Domestic Cup: Defeated Olympique Marseille 2-0 in Coupe de France

 

Europe: Holds 2-1 first leg lead over Valencia in UEFA Champions League round of 16

 

Last five matches: 4-1-0

 

 

Summary:

 

Two 2-0 victories in two games this week against Olympique Marseille (one in the league, one in the cup) have proven that PSG remain the class act in French soccer. Now if those pesky fellas from Lyon would just go away!

 

 

Upcoming match: Travels to Stade de Reims on Mar. 2

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World 2018 43 World Club Power Rankings: February 28 - March 6 31608650 Borussia Dortmund Borussia+Dortmund World

Last week: 5

 

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League Record: 12-7-4, second place, Bundesliga (Germany)

 

Domestic Cup: Lost to Bayern Munich 1-0 in DFB Pokal quarterfinals

 

Europe: Will take 2-2 first leg draw back to Signal-Iduna-Park after drawing Shakhtar Donetsk in UEFA Champions League round of 16 first leg match

 

Last five league matches: 1-2-2

 

 

Summary:

 

Dortmund has had a rough week against quality opposition. Held to a 1-1 draw over the weekend against Moenchengladbach, Borussia lost their clash of the titans match against Bayern in the DFB Pokal. But Dortmund certainly didn’t look weak in either match, and with a healthy Mats Hummels maybe Bayern would never have broken through the yellow wall.

 

 

Upcoming match: Hosts Hannover 96 at Signal-Iduna-Park on Mar. 2

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World 2018 43 World Club Power Rankings: February 28 - March 6 31608648 AC Milan AC+Milan World

Last week: 10

 

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League Record: 13-6-7, fourth place, Serie A (Italy)

 

Domestic Cup: Knocked out by Juventus in the quarterfinals

 

Europe: Holds 2-0 first leg lead over Barcelona in UEFA Champions League round of 16. Second leg at Camp Nou on Mar. 12

 

Last five matches: 3-2-0

 

 

Summary:

 

After its eye-opening win over Barcelona last week, the Rossoneri drew at city rivals Inter in an entertaining Serie A tie Sunday. The point kept Milan ahead of Inter in the standings, and extended its unbeaten streak to nine games. A win against Lazio on Saturday would move them ahead of the Romans into third place.

 

 

Upcoming match: Hosts Lazio at the San Siro on Mar. 2

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World 2018 43 World Club Power Rankings: February 28 - March 6 31612127 FC Porto FC+Porto World

Last week: 8

 

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League Record: 16-4-0, first place, Primeira Liga (Portugal)

 

Domestic Cup: Defeated Rio Ave Futebol Clube 2-1 on Feb. 27

 

Europe: Mar. 13 UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg match against Malaga at Rosaleda

 

Last five matches: 4-1-0

 

Summary:

 

Porto is keeping pace with Benfica, leading the league on goal differential after a routine home win over Rio Ave. Jackson Martinez scored both goals for Porto, taking his tally to a whopping 22 on the season.

 

Upcoming match: Primeira Liga match at against Sporting CP on Mar. 3
 

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World 2018 43 World Club Power Rankings: February 28 - March 6 31611186 Shakhtar Donetsk Shakhtar+Donetsk World

Last week: 9

 

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League Record: 17-0-1, first place, Premier League (Ukraine)

 

Domestic Cup: Quarterfinal at home to Karpaty on Apr. 16

 

Europe: Drew 2-2 with Borussia Dortmund in Round of 16 Champions League first leg. Second leg to be played Mar. 5

 

Last five matches: 2-2-1

 

Summary:

 

Tired of the Ukrainian winter? Us too! Thankfully, Shakhtar will return to meaningful action as soon as this weekend, taking on Volyn in the Premier League. However, it’s safe to say everyone’s more focused on Tuesday’s Champions League return leg in Dortmund. Advance, and you’ll continue to see Donetsk in these rankings.

 

Upcoming match: Premier League match at home to Volyn on Mar. 1

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