Two weeks ago the Reds had the inside track to the Premier League title. But after two disastrous results, Brendan Rodgers has already conceded the race to Manchester City. Granted, the collapse at Crystal Palace was a punch to the gut, the equivalent of throwing the trophy off a cliff, but Championship Sunday has been known to produce miracles. Shouldn’t Rodgers be a bit less cynical?
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Paris Saint-Germain (Last week: Ninth)
A home loss to Rennes midweek hardly mattered as Monaco’s draw with Guingamp handed PSG back-to-back Ligue 1 titles for the first time in the club’s history. It was never really in doubt either. Since an emphatic 4-0 win over Bastia on matchday 10, PSG haven’t been touched near the summit (Editor's note: French league champion Paris Saint-Germain broke the record for most points in a season by defeating Lille 3-1 on Saturday).
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Benfica (Last week: Eighth)
The Portuguese champs beat Rio Ave on Wednesday to secure the League Cup for the fifth time in the seven-year history of the competition. Up next is an oddly insignificant bout at rivals Porto, before Benfica head off to Italy for the Europa League final.
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Chelsea (Last week: Sixth)
Man City’s win over Aston Villa mathematically eliminated the Blues from the title race, though that was already made clear with their own failure to beat relegation-bound Norwich. Dropping points against the bottom-half teams has really been the story of Chelsea’s season. Fans must be rightfully disappointed, as Chelsea had by far the best record against their top four rivals.
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Juventus (Last week: Tenth)
Three-peat! Juve were crowned Serie A champions before they even got a chance to earn it on the field on Monday, as Roma’s loss to Catania a day earlier did the business. The Old Lady now needs just one point from their final two games to match Inter’s record mark of 97 points, which they set in 2006-7.
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Barcelona (Last week: Fourth)
What was a fast and furious, three-horse race all season long has suddenly turned into a snail’s pace finish, with Barca, Real and Atletico all dropping points on the same weekend for the first time this season. That has benefited Barca most of all, however. Hosting Atletico on the final day now gives them the improbable late edge; win out and Barca are back-to-back champions.
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Manchester City (Last week: Fifth)
Remember when Edin Dzeko was supposed to be chased out of town by Alvaro Negredo and Stevan Jovetic? Yeah, whatever happened to those two guys? Meanwhile, the Bosnian with the clutch gene has the most goals in the league since Jan. 1, and two braces in five days have led Man City back atop the Premier League, one win away from their second title in three years.
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Bayern Munich (Last week: Third)
With a week to go until the German Cup final against Dortmund, it’s fitting that Mario Goetze is creating the most buzz around Munich. His brace against Hamburg last weekend again prompted the question: has Goetze been underused this season? The last two games of the season could be his chance to send a message to Pep Guardiola (Editor's note: Claudio Pizarro's stoppage-time winner earned Bayern Munich a 1-0 win over Sturrgart on Saturday).
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Real Madrid (Last week: Second)
Does nobody want to win La Liga? Los Blancos dropped points in consecutive games this week, all but taking themselves out of the title race. They are still mathematically alive, but only because of their rivals’ slip-ups. The double whammy? Cristiano Ronaldo had to leave against Valladolid after only eight minutes with an aggravated hamstring injury.
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Atletico Madrid (Last week: First)
Despite their first loss in over two months (Sunday at Levante), Atletico’s chances at a historic double are still in their hands. It’s just gotten a whole lot tougher. Diego Costa remains in doubt for this weekend's match against Malaga and Diego Simeone’s squad will now likely need a point at the Camp Nou on the final day to clinch their first Spanish championship since 1996. The good news: they’ve already done so twice this season.