It may just have been a blip on the radar, but Roma’s capitulation on Tuesday against Bayern Munich was bound to knock them down this list. It was Roma’s second loss in three games (the other was at Juventus), but the good news is they’re still on Juve’s heels in Serie A and remain in good position to edge Manchester City in the Champions League.
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Juventus (Last week: No. 7)
The Serie A champs have stumbled out of the international break, dropping their first points of the league campaign at Sassuolo before losing at Olympiakos in the Champions League on Wednesday. After a hot start to the year, Juve’s offense is sputtering at the moment.
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Man City (Last week: No. 8)
Still cruising in the Premier League after a 4-1 home win over Tottenham, Manuel Pellegrini must wonder why his side can’t replicate their form in Europe. After letting a 2-0 lead slip away at CSKA, City sit on only two points from their first three Champions League games.
PSG (Last week: No. 10)
Edinson Cavani’s last-minute goal was just enough for PSG to escape Cyprus with a win on Tuesday to keep them atop Group F in the Champions League. In France, however, the defending champions still have a large mountain to climb after drawing six of their first 10 games.
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Marseille (Last week: No. 9)
Les Phocéens show no signs of slowing down in France as they still own a seven-point lead over PSG. The only thing that’s gone wrong for Marcelo Bielsa recently is sitting down on a hot cup of coffee during Saturday’s win over Toulouse!
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Atletico Madrid (Last week: No. 3)
The international break seemed to have been just what the doctor ordered for Atletico, who bounced back from a 3-1 loss at Valencia to blank Espanyol and Malmo in the span of four days. Diego Simeone’s team can start inching closer to the top of La Liga with a win at Getafe on Sunday.
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Real Madrid (Last week: No. 4)
Real completely outclassed Liverpool at Anfield on Wednesday for their eighth consecutive win, and Cristiano Ronaldo has now scored in each of his past nine games. Even without Gareth Bale, Real will enter El Clasico as the favorites, and a CR7 at the peak of his powers is the biggest reason why.
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Barcelona (Last week: No. 5)
The moment we’ve been waiting for is finally here as Luis Suarez comes back from his bite ban to face Real Madrid, of all teams. A start for the Uruguayan is highly unlikely on his debut, however, and the spotlight will fall on another star, anyway. Lionel Messi could equal or break the La Liga scoring record in Saturday’s El Clasico at the Bernabeu.
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Chelsea (Last week: No. 1)
Still unbeaten on the season, the Blues enjoy a five-point cushion on the Premier League field and warmed up for Sunday’s tilt at Old Trafford with a six-goal shellacking of NK Maribor in the Champions League. Even without Diego Costa, they again proved to have the most dominant offense in England.
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Bayern Munich (Last week: No. 2)
A whopping 17 goals in their past three games have catapulted Bayern to the top of the pile. Their 7-1 destruction of Roma was football at its finest. Pep Guardiola said Bayern would “have problems until December” only weeks ago, but even without some key stars this team has started to get back to their form from a year ago.