League record: 6-1-1 // Team report: Marcelo Bielsa’s team scored another statement win versus Saint-Etienne last week to keep their slim lead on the Ligue 1 field. The benefit of not playing European football this season seems to keep this team fresh and hungry for a surprise title run.
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Paris Saint-Germain (Last week: Not ranked)
League record: 3-5-0 // Team report: The two-time defending Ligue 1 champs are only in fourth place after drawing five of their first eight games. So how have they snuck into our top ten? Knocking off previously unbeaten Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League will do that for you.
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Manchester City (Last week: Seventh)
League record: 3-2-1 // Team report: The Citizens face an early hole in the UEFA Champions League after gaining just one point over the first two matchdays, but luckily the two games vs. CSKA Moscow are next on the docket. Meanwhile, they remain five points behind Chelsea in England after a 4-2 win against Hull.
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Juventus (Last week: Sixth)
League record: 5-0-0 // Team report: The Old Lady stayed the course in Serie A with yet another win, but conceded their first goal of the season Wednesday night against Atletico Madrid and promptly lost their first game. One goal could very well decide their showdown with Roma on Sunday, too.
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Roma (Last week: Ninth)
League record: 5-0-0 // Team report: Is this the new Borussia Dortmund? Roma are taking the comparisons in stride, continuing to impress with undefeated play in Italy (2-0 win against Hellas Verona) and in the Champions League (1-1 draw at Man City). Up next: A tip to Juventus on Sunday.
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Barcelona (Last week: Third)
League record: 5-1-1 // Team report: Luis Enrique’s men dropped their first game of the season at the Parc de Princes on Tuesday, while also conceding their first three goals on defense. But they kept it it close against PSG and did run up the score on Granada (6-0) last weekend. Not exactly time for worry.
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Real Madrid (Last week: Fifth)
Team record: 4-0-2 // Team report: Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale & Co. have cooled off a touch after scoring 18 goals in three games. Though they won both at Villarreal and Ludogorets the past week, Real struggled at times to stamp their authority on the games.
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Atletico Madrid (Last week: Fourth)
League record: 4-2-0 // Team report: The narrow home victory against Juventus in the Champions League should be a huge boost for Atletico’s morale, as was getting Diego Simeone back on the sidelines. A big bout at second-placed Valencia is on the cards this weekend.
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Bayern Munich (Last week: Second)
League record: 4-2-0 // Team report: Victory at CSKA Moscow in front of an empty stadium was enough for Bayern to take control of Group E in the Champions League, while the 2-0 win at Cologne the previous weekend also handed Bayern sole possession of first place in the Bundesliga.
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Chelsea (Last week: First)
League record: 5-1-0 // Team report: The Blues are still unbeaten on the season after two shutout wins over Aston Villa and at Sporting this past week. The London derby on Sunday gives Jose Mourinho’s men a big chance to further separate themselves from the pack.