Mamma mia, Old Lady! After being denied a home Europa League final by Benfica, the wait for Juventus’ first European title since 1996 continues. But at least the consolation prize -- the Serie A title -- awaits this weekend if Juve can clinch with a home win against Atalanta. Still, Antonio Conte’s men will not be satisfied securing just one trophy this year.
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Paris Saint-Germain (Last week: Seventh)
Nothing much left to discuss here: Laurent Blanc’s men need just one point from their final three league games to clinch their Ligue 1 title defense. The business should be done on Wednesday, at home against lowly Rennes.
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Benfica (Last week: Eighth)
The Portuguese champions got the shutout they needed in Turin to reach their second straight Europa League final, after losing to Chelsea last season. The last team to reach consecutive finals -- Sevilla -- will be their opponent. Also on deck in May: two domestic cup finals against Rio Ave, meaning Benfica could end the season with four trophies for the first time ever.
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Liverpool (Last week: Fourth)
Oh dear! Liverpool lost control of the Premier League race in stunning fashion last weekend, opening the door again for Man City. Of all people, captain Steven Gerrard -- still searching for his first league title -- committed the pivotal error against Chelsea, but the Reds aren’t dead yet: win the last two games, and the title may still end up at the Kop.
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Chelsea (Last week: Fifth)
How big does that home loss to Sunderland look now? Had the Blues taken care of business against the relegation candidates, the win at Anfield would have sent Chelsea top of the league with the best shot at the title. Now, having been eliminated by Atletico Madrid in the Champions League, Jose Mourinho will most likely have nothing to celebrate in his first year back at Stamfrod Bridge.
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Manchester City (Last week: Not ranked)
The Premier League title might remain in Manchester after all, as City made no mistake at Crystal Palace to take the advantage away from Liverpool as we enter the May run-in. But one last big hurdle -- in the figure of Tim Howard -- awaits. If Everton snatch at least a point at home, City would once again need their rivals to drop points to remain in control. (Note: Man City were up to the task, fending off Everton in a 3-2 thriller.)
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Barcelona (Last week: Fourth)
It’s hard to describe just how remarkable Barca’s thrilling comeback win over Villarreal was. Not only did the blaugrana come back from two goals down to claim a famous victory for the late Tito Vilanova (the two own goals should tell you it was simply preordained), Dani Alves also triggered a huge social media offensive against racism by eating a banana thrown at him. (Note: Barca's title hopes were dealt a major blow after a draw vs. Getafe on Saturday.)
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Bayern Munich (Last week: Second)
While Bayern were busy failing at tiki-taka, Real Madrid played tic-tac-toe, dishing Bayern their worst-ever home defeat in Europe and eviscerating Pep Guardiola’s game plan in the process. The manager will now deal with criticism that his team peaked in October and not when it mattered most. A lot will be forgiven, however, if Bayern beat Dortmund in the German Cup final in two weeks. (Note: Bayern got back on track with a rout against Hamburg on Saturday.)
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Atletico Madrid (Last week: Third)
From Champions League afterthought to dark horse contender to finalist. It’s been a magical ride for Diego Simeone’s Atletico. Will it have a happy ending? No matter what happens on May 24, they’ll have reason enough to party in Neptuno Square if Los Colchoneros take care of the La Liga title first. Six points from their final three games would be enough.
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Real Madrid (Last week: First)
Remember when this club couldn’t get past German teams? Los Blancos have now knocked out Schalke, Dortmund and Bayern on their way to Lisbon, with Tuesday’s 4-0 annihilation of Munich the crowning moment of their season thus far. Cristiano Ronaldo, who scored twice to set a new single-season Champions League goals record, simply looks like he will not to be denied this year.