Taking over the tenth spot for Borussia Dortmund, Benfica are close to wrapping up the Portuguese title. A seven-point lead over Sporting with six matches left should give them plenty of room for error. Meanwhile, Jorge Jesus’s group also aims for its second straight Europa League final appearance.
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Liverpool (Last week: Eighth)
No team in Europe has scored more goals in their past seven league games than Bayern Munich and the Reds, who both have 26 in that stretch. Seventeen of those goals have come from an expanded version of “SAS.” Daniel Sturridge (6), Luis Suarez (4), Martin Skrtl (4), and Raheem Sterling (3).
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Manchester City (Last week: Ninth)
City control their own fate again after winning one of their three make-up games in the Premier League (the fact it came at Old Trafford just sweetened the pot). Now just three points shy of Chelsea, and with no other competitions to worry about, the Citizens will like their chances at a second league championship in three years.
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Juventus (Last week: Seventh)
The Serie A race may soon be the next to be declared officially over. Juve hold a 14-point lead with eight games remaining, and in spite of little rest and an injury-plagued roster, Antonio Conte’s men have battled from win to win. The defense has been the key, giving up just two goals in the past ten games.
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Real Madrid (Last week: Third)
It was bound to happen eventually, but it couldn’t have come at a worse possible time. Real have lost back-to-back league games for the first time in the Cristiano Ronaldo era, and with it, they’ve tumbled from first place to third in a wild La Liga race that’s going down to the wire.
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Chelsea (Last week: Sixth)
Coming off their 6-0 destruction of Arsenal, the Blues will take plenty of confidence with them to Paris for the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals. But before they do, Jose Mourinho’s men must avoid a potential trap game against Crystal Palace, much like the Aston Villa one proved to be a few weeks ago.
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Atletico Madrid (Last week: Fifth)
It couldn’t have been a better week for Atletico. Diego Costa, who has now scored in four straight games, led his side to a pair of wins against Real Betis and Granada, while Real’s struggles put them back on the La Liga summit. Right behind them is Barca, who they play Tuesday in the UEFA Champions League quarters.
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Paris Saint-Germain (Last week: Third)
Make it eight straight wins for the runaway Ligue 1 leaders, who also boast Europe’s third best goal differential (+52) behind Bayern Munich (+66) and Barcelona (+63). Up next, Zlatan & Co. take aim at Mourinho’s Chelsea, in what should be a thriller at the Parc-de-Princes on Wednesday.
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Barcelona (Last week: Fourth)
Oh what a difference a Clasico victory makes. After last Sunday’s thrilling 4-3 shootout at the Bernabeu, Barca stayed hot with a 3-0 win at Celta Vigo in midweek. And though the loss of Victor Valdes to a torn right ACL stings, seeing Real Madrid below them should soften the blow.
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Bayern Munich (Last week: First)
Under Pep Guardiola, Bayern have managed to clinch the Bundesliga one week earlier than last season, and are in line to break several more of the records they set a year ago. With league play now reduced to a formality, all efforts will go towards becoming the first team ever to record back-to-back continental trebles.