Porto are the first Portuguese side to make this season’s power rankings despite trailing Benfica by one point. The biggest reason why? Porto have already secured progress to the Champions League knockout stage while Benfica are in last place in their group.
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Juventus (Last week: 8)
The Bianconeri were in danger of falling out of this list, too, were it not for a quick second-half comeback against Olympiakos on Wednesday. The 3-2 home win kept Juve’s Champions League hopes alive against their fiercest competitor for second place in the group. In Serie A, the Old Lady have maintained a three-point cushion on Roma.
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Borussia Moenchengladbach (Last week: Not ranked)
It’s becoming impossible to ignore the Bundesliga’s second-best team. Gladbach have reeled off a club record 18-game unbeaten streak in all competitions, lead their Europa League group and gave Bayern their biggest test of the season, a 0-0 draw at home.
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Paris St. Germain (Last week: 7)
PSG appear to do just enough in the Champions League, topping the group after back-to-back 1-0 victories against minnows APOEL. Things are looking up in Ligue 1, too, as PSG are riding a three-game win streak and get Zlatan Ibrahimovic back for Sunday’s showdown vs. Marseille.
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Marseille (Last week: 6)
Les Phocéens have a four-point cushion atop Ligue 1 following their win last weekend over Lens, but can Marcelo Bielsa’s men really challenge for their first title since 2010? We’ll find out just how good they are Sunday when they visit holders PSG.
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Barcelona (Last week: 3)
Unbeaten atop of La Liga with no goals conceded heading into El Clasico, Barca are now suddenly in fourth place after losing at the Bernabeu and at home to Luis Enrique’s ex-club Celta Vigo. At least the Catalans bounced back on Wednesday, blanking Ajax as Lionel Messi pipped Cristiano Ronaldo to the all-time Champions League goals record, which he now shares with Raul.
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Atletico Madrid (Last week: 5)
Since their loss at Valencia last month, Atletico have strung together a six-game winning streak and seem to have rediscovered their swagger from a year ago. The attacking tandem of Mario Mandzukic and Antoine Griezmann has combined for six goals in that stretch, while Atletico’s defense has only conceded twice.
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Chelsea (Last week: 2)
The Blues dropped points twice over the past two weeks, drawing at Man United in the Premier League and at NK Maribor in Europe. Still, Jose Mourinho’s team is comfortably ahead of the field in both England and Group G. Didier Drogba has done a nice job filling in for Diego Costa, scoring two big goals in the past four games.
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Bayern Munich (Last week: 1)
“Group of Death?” Not even close. Bayern clinched their Champions League group after just four matchdays for the first time in club history with Wednesday’s win over Roma, and they remain undefeated in the Bundesliga as well. The only downer: losing David Alaba most likely for the rest of 2014 to a knee injury.
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Real Madrid (Last week: 4)
Real return to the top of the list as they've now won 12 straight games, outscoring opponents 47-6. That's enough to take over the La Liga summit, with a staggering goal difference (+27) that exceeds every other team’s goals tally. Oh, and they’ve also punched their ticket to the Champions League Round of 16. Not a bad run!