League record: 10-5-3. // Next match: Tottenham (Premier League, Dec. 28). // Power Ranking credentials: United’s six-game winning streak was their longest in the Premier League since March 2013, before having it snapped Saturday with a draw at Villa Park. They returned to their winning ways after defeating Newcastle 3-1 at Old Trafford on Boxing Day. // Manchester United’s holiday wish: Robin van Persie to continue his hot recent form (four goals in past five games, as opposed to just two in his first 12 games) and for Radamel Falcao to rediscover his scoring touch like he did vs. Aston Villa.
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Olympique Marseille (Ligue 1)
League record: 13-2-4. // Next match: Grenoble (Coupe de France, Jan. 4). // Power Ranking credentials: Marcelo Bielsa’s team head into the winter break still atop Ligue 1 in what is likely to be a three-team race with PSG and Lyon. Marseille’s holiday wish: A commitment from Bielsa to stay with the club for the long term. They’ll also need André-Pierre Gignac to stay in top form (12 goals this season) to pull out the title.
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Paris Saint-Germain (Ligue 1)
League record: 10-8-1. // Next match: Montpellier (Coupe de France, Jan. 5). // Power Ranking credentials: PSG have won just two of their last six games, but we still believe it’s just a matter of time before this star-studded roster wrings back control in Ligue 1. // Paris Saint-Germain's holiday wish: More focus against the mid-table teams, and maybe a new toy or two for the title-hungry owners. PSG will likely be active on the January market once again.
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Juventus (Serie A)
League record: 12-3-1. // Next match: Internazionale (Serie A, Jan. 6). // Power Ranking credentials: Juventus lost a thriller to Napoli on penalties in the Italian Super Cup, but kept their three-point lead on Roma in Serie A thanks to a 3-1 win at lowly Cagliari. // Juventus' holiday wish: Carlos Tevez to show more of the form he displayed this week (three goals in two games).
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Manchester City (Premier League)
League record: 13-3-2. // Next match: Burnley (Premier League, Dec. 28). // Power Ranking credentials: Even without any healthy traditional strikers, City have upped their winning streak to nine games in all competitions, thanks in large part to the play of David Silva, Samir Nasri, Yaya Toure and a stout backline. // Manchester City’s holiday wish: Well, strikers! Clearly they need Sergio Aguero, Edin Dzeko or even Stevan Jovetic to return sooner rather than later.
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Atletico Madrid (La Liga)
League record: 11-2-3. // Next match: Levante (La Liga, Jan. 3). // Power Rankings credentials: Atletico snapped out of a little funk by storming back to beat Athletic Bilbao 4-1 on the road, this past weekend, and are still within striking distance to Real and Barcelona. // Atletico Madrid's holiday wish: To remain under the radar for as long as possible. It worked out pretty well last season, didn’t it?
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Chelsea (Premier League)
League record: 14-3-1. // Next match: Southampton (Premier League, Dec. 28). // Power Ranking credentials: Led by the omnipresent Nemanja Matic, Chelsea put on a defensive masterclass at Stoke City to further solidify their status as the Premier League’s most balanced side as displayed during Chelsea's 2-0 win vs. West Ham on Boxing Day. // Chelsea’s holiday wish: Improved fitness for Diego Costa, who has trailed off a bit after his red-hot start (just four goals since Nov. 1).
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Bayern Munich (Bundesliga)
League record: 14-3-0. // Next match: Bochum (Club friendly, Jan. 23). // Power Ranking credentials: Arjen Robben’s late match-winner vs. Mainz meant that Bayern set Bundesliga records for most points (45) and least goals conceded (4) at the halfway mark of the season. // Bayern Munich's holiday wish: More health! Pep Guardiola needs the likes of Philipp Lahm, David Alaba and Thiago to be fit in time for the UEFA Champions League knockout stage.
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Barcelona (La Liga)
League record: 12-2-2. // Next match: Real Sociedad (La Liga, Jan. 4). // Power Ranking credentials: Barca have scored at least four goals in five of their past nine games and still haven’t lost since dropping back-to-back games to Real and Celta Vivo, the first two games Luis Suarez had been eligible to play. Barcelona's holiday wish: For Real Madrid to drop some points again. Seriously!
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Real Madrid (La Liga)
League record: 13-0-2. // Next match: AC Milan (Club friendly, Dec. 29). // Power Ranking credentials: Twenty-two wins in a row in all competitions: that’s never been done before in Real’s storied history, or any La Liga side for that matter. No team is about to knock the new Club World Cup winners off the top spot anytime soon. // Real Madrid's holiday wish: A second straight Ballon d’Or for Cristiano Ronaldo maybe? What more could they possibly want?