📈 Power Rankings: Real Madrid rising, PL dominance, four new teams! | OneFootball

📈 Power Rankings: Real Madrid rising, PL dominance, four new teams!

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Lewis Ambrose

It’s been a while since our last Power Rankings, with plenty of league fixtures, plus a round of European games, to consider.

The result? Plenty of changes.


10. Rennes (👎 Last time: 9)

A defeat to reigning Ligue 1 champions Lille at the weekend leaves Rennes teetering on the edge. That was their first loss since September, though, and it’ll take more than that to convince us their good form is over.

Only PSG have better goal difference in the league and Rennes are steaming through the Europa Conference League as well with Gaëtan Laborde continuing the superb goalscoring form that earned him a move from Montpellier.

9. Brest (🆕)

Another French club and it, once again, isn’t PSG. Stade Brest sit 11th in Ligue 1, so what are they doing here? Well, sensationally, they’ve won five in a row, having failed to win any of their first 11 games of the season.

It’s a sensational run inspired by Romain Faivre — the team’s top scorer and most prolific assister — who is sure to be attracting attention from elsewhere before long.

8. Sporting CP (🆕)

The Portuguese champions are at it again. Defensively superb, Sporting have won 10 and drawn just two in the league this season, winning seven in a row up until now.

And that’s not all. A win over Borussia Dortmund meant they’ll be present in the Champions League knockout rounds. A team on top form.

7. Atalanta (🆕)

The way Napoli and Milan started in the league was never likely to last and Atalanta have hit form just as the top two have stumbled.

Things have clicked in recent weeks and Atalanta are now on the longest unbeaten run (eight games) and the longest winning run (four) in Italy. They’ve scored a brilliant 22 goals in those eight matches, too. Gasperini’s men are back.

6. Inter (🆕)

The Serie A title holders are back in business. After a slightly inconsistent start, especially in Europe, Simone Inzaghi has Inter purring. They’ve won five of their last six in Serie A and are flying in the Champions League too, which just gives them the edge over Atalanta.

A real strike partnership has formed between Lautaro Martínez and Edin Džeko and Inter, the top scorers in Serie A, have closed the gap at the top to just two points.

5. Bayern Munich (👎 Last time: 1)

Oh, Bayern. Every time it looks like they’re going to run away with the Bundesliga they suffer a shock defeat. First Eintracht Frankfurt, then FC Augsburg.

Things aren’t going badly, not at all, but those two slips have left them just a point ahead of Borussia Dortmund before the two teams meet at the weekend.

4. Real Madrid (👍 Last time: 8)

Real Madrid have won seven in a row and are unbeaten in 10 in all competitions. Weird, right? Because nobody is really talking about them.

Top of LaLiga and through in the Champions League, still all largely thanks to the efforts of Vinícius Júnior and Karim Benzema, there starting to become impossible to ignore.

3. Liverpool (👍 Last time: 6)

We really had Liverpool sixth last time out. Since then they’re won 4-0, 2-0, 4-0, 4-1. Solid.

Mohamed Salah (seventh in the Ballon d’Or) has an absurd 13 goals and eight assists in his 14 Premier League appearances this season and Jürgen Klopp’s side as a whole have 43 goals in the league, more than any side has ever had at this stage.

2. Chelsea (No change)

Solid defensively, able to rely on pretty much anyone in the side chipping in with a goal, and top of the Premier League. Chelsea don’t always win convincingly, they certainly do so less often than their two title rivals, but they basically do always win and are now unbeaten in eight in the Premier League.

The only side more impressive across the board in recent weeks has been …

1. Manchester City (👍 Last time: 3)

It’s four league wins in a row for Man City and six across all competitions. Once again, it’s hard to think of who might actually be able to stop them.

Of course, someone does usually come along at some point, but Pep Guardiola’s side look well and truly in their groove without actually hitting absolute top form. A worrying sign for the rest of the footballing world.