📈 Power Rankings: Three new clubs and a new leader AT LAST!

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Lewis Ambrose

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The international break is ancient history, we’ve had almost an entire week of club football to enjoy since it ended!

And our European club Power Rankings have changed a little bit. Right this way for two new entries and a new team at the top!

10. Wolfsburg (🆕)

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With RB  Leipzig losing to Bayern Munich at the weekend, Wolfsburg are now just three points from second place in the Bundesliga.

They’ve won 10 of their last 12 and, even with some tough fixtures coming up, are edging closer to next season’s Champions League.

9. PSG (👎 Last week: 7)

Lille so easily could’ve robbed this spot, having taken a huge leap forward in the Ligue 1 title race by beating PSG at the weekend, but they haven’t won back-to-back Ligue 1 matches since early February.

And then came midweek. Inspired by Kylian Mbappé, PSG scored three as they beat the Champions League holders on their own patch. It wasn’t enough to stop a slide but it does keep them in our top 10.

8. Chelsea (👎 Last week: 5)

Saturday was just a blip, right? And Chelsea have already recovered.

But Saturday still happened. A 5-2 defeat to West Brom, at Stamford Bridge of all places, was Thomas Tuchel’s first loss since he took over and will live long in the memory.

7. Ajax (👍 Last week: 8)

People don’t seem to be paying Ajax much attention. People should be.

Erik ten Hag has put together his best side since reaching the Champions League semi-finals two years ago, they’re coasting to domestic success averaging around 3.5 goals a game and they’re probably favourites in their European quarter-final against Roma.

6. Manchester United (🆕)

It looks like, for just the second time since 2013, Manchester United will quite comfortably qualify for the Champions League.

Now nine points clear of Chelsea in fifth, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side have lost just once in their last 24 Premier League games. And they’re Europa League favourites as the quarter-finals kick off on Thursday evening …

5. Barcelona (👌 Last week: 5)

It’s now 19 LaLiga games unbeaten for Ronald Koeman’s men as el Clásico looms. That run includes a massive 16 wins and has seen them close the gap to Atlético to a single point.

Never write off a team with Lionel Messi.

4. Bayern Munich (👎 Last week: 3)

No Lewandowski, no problem! At least in the league, where Bayern all but confirmed they will win the title again by beating RB Leipzig at the weekend to move seven points clear.

It’s a different story in the Champions League, where they badly missed the Pole in front of goal and now face an uphill battle to keep their title defence going.

3. Real Madrid (👍 Last week: 4)

Well, who would have thought it? Real Madrid absolutely dominated Liverpool with a performance we, honestly, didn’t think they were capable of anymore. We were wrong.

Zinedine Zidane’s side are still trotting out the same three-man midfield they used in the 2016 final and it still works. Back in the LaLiga title race and in the driving seat against Liverpool in the Champions League is some going.

2. Manchester City (👎 Last week: 1)

This isn’t to say Manchester City aren’t still exceptional, they are. And they’re still looking like Champions League favourites. But they weren’t convincing at home against a Borussia Dortmund side sat fifth in the Bundesliga.

Pep Guardiola will be thrilled to have a first leg lead and a comfortable Premier League cushion but this was a reminder of how fine the margins are at times and how things can, if you’re not careful, just slip away.

1. Inter (👍 Last week: 2)

A new leader! At last! And a club that isn’t even in the Champions League.

But Inter have now won 10 in a row in Serie A and we just can’t ignore that. They’ve scored 23 on that run, they’ve conceded just four, they’re now a huge 11 points clear of Milan and a first Scudetto since 2010 is in the offing.