📈 Power Rankings: Three new clubs, German surprise, Barça climb | OneFootball

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Lewis Ambrose·26 January 2023

📈 Power Rankings: Three new clubs, German surprise, Barça climb

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The football never stops, the latest Power Rankings are in.

10. Roma (🆕)

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With four wins and a draw since the turn of the year, things are looking good for Roma.

Tammy Abraham and Paulo Dybala have both hit their stride of late and it’s only goal difference separating José Mourinho’s side (currently fifth) and third place.

9. Wolfsburg (🆕)

Wolfsburg were on fire when the Bundesliga went on its long hiatus and they have picked up where they left off, winning 6-0 and 5-0 in games against SC Freiburg and Hertha BSC.

That’s now six league wins in a row, propelling them from a potential relegation scrap into the race for European football.

8. Manchester City (🆕)

They were never going to be gone for long, were they?

That dramatic win over Tottenham was followed by a much more routine defeat of Wolves as City finally, for the first time since the very start of November, made it back-to-back league wins.

7. Real Sociedad (👍 Last time: 8)

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Wednesday’s narrow Copa del Rey defeat to Barcelona, away from home and playing with 10 men for 50 minutes, doesn’t take the shine off of a side that has won five in a row in LaLiga to launch themselves into a potential title fight.

6. Manchester United (👎 Last time: 3)

Erik ten Hag’s side responded well to defeat at Arsenal in midweek and the 3-2 reverse in north London on Sunday came in what is currently the toughest fixture in the league, so things are still fine, but the manner of the performance against the Gunners was perhaps a slight reality check.

They scored twice and only lost it late but United were thoroughly beaten and, between that and the draw at Crystal Palace, any brief hope of a title challenge has been doused.

5. Newcastle United (👍 Last time: 6)

Newcastle have now kept a clean sheet in each of the last 10 games Nick Pope has played in goal.

With that they aren’t just third in the league, where they are unbeaten in 15 games, but also now just 90 minutes from Wembley.

4. Marseille (👍 Last time: 5)

It’s just the eight wins in a row across all competitions for Marseille now. Yes, eight.

The form team in France and easily one of the form teams in Europe, and that without any obvious star players standing out too much, it looks sustainable.

3. Napoli (👎 Last time: 2)

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It was a big week for Napoli. They just went about their own business coolly, beating Salernitana 2-0, but Juve’s points deduction plus defeats for both Milan clubs saw them climb to 12 points clear at the top of Serie A.

This, surely, is the year.

2. Barcelona (👍 Last time: 4)

Top of LaLiga and through in the Copa del Rey, Barça won in each competition this week, keeping two clean sheets again. They’ve not lost in 12, they look in control at all times, and they really aren’t relying on Robert Lewandowski for goals right now either.

Xavi’s side look ominous.

1. Arsenal (No change)

Still sat top of the Premier League, still sat top of the Power Rankings, Arsenal’s last two league wins — against Tottenham and Manchester United — felt like their most significant of the season so far.

The Gunners rarely fall behind and have tended to have games tied up long before injury time but they checked both boxes on Sunday and a club-record 50 points at the halfway stage of the season is not to be taken lightly.