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Weekly World Power Rankings: Barcelona Moves Closer To Real Madrid

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Weekly World Soccer Rankings

Weekly World Soccer Rankings
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Most purists out there would say the only way to accurately determine the world’s best team is through the Champions League or the World Club Championship. However, I can't wait for their completion and need a ranking system that produces weekly rankings based on form, injuries and past results. The next 10 pages have taken those factors into consideration.

This week saw little movement in the Weekly World Power Rankings, with the exception of Atletico Madrid leapfrogging over AS Roma. In the Madrid Derby, Atletico proved why they need to be included in the conversation of the World's elite. Even though Real Madrid dominated most aspects of the game, it took a late goal from Cristiano Ronaldo to pull level with the hosts. Regardless, the 2-2 draw was enough to propel Atletico forward. For Real Madrid, the tie meant that their archival Barcelona pulls closer to them in this weeks Power Rankings.

The matches in England saw no upsets, but did see an impressive attacking display from Liverpool and a cup title for Manchester City. Brenden Rodgers continues to push all the right buttons with his players. His two strikers are currently in form and ranked first and second in the EPL's golden boot race, while youngsters such as Raheem Sterling are proving great energy off the bench. Do not be surprised to see Liverpool move up a couple of spots next week, especially if Chelsea cannot hold serve against Tottenham this weekend.

Check back in next week for updated rankings!

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10. Chelsea

Chelsea
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Andre Schurrle's clinical hat trick in 16 minutes was enough to give the Blues a 3-1 win over Fulham.

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9. Liverpool

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The aforementioned Liverpool put together a perfect game by beating Southampton 3-0. If their run of good form goes any longer, expect to see the number beside their name get smaller and smaller.

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8. PSG

PSG
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Unfortunately for PSG, there is little competition in Ligue 1. The defending champions are currently eight points ahead of their closest competition, Monaco. So, if they are to move up the ranks, it will be with a deep run in the Champions League.

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7. AS Roma

AS Roma
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The AS Roma 1-1 draw over the weekend is their seventh of the season and caused them to move down a spot in the Weekly World Power Rankings.

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6. Atletico Madrid

Atletico Madrid
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Altetico continues to put together key results, and this weekend's draw with neighbors Real Madrid is a prime example. But a big test looms next week when AC Milan comes to Spain for the second leg of their Champions League matchup.

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5. Juventus

Juventus
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Juventus impressed in their 2-0 victory of AC Milan this weekend.

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4. Manchester City

Manchester City
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Manchester City was able to put a trophy in their case after beating Sunderland in the Carling Cup finals this weekend. The Cup is the least prestigious of the four that City is vying for, but it is still better to have it than to not. The real test comes in two week against Barcelona, and they will surely need the clinical finishing they displayed over the weekend.

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3. Barcelona

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It looks like Lionel Messi is back to his old form and as a result, Barcelona is clicking.

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2. Real Madrid

Real Madrid
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A draw in the Milan Derby means Barcelona is inching closer to once again taking over the second spot in the Weekly World Rankings.

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1. Bayern Munich

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Bayern Munich is 20 points clear of Dortmund in the league and there are no signs of them losing any time soon in Champions League after beating Schalke 5-1 in the first leg. As a result, it does not look like they will be dethroned anytime soon.