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Weekly World Soccer Power Rankings: Atletico’s Season Gets Better

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Weekly World Soccer Power Rankings: Atletico's Season Gets Better

Weekly World Soccer Power Rankings: Atletico's Season Gets Better
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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 Club World Cup. However, I can't wait for their completion and need a ranking system that produces weekly rankings based on form, injuries and past results. Here are the power rankings for the first week of April.

10. AS Roma

10. AS Roma
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10. AS Roma

10. AS Roma
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AS Roma, who currently sit comfortably in second place in Serie A, won 3-1 over the weekend with a hat trick by Mattia Destro. But because of their weak remaining schedule, it looks like Roma’s ceiling is pretty low at this point.

9. Chelsea

9. Chelsea
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9. Chelsea

9. Chelsea
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Chelsea were clinically dismantled by PSG 3-1 in Champions League, and that loss mixed with last week’s defeat at Crystal Palace have them giving up ground quickly.

8. Liverpool

8. Liverpool
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8. Liverpool

8. Liverpool
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Liverpool got two penalties over the weekend from Steven Gerrard to put away West Ham 2-1. With the result, Liverpool not only has Champions League hopes, but also EPL title ambitions.

7. PSG

7. PSG
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7. PSG

7. PSG
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PSG did what they needed to do against Chelsea, and that result has them poised to move up. Any dropped points from the teams above PSG will see them taking over.

6. Manchester City

6. Manchester City
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6. Manchester City

6. Manchester City
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City had only one fixture last week due to their early departure from multiple competitions, but were able to take care of business against Southampton. The Citizens are still the favorites to win the Premier League, but a late push from Liverpool will make results necessary in their last few fixtures.

5. Atletico Madrid

5. Atletico Madrid
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5. Atletico Madrid

5. Atletico Madrid
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Atletico Madrid continue to move up in the rankings and an impressive 1-1 draw at Camp Nou without Diego Costa has them inching closer to the top four. If the other team in Madrid are able to advance in Champions League, expect to see them move as high as second in next week's rankings.

4. Juventus

4. Juventus
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4. Juventus

4. Juventus
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Juventus had two wins last week and got back to their old ways of not surrendering goals. But like Roma, if Juve is to move up in the rankings, it will not be a result of their Serie A fixtures but rather a win in the Europa League.

3. Real Madrid

3. Real Madrid
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3. Real Madrid

3. Real Madrid
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Real Madrid got back to their winning ways after a dismal last two weeks. Their 3-0 victory in Champions League over Dortmund and a 4-0 thrashing of La Liga opponents Real Sociedad have Madrid rolling, but the injury concerns for Cristiano Ronaldo surely have them worried about the future.

2. Barcelona

2. Barcelona
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2. Barcelona

2. Barcelona
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Barca drew 1-1 with Atletico in Champions League last week, but were able to get back to their winning ways over the weekend with a 3-1 defeat against Betis. Look to a huge mid-week second leg matchup against Atletico to see for how long Barcelona can stay in the runners-up spot.

1. Bayern Munich

1. Bayern Munich
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1. Bayern Munich

1. Bayern Munich
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Bayern lost for only the second time all season this weekend against FC Augsburg, but the 1-0 defeat is not nearly enough to remove them from the top spot. Bayern needs to beware that their recent run of dropped points does leave the door open for others.