Bayern Munich replace Barcelona at the top of the Power Rankings
Bayern Munich are in top form and, after Barcelona's shock loss, now stand atop the countdown.
1. Bayern Munich (+1)
Thanks to an incredible nine-minute spell in which Robert Lewandowski scored five goals, Bayern are on top of my countdown for the first time this season. The German champions thumped Wolfsburg 5-1, having won 3-0 at Darmstadt at the weekend. Bayern have scored 20 goals in six league games.
2. Real Madrid (+1)
While Cristiano Ronaldo blows hot and cold, Karim Benzema's scoring has been a model of consistency so far this season. The Frenchman has scored in each of the five games he has played, and he netted all of Madrid's goals last week in a 1-0 win vs. Granada and a 2-1 triumph at Athletic Bilbao.
3. Barcelona (-2)
A 4-1 win and a 4-1 defeat represented what was very much a week of mixed fortunes for last season's treble winners. After seeing off Levante, Barca were tripped up at Celta Vigo, a reverse that ended the 100 percent league winning record of Luis Enrique's side and caused them to drop out of first place.
4. Paris Saint-Germain (+1)
Edinson Cavani saved a point at Reims for the French champions, who subsequently got back to winning by beating Guingamp 3-0. Most notable in the latter game was the return to the score sheet of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who notched his first of the season, while Angel Di Maria also found the net.
5. Inter (+4)
Being top of the league can mean little at this early stage of the season but, when you are 10 points ahead of the defending champions, it is a status that holds more weight. That's the scenario for Inter, who have won all five of their league games so far -- most recently 1-0 vs. Verona -- to pull double digits ahead of Juventus.
6. Borussia Dortmund (+1)
After an emphatic 3-0 win vs. Leverkusen on Sunday, Dortmund dropped their first Bundesliga points of 2015-16 when they were held to a 1-1 draw by Hoffenheim. On the plus side, the scoring form of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang continues -- the Gabon striker is the first player to score in six straight league games at the start of a season.
7. Manchester City (-3)
The Premier League leaders drop after a surprise defeat at home to West Ham. City didn't play badly and had enough chances to win the game, but the setback served to end what had been an impressive start to the season. Manuel Pellegrini's men rediscovered their winning touch in the League Cup at Sunderland.
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8. Atletico Madrid (no change)
Back-to-back 2-0 wins have seen Diego Simeone's men climb to fourth in La Liga. In the first win, Fernando Torres and Angel Correa each scored and had an assist at Eibar, and in the second, Antoine Griezmann's double strike secured victory vs. city rivals Getafe. It's a good time for Atletico to find form -- Real Madrid visit the Calderon on Oct. 4.
9. Celta Vigo (new)
How could I leave them out? A 2-1 weekend win at Sevilla suggested that Barcelona could be in for a tough time on Wednesday, but surely nobody expected Celta to win 4-1. That is exactly what happened, though, as ex-Liverpool forward Iago Aspas netted twice in a performance that overwhelmed the Spanish champions.
10. Porto (new)
Eyebrows were raised when Iker Casillas decided to join Porto upon leaving Real Madrid, but so far the legendary goalkeeper's move is paying off handsomely. Casillas has conceded just two goals in five league games and, most recently, kept a clean sheet as his new club earned a 1-0 derby win vs. Benfica.
Dropping out: Roma, PSV Eindhoven