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 By Shaka Hislop

Atletico Madrid beat Bayern, go top of Shaka Hislop's Power Rankings

There haven't been many changes to Shaka Hislop's Power Rankings, but the main change is huge, as Atletico Madrid vault above Bayern Munich to No. 1.

1. Atletico Madrid (+1)

If ever a week summed up Diego Simeone's Atletico Madrid, this was it. Two 1-0 wins were achieved through a mix of no little ability (Saul Niguez's goal vs. Bayern was magnificent) and plenty of "by any means necessary" tactics. Simeone and his players might live on the edge, but you get the impression they're quite happy there.

2. Bayern Munich (-1)

Bayern can win the Bundesliga on Saturday, having seen off Hertha Berlin 2-0 last weekend, but the second leg of the Champions League semifinal will surely be more on Pep Guardiola's mind. Bayern didn't play badly in Madrid vs. Atletico, but having failed to score, they must be careful to not concede as they attempt to get back into the tie.

3. Real Madrid (no change)

Cristiano Ronaldo missed both Madrid's games last week, but thanks to Gareth Bale's heroics at Rayo Vallecano and a solid defensive effort vs. Manchester City, the Portuguese forward wasn't greatly missed. Zinedine Zidane's side remain just one point off the top in Spain and are well-placed ahead of their Champions League semifinal second leg.

4. Barcelona (no change)

It might not be of great comfort to a club intent on becoming the first to win the competition in back-to-back years, but Barca appear to have rediscovered their form since being knocked out of the Champions League. Luis Suarez scored four goals (for the second consecutive game!) in a 6-0 win over Sporting Gijon, which means the defending champions remain atop La Liga.

Saul's brilliant solo goal was enough for Atletico to beat Bayern and move to the top of our Power Rankings.

5. Juventus (no change)

By virtue of a 2-1 win at Fiorentina and Roma's beating Napoli 1-0 a day later, Juventus are champions of Italy for the fifth straight season. Remarkably, the Old Lady has won 24 of her past 15 games since an October defeat at Sassuolo. Juve now have three league games remaining before they conclude the season vs. Milan in the Coppa Italia final.

6. Paris Saint-Germain (no change)

PSG claimed the second part of a domestic treble when Angel Di Maria's late goal clinched victory in the Coupe de la Ligue final against Lille. How did some of the players celebrate? Well, they jetted off to Las Vegas! With no meaningful games to play until the French cup final May 21, Zlatan Ibrahimovic & Co. took the chance to relax in style.

7. Leicester City (no change)

Among the sentences I never thought I'd write is this: Leicester will be Premier League champions if they win at Manchester United. Just read that one more time. Claudio Ranieri made light of Jamie Vardy's suspension and then watched as West Brom did them an almighty favour by drawing at Tottenham. The miracle has almost been achieved.

8. Manchester City (no change)

After a gentle stroll through a 4-0 win over Stoke, Man City had an altogether more difficult task against Real Madrid in the Champions League. The 0-0 draw with which they came away was a decent result, especially because they did not concede an away goal. But failing to beat a Ronaldo-less Real might come back to haunt them.

9. Borussia Dortmund (no change)

Since they imploded at Liverpool and went out of the Europa League, BVB have won three straight games by a score of 3-0. It might not completely purge their Anfield angst, but it does show that they remain a very, very good team. Remember, they still have silverware to play for. Dortmund face Bayern in the DFB-Pokal final May 21.

10. Villarreal (new)

Praise the Yellow Submarine! The small Spanish club are one of football's best stories, given their rise over the past few seasons and their remarkable talent on a shoestring budget (sound familiar, Leicester fans?). Thursday saw them leave it late to beat Liverpool 1-0 in their Europa League semifinal first leg, but the win was arguably well-deserved, given the their relentless pace and consistent commitment to attacking football. Consider that they're comfortably fourth in La Liga, and it adds up to a deserved mention in our top 10.

Dropping out: Tottenham Hotspur

Shaka Hislop played for over 10 years in the Premier League and represented Trinidad and Tobago at the 2006 World Cup. Watch him on ESPN FC TV!


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