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 By Shaka Hislop

Barcelona on top of Power Rankings; Atletico also up as Bayern drop

It's all change at the top of Shaka Hislop's Power Rankings as a pair of Spanish giants make a move up the chart.

1. Barcelona (+1)

No Lionel Messi, no problem -- last week, at least! Barca swept to a 5-0 win at Sporting Gijon before getting more of a test in the Champions League at Borussia Monchengladbach. They passed it, though, thanks to unlikely scorers Arda Turan and Gerard Pique.

2. Atletico Madrid (+4)

I've probably said it before, but it bears repeating: Is there any other side in Europe that is tougher to play against? Diego Simeone's men have conceded just two goals in eight games this season and continue to employ an utterly relentless playing style.

3. Borussia Dortmund (+1)

Did this young BVB side come of age on Tuesday against Real Madrid? Granted, they trailed on two occasions, but think of the belief that equalising twice will give them. Thomas Tuchel has a pretty special team on his hands.

4. Bayern Munich (-3)

Bayern drop out of the top spot after needing a late goal to win at lowly Hamburg and then, just as they did in last season's semifinal, losing to Atletico Madrid. There's no reason to panic for Carlo Ancelotti, but this was not a great week for Bayern.

5. Real Madrid (-2)

Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane
Real Madrid had a frustrating week, in which they twice drew games after leading.

After winning 16 straight games, Madrid have now drawn three in a row. Like Bayern, there's no cause to fret, but the fact they have conceded late equalisers in their past two games will be a source of frustration to Zinedine Zidane.

6. Manchester City (-4)

Hands up who predicted Celtic would be the first team to deny Man City a victory this season? Having beaten Swansea at the weekend, Pep Guardiola's side were given all they could handle by the Scottish champions and only managed to come away with a 3-3 draw.

7. Juventus (+1)

An own goal gave them victory at Palermo, but Juventus were much more impressive in the Champions League on Tuesday. A 4-0 win at Dinamo Zagreb featured a star turn by Miralem Pjanic and another goal for Gonzalo Higuain.

8. Napoli (+1)

Equally good in European competition were Higuain's old club, with Napoli winning 4-2 vs. Benfica. Dries Mertens was the main man with two goals. Having beaten Chievo at the weekend, Napoli remain undefeated this season.

9. Tottenham (new)

Two tricky away trips were successfully negotiated as Tottenham won at Middlesbrough and CSKA Moscow. The hero on both occasions was Son Heung-Min, who netted all three of his side's goals. Lucky they didn't sell him in the summer!

10. Arsenal (new)

Arsenal destroyed Chelsea with a relentless, first-half attacking performance. Add a midweek win over Basel, and it'll be a happy 20th anniversary for Arsene Wenger.

Dropping out: Cologne, Feyenoord.

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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