Atletico Madrid top Power Rankings; Juventus, Tottenham also on the rise
After just four of the most recent Top 10 won last weekend, Shaka Hislop has been forced to reshuffle his Power Rankings once again!
1. Atletico Madrid (+1)
They lead La Liga and have yet to lose in any competition this season. Once again, Atletico are demonstrating they are one of the best teams around. There is more to their game than sheer hard work and, in Antoine Griezmann, they have a true star.
2. Juventus (+5)
Since losing the Derby d'Italia to Inter, Juventus have bounced back impressively, scoring 12 goals across four straight wins in all competitions. Their most recent victory was a 3-0 triumph at Empoli, in which Gonzalo Higuain scored two goals.
3. Tottenham (+6)
Mauricio Pochettino's first win as a manager was against Pep Guardiola in 2009 and the Argentine repeated the trick as Spurs swept past Man City. Tottenham ran out of steam last season in pursuit of the title; will 2016-17 be different?
4. Bayern Munich (no change)
Bayern have come back to earth after an all-conquering start to the season. Last weekend's draw with Cologne means that, after eight straight wins in all competitions, they have gone winless in their last two outings. Still, they seem to have enjoyed Oktoberfest!
5. Benfica (new)
Benfica lead the Portuguese standings by three points and are now unbeaten in league play since losing to Porto in February -- a run of 19 games, 18 of which they have won! Their most recent outing saw them ease to a 4-0 win vs. Feirense.
6. Arsenal (+4)
Their winning goal at Burnley should not have stood but that it did meant that Arsene Wenger celebrated 20 years as Arsenal manager with a fifth straight win. The Gunners have not lost since opening day and are showing signs that can make a title push.
7. Real Madrid (-2)
They remain unbeaten in 2016-17 but, like a few others on this list, Madrid have not had everything their own way recently. A 1-1 draw at home to lowly Eibar was a surprise result and means Zinedine Zidane's men have drawn their last four matches.
8. Nice (new)
A point clear in Ligue 1, Nice continue to be one of the stories of the season. Mario Balotelli gets the headlines -- last weekend he scored the winner and then was sent off, only to have the red card rescinded -- but there's more to Lucien Favre's side than the Italian striker.
9. Hertha Berlin (new)
After finishing seventh last season, Hertha have made a strong start to the new Bundesliga campaign. Pal Dardai's side are currently second after losing just one -- to Bayern Munich -- of their opening six games. Their star so far has been five-goal striker Vedad Ibisevic.
10. Barcelona (-9)
It's been an all-or-nothing kind of season so far for Barcelona and never was that more apparent than in their 4-3 defeat at Celta Vigo. Having fallen behind 3-0, Barca got back into the game but ultimately fell to their second league defeat of the season.
Dropping out: Borussia Dortmund, Manchester City, Napoli.