Chelsea still No. 1 in Power Rankings, Real Madrid No. 2, Juventus No. 3
Chelsea gritted their teeth and dug deep for two wins this week, and as a result they remain top of Shaka Hislop's Power Rankings.
1. Chelsea (no change)
To win a league title, sometimes you have to nick a result when not at your best. Chelsea did that twice last week, first against West Brom and then at Sunderland. Back-to-back 1-0 victories mean Antonio Conte's men have won 10 straight league games.
2. Real Madrid (no change)
Real Madrid refuse to lose these days as Zinedine Zidane's side extended their unbeaten run to 36 games with a last-gasp win over Deportivo and then handling Club America 2-0 in the Club World Cup on Thursday morning. What's truly remarkable about their form is how they find different ways to win: Sergio Ramos' injury time header secured the victory on Sunday while Cristiano Ronaldo turned in a superb 90 minutes against the Liga MX side in midweek. Ignore them at your peril.
3. Juventus (no change)
When Torino opened the scoring on derby day, it looked like Juventus might lose for the second time in three league games. However, Gonzalo Higuain picked a good time to end a Serie A goalless run dating back to October by scoring twice in an eventual 3-1 win.
4. Barcelona (+1)
After three straight league draws, Barca needed a boost, and a trip to bottom-of-the-table Osasuna provided just that, though it took almost an hour to break through. In the end, Luis Enrique's side cruised to a 3-0 win with Lionel Messi scoring twice.
5. Roma (+1)
In the battle of second and third in Serie A, Roma prevailed 1-0 against Milan. The win was built on a fine goalkeeping display by Wojciech Szczesny, who saved a penalty to set the stage for Radja Nainggolan's winning goal. Next up for Roma? Juventus.
6. Bayern Munich (+1)
Since a blip at the start of November, when they took one point from two games, Bayern have reeled off three straight wins. The latest, which when combined with a Leipzig loss took them back to the top of the Bundesliga, was an emphatic 5-0 triumph vs. Wolfsburg.
7. Nice (+2)
Nice were knocked out of the French Cup midweek vs. Bordeaux but not to bother: After all, it just means that Lucien Favre's league leaders can concentrate on securing what would be a miraculous Ligue 1 title. Last weekend, Les Aiglons swooped into the Parc des Princes and took a 2-0 lead over Paris Saint-Germain. Though Unai Emery's side eventually rallied for a 2-2 draw, the result was yet more proof at how this team can more than handle their own in French football this season.
8. Benfica (new)
The best team in Portugal continue to stay out in front of the competition, beating their nearest rivals Sporting CP 2-1 in last weekend's derby. Goals by Eduardo Salvio and Raul Jimenez secured all three points. Rui Vitoria's side are four points clear atop the table as the season approaches the halfway point.
9. RB Leipzig (-5)
The surprise Bundesliga leaders suffered their first defeat of the season -- an equally surprising 1-0 reverse at relegation-threatened Ingolstadt. Ralph Hasenhuttl's side are now second, but they retain a healthy six-point advantage over third-placed Hertha Berlin.
10. Sevilla (new)
Jorge Sampaoli's first European management job couldn't be going better as Sevilla continue to flourish under his intense tutelage. Sitting comfortably in third place just a point behind Barca, they got back to winning ways last weekend with a 3-0 win at Celta Vigo, with Vicente Iborra coming off the bench to score an improbable hat trick. This team is still a work in progress, but it's safe to say they're ahead of schedule.
Dropping out: Borussia Dortmund, AC Milan