Power Rankings: Real Madrid still No. 1 after UCL comeback, Juve stay No. 2
The start of the Champions League quarterfinals brought some big shocks but not too many changes in Shaka Hislop's Power Rankings, as Zinedine Zidane's side hold on to top spot.
1. Real Madrid (no change)
They only drew 1-1 on derby day vs. Atletico, but the point earned actually stretched their lead atop La Liga, thanks to Barcelona's defeat at Malaga. In midweek, Cristiano Ronaldo was the star of the show, scoring twice to inspire Madrid's 2-1 comeback win at Bayern Munich.
2. Juventus (no change)
After Gonzalo Higuain netted twice to move Juve three points closer to the Serie A title, his fellow Argentinean forward Paulo Dybala starred vs. Barcelona. The 23-year-old's two goals came as part of a 3-0 win that surely sets them up for safe passage into the Champions League semifinals.
3. Bayern Munich (no change)
A week that began with a resounding 4-1 win over Dortmund looked to be getting better as Arturo Vidal stood over a penalty with a chance to put Bayern 2-0 up vs. Real Madrid. But he blasted over, whereupon Carlo Ancelotti's side imploded to suffer a 2-1 defeat.
4. Chelsea (+1)
Tottenham thumped Watford to put some semblance of pressure on the Premier League leaders, but Antonio Conte's side responded like champions, sweeping aside Bournemouth 3-1. Chelsea fans will fancy moving closer to the title with a win against Jose Mourinho's Man United this weekend.
5. Atletico Madrid (+1)
As he has been so often in recent seasons, Antoine Griezmann was Atletico's go-to man this past week. After scoring a late equaliser at the Bernabeu to secure a draw against rivals Real, he was the man on the spot to net the penalty that secured a 1-0 win vs. Leicester.
6. Tottenham (+1)
They might not win the title this season, but if you're a Spurs fan, there's plenty to be excited about. The 4-0 thrashing of Watford was the 11th straight at home in league for Mauricio Pochettino's men and featured yet another superb Dele Alli goal.
7. Monaco (+3)
Leonardo Jardim's young side show no sign of feeling the pressure, either at home or abroad. Monaco maintained their three-point lead in Ligue 1 with a 1-0 win at Angers, before Kylian Mbappe starred again in the 3-2 Champions League win at Dortmund.
8. AS Roma (no change)
Sunday's 3-0 win against Bologna was Roma's 11th in 13 league games since the start of 2017. That would be title-winning form in many other leagues. Given that they still have to face Juventus at home, maybe it still can be, despite the long odds?
9. Barcelona (-5)
Barcelona's rough week sees them make the sharpest plummet down the table. After losing 2-0 to Malaga with their minds arguably preoccupied with the Champions League test in midweek, they then crashed to a 3-0 defeat in Juventus that leaves them as a massive underdog to reach the semifinals. Then again, we remember what they did to Paris Saint-Germain ...
10. Borussia Dortmund (-1)
Dortmund dip slightly after a difficult week on and off the pitch. The 4-1 loss to Bayern on Saturday was of no real consequence, given their focus on securing a top-three finish, while Thomas Tuchel's side showed remarkable fortitude in Wednesday's rescheduled 3-2 defeat vs. Monaco not even 24 hours after the bus attack that put Marc Bartra in hospital. All things considered, it was a performance of real spirit that should be applauded.