SoccerSouls European Power Rankings
Terms and Criteria
The SoccerSouls power Rankings are a weekly compilation of the 20 best teams in Europe, ranked on the basis of form and performances over the week alone.
Teams from all of the major European leagues will be included. The rankings will be updated every week. The first set of rankings are based exclusively on the results from the last gameweek.
Historical achievements and the prestige of the players in the club play no part whatsoever in the criteria for the selection of teams. The positional changes that are made will be based on current form, the value of the results, progress in competitions and any other footballing achievements.
These rankings are set as per the opinion of the writer and do not hold any official value. Do feel free to comment regarding any disputes about your team’s position or if you think a team doesn’t deserve the place that they’ve been allotted.
Based on the fixtures, these rankings will be updated every weekend so be sure to check back.
UEFA Champions League
Europe’s premier club competition is now down to its final four competitors and is slowly drawing to a close.
Tottenham were the surprise package of last week, as they triumphed over Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City and set up a semifinal tie against Ajax. The other fixture in this tournament will see Liverpool face off against Barcelona.
UEFA Europa League
The tournament is down to its final four and the 2 English clubs in Chelsea and Arsenal are in pole position to win it. The Gunners will face La Liga side Valencia, while Chelsea will have to deal with Luka Jovic’s Eintracht Frankfurt side.
The Premier League’s biggest games saw Manchester City go past their two biggest roadblocks for the remainder of the season – Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United.
While Tottenham did bounce back, United and Arsenal both faced back-to-back defeats in the week. Liverpool comfortably won their fixtures, while Chelsea stumbled and dropped points at Turf Moor.
The Spanish League is looking at the possibility of Barcelona running away with the title once again, as they are already 9 points clear at the top of the table, with Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid currently occupying the 2nd place.
Both of them were deserved winners this week, with Real Madrid not having a midweek game to deal with.
The surprise result of the Italian weekend came in the from Napoli, who were handed a lesson by Atalanta. Milan played Parma, while Inter faced off against AS Roma. Both matches ended in 1-1 draws. Juventus went on to win their 8th consecutive Seria A title.
The Bundesliga season has entered its final leg and as this memorable season draws to a close, Bayern Munich will be looking to make their presence felt in the final stages of the season.
They were 1-0 winners over Werder Bremen, while Borussia Dortmund dispatched Freiburg 4-0. RB Leipzig beat Borussia Monchengladbach 2-1, as the latter try to enter the Champions League spots.
Paris Saint Germain battered Monaco with a 3-1 scoreline to extend their lead at the top of the Ligue 1. Lyon and Marseille had regular wins on the week, while Toulouse and Lille played out a sticky 0-0 draw.
Other European Leagues
Ajax dispatched Vittese Arnhem by a 4-2 scoreline to extend their lead at the top of the Eredivisie table to 3 points until PSV face off against Willem.
The battle at the top of the Liga NOS is getting heated up as Porto and Benfica are separated just by goal difference. In Scotland, league leaders Celtic played out a hard-fought 0-0 draw against Hibernian.
Here are the club rankings after the April 6-8th set of fixtures:
20. Lyon (Stay!)
19. Manchester United (-5)
18. Napoli (-5)
17. Eintracht Frankfurt (+2)
16. Paris Saint Germain (+2)
15. Chelsea (+2)
14. Porto (Stay!)
13. Real Madrid (+2)
12. Juventus (+4)
11. Lille (-1)
10. Arsenal (-5)
The English side had a week to forget, as they backed up their impressive away win in Naples with a couple of embarrassing defeats at the hands of Premier League sides Crystal Palace and Wolves, who have put their European prospects for next season under massive risk.
9. Ajax (-1)
The Dutch side had an amazing midweek, as they were able to triumph over Cristiano Ronaldo’s Juventus in the Champions League. They came back and won their league game on the weekend and opened up a 3-point gap between themselves and PSV on the table.
8. Benfica (+1)
The Portuguese giants have been in sensational form since the start of the campaign and it doesn’t look like the Liga NOS title race is going to be decided until the final day of the season. Level on points at the top with Porto, Benfica destroyed Maritimo 6-0 to send a strong message.
7. Atletico Madrid (Stay!)
Atletico Madrid are currently 9 points off the top of the La Liga table and catching up to Barcelona in the few games that remain seems like an impossible task. Despite this, they were able to dispatch Valencia by a 3-2 scoreline.
6. Tottenham Hotspur (-2)
Mauricio Pochettino’s men surpassed the test put forth by Manchester City in the Champions League before losing out to the same City side in the league a few days later. They are currently at 3rd place in the league.
5. Borussia Dortmund (+1)
The German club are still hot on the rails of Bayern Munich and will be hopeful of beating them to the title. With just a single point separating the two sides at the top of the Bundesliga table, the next few fixtures are must-win games for both clubs.
4. Manchester City (+7)
Guardiola’s men were knocked out of the Champions League by Tottenham in the last round but they bounced back from this letdown by beating Tottenham and Manchester United within the space of a few days in the Premier League. With Liverpool hot on their tails, they have done well to maintain the lead.
3. Bayern Munich (Stay!)
The German giants faced off against Werder Bremen in the DFB cup on the weekend and secured their place in the final of the competition.
Still battling it out with Dortmund at the top of the table, Munich will be hoping to close the season off at the earliest.
2. Barcelona (Stay!)
Barcelona overcame the threat posed by Manchester United in the Champions League and progressed to the semi-final.
In La Liga, they have been running away with the title for quite a while now and despite the best efforts of Diego Simeone’s Atletico side, it doesn’t look like things are going to change anytime soon.
1. Liverpool (Stay!)
Liverpool were able to dispatch Porto over two legs to set up a semifinal date against Barcelona in the Champions League.
They were comfortable winners in the league too, as they passed the test put forth by Cardiff City on the weekend, keeping them in the #1 spot for yet another week.