Monthly Power Rankings April 2013

11 (First) – 20 (Last): Manchester City, Shalke 04, Arsenal, Atletico Madrid, Chelsea, Benfica, Malaga, Napoli, Galatasaray, Liverpool

10 – Juventus

Juventus

Their display against Bayern was appalling, a complete let down in terms of effort and commitment.

9 – Tottenham Hotspur

Gareth Bale André Villa-Boas

Spurs are showing that one man can propel you to glory with Bale leading the North London team to a Champions’ League spot. Provided he doesn’t suffer a long-term injury, I think Andre Villas-Boas and company will deliver the third spot to those longing fans at White Hart Lane.

8 – Shakhtar Donetsk

shakhtar donetsk

This team is fantastic, if they were in a more desirable location in which to live, the players they would be able to attract would be phenomenal.

7 – PSG

psg

Carlo Ancelotti has started to discover the winning formula for this team of talented  misfits and everything is falling into place. A few too many away goals conceded to Barcelona but at least their domestic silverware is looking a certainty.

6 – Milan

AC Milan

Even though Juve will most likely win the Serie A title this year, Milan have successfully rebuilt their team into an elite unit which could, with a couple of key signings, start challenging once more on the biggest stage. There is no shame in losing to Barcelona at the Camp Nou, though this would have been a steep learning curve for the likes of Niang and De Sciglio.

5 – Borussia Dortmund

Dortmund

Dortmund are playing to a high level but their defensive frailties could leave them exposed to counter-attacks against elite opposition. Still, Lewandowski is playing as well as he has ever done giving the current Bundesliga champions some hope on the continent.

4 – Manchester United

Manchester United celebrate their opener against Sunderland

United were one of the in-form teams in Europe before a certain Turkish referee helped to banish them from the Champions’ League. Since then their season has derailed, leaving them only the Premier League to play for.

3 – Real Madrid

real-madrid-dejected-630

Although they were extremely lucky to get past Manchester United, the talent in this team is undeniable. I think they are the only team that can match Barca at their best.

2 – Barcelona

Lionel Messi

They are over-reliant on Messi but if you were going to be dependent on any player it might as well be the best player in the world. AC Milan stood no chance against the might of this gigantic football club.

1 – Bayern Munich

Bayern Munich

The destruction of Hamburg over the weekend just goes to show how incredibly deep Munich’s squad is, but is their first team good enough to lift the trophy they so desire in May?

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