Well it's about time I get back to rankings. I'll keep the explanations short and sweet.
1) Manchester United
Arguably the best team in the world at the moment. First in the Premiership and a foot in the Champs League semi-final. Injuries bring back memories of last year, but this team is stronger in terms of depth, especially with Pique developing very well.
The resiliency of this club is amazing. Credit the Normal One; he deserves his due. If they had been consistent all season, they could have had themselves a hand on the Premiership.
3) Real Madrid
More or less, it is Real's consistency domestically which puts them up at this spot. They should win La Liga. I'm disappointed with their early exit in Champs League though. Roma has a good first team, but Los Merengues are simply better than Roma.
They'll lose today to United, but credit them for keeping Serie A close. If they had better depth and Totti healthy, I'd give them a good shot to win their league.
5) Inter Milan
A slip of form (and a points lead) in league and an early exit in Champs League is not good for a club that had such high expectations in the beginning of the season. Losing to an upstart Lavezzi-led Napoli and Juventus isn't terrible. Poor timing is. Too much quality to falter now.
They're playing better football, are in Champs League's final four, and have a good cushion on fourth. Okay, a dubious penalty away from a trophyless season, they are at the least playing better football and are on good form.
7) Bayern Munich
Utter domination in league should be and is a given. Their European form in my opinion is disastrous, but they are winning, and that's what counts.
They are far exceeding expectations (at least the media's). Champs League first year in Serie A is quite a feat for the disgraced team. Hopefully Secco will not screw the team up by swapping the team's young talent. Juventus has some of the best talent in the world in their system. They could use Amauri, but they shouldn't acquire him for talents such as Legrottaglie, De Ceglie, Marchisio, and Giovinco (and 15M euros).
We expect more from them, but realistically, they seem to have done well enough with their injuries. Once they get their squad back, I see them putting a challenge in league. They will lose to United, but good to get to the semifinals.
The usual in league. Can't blame them for their Champs League effort, but it would be nice to have more than a four point cushion with the squad they have. Unfortunately, it seems like Lyon's best days are behind them (although they have more good young players coming up it seems).
They have a chance for a quadtreble/quadruple (whatever you want to call it). Obviously, it's not the legit quadruple (UEFA Cup), but Rangers are headed for many trophies.
Slipping. It's disappointing, considering they play great football, but they lack squad depth and have a horrible defense, and it has come back to bite them.
They are doing well in Serie A and in the UEFA Cup. The team has a good future with Mutu and Pazzini leading the way.
The usual in league (actually, more like utter domination). How about surprise package Guimaraes though? Quite impressed with them.
They are building a squad that can compete with the big boys and are doing very well in league. A few pieces here and there and this team is a legitimate contender.
World (European) Football Power Rankings
Posted on: April 9, 2008 2:31 pm
Edited on: April 14, 2008 4:49 pm