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UEFA: new ranking released with surprises

Although the first five places remained intact, the Top 10 of the UEFA Champions League teams underwent four modifications.

UEFA Champions League symbol
UEFA Champions League symbol

UEFA updated the ranking of clubs whose score is governed by the teams' participation in the Champions League and Europa League. Although the first five positions were not modified, in the Top 10 there were four changes. 

Bayern Munich continues to lead the list, followed by Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea and Barcelona. However, PSG displaced Real Madrid from sixth position and made it fall to seventh, in the same way that Atlético de Madrid rose to eighth position defended by Juventus.

How is the Top Ten now?

#10: Manchester United | Last time: 10th

United's last-gasp win over Villarreal could well be the turning point in their season, but given the concerning nature of their performance at Old Trafford, it is hard to see to them as being among the Champions League favourites right now. 

Manchester United 2021

#9: Atletico Madrid | Last time: 9th

Another side who won in spite of their overall performance were Atletico, with the Spanish champions looking in danger of being blown away by AC Milan before Franck Kessie's first-half red card.

Atletico Madrid 2021

#8: Real Madrid | Last time: 6th

Perhaps the biggest upset in Champions League history, Madrid's defeat at the hands of Sheriff at Santiago Bernabeu will live on in infamy in the Spanish capital.

Real Madrid 2021

#7: Borussia Dortmund | Last time: 7th

With Erling Haaland watching on from the stands, all Dortmund needed to do against Sporting C.P, was win, and win they did thanks to Donyell Malen's first goal for the club.

Borussia Dortmund 2021

#6: Juventus | Last time: 8th

While there remain issues to iron out at Juventus, their 1-0 win over Chelsea was a statement from Massimiliano Allegri's side that their poor start to the season can now be put behind them.

Juventus 2021

#5: Chelsea | Last time: 2nd

Many expected the defending champions to claim all three points against Juventus, but Chelsea's performance posed further questions of whether Thomas Tuchel might need to alter his tactics to get the best out of the Blues this term.

Chelsea team 2021

#4: Liverpool | Last time: 5th

Very few people are talking up Liverpool as potential Champions League winners, and that is just how the six-time champions like it as they continue to make a strong start to the season.

Liverpool squad 2021

#3: Manchester City | Last time: 1st

Despite their defeat in Paris, Manchester City's performance was encouraging in how much of a goal threat they possessed at the Parc des Princes.

Manchester City team

#2: Paris Saint-Germain | Last time: 4th

Tuesday was the night when Lionel Messi officially arrived at Paris Saint-Germain, and what an introduction it was. Despite Mauricio Pochettino's much-talked about 'MNM' frontline failing to create too many opportunities against Man City, Messi showed that he only needs a half-chance to make the difference at even the highest of levels.

PSG 2021

#1: Bayern Munich | Last time: 3rd

Two games, six points, eight goals scored and none conceded - Bayern could hardly hoped for a better start to their Champions League campaign. With their most difficult game on paper, the trip to Camp Nou, having been completed with ease, expect the Bundesliga champions to fly through the remainder of the group stage.

Bayern Munich Team

Alexis Almosnino

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