Top 10 Team Power Rankings (Week 29/12/17)
With fewer games of football being played over the past week due to many leagues taking breaks over the Christmas period, teams to rank were scarce. However, from the games that were completed - especially in a jam-packed schedule in England, the WFC World Power Rankings did shuffle around from the previous instalment.
So here is how it looks after the past week,
The top 3 stay as is for a second week in a row as all teams won to continue their dominance in their respective leagues. Despite Manchester City beating lower quality teams recently, including a 1-0 victory over Newcastle, they remain on top above Barcelona in the rankings due to the sheer dominance they express in all facets of every game they play. That being said, Barcelona were also extremely dominant against biggest rival Real Madrid, racking up a 3-0 away win to go 14 points ahead of Real Madrid and 9 points above Atletico Madrid, to seemingly have La Liga wrapped up before the turn of the year.
Juventus and Bayern swap positions due to the Italian club having a dominant spell that has seen them rise up the Serie A table to 2nd, with a win over title contention rivals AS Roma and sit 1 point behind Napoli, after being written off earlier in the season.
As for the rest of the Power Ranking list, 3 English clubs (Chelsea, Tottenham, Liverpool) rise or enter the top 10 after convincing league victories, where goals flowed (12 between the 3 clubs). Something all managers and fans like to see. To add to this, with the multitude of games upcoming in the English top flight, expect these teams to push on.
Real Madrid drop down the rankings from 8th to 10th after their loss to Barcelona. They don't drop out completely from the top 10, as they put in a very strong display in the Clasico, where at times they outplayed, out possessed and camped inside the Barcelona half, with it appearing that they were the team that would come out victors.
FC Porto remain in the top 10 as they attempt to rekindle and rebuild their winning streak, after recent back-to-back draws, beating 5th placed Maritimo 3-1, controlling 74% of possession and having 21 shots. They remain top of the Primeira Liga with no losses and only 6 goals conceded. Despite this they still see a 2 place drop in the Power rankings as their match dominance hasn't been as great as that of the other clubs above them.
By Luke Scali - Twitter @WFC_LS_Potzi