UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE TEAM RANKINGS: MATCH DAY TWO.

The Champions League is always a thrilling spectacle to watch. The 2015/16 season is underway. The final will take place at the San Siro stadium in Milan, Italy. Twenty-two teams had automatic group stage qualification with another 56 teams involved in pre-qualification for ten more places. Match day one and two have passed with diverse results, surprises and upsets for all 32 teams involved. The power rankings have therefore adjusted to reflect team performances in round two as follows:

 

  1. Bayer Munich retained the top position. In-form striker Robert Lewandowski’s superb hat-trick stood out in the 5-0 demolition of Dinamo Zagreb. The Bavarians now have maximum points in two games.
  2. Real Madrid moved up one spot to second after an impressive 2-0 over Malmo Fc. Rafa Benitez’s side has done well without services of star players like Gareth Bale and James Rodriguez. The presence of Cristiano Ronaldo among their ranks continues to inspire confidence.
  3. Barcelona struggled to overcome Bayer Leverkusen. The team could not cope without the services of Lionel Messi and Iniesta, who limped off the pitch. Nevertheless, late goals from Sergi Roberto and Luis Suarez gave them hope, and they can now look forward to coming rounds.
  4. Paris St. Germain looked sharp away at Shakhtar Donetsk. The quality of European passing master Marco Verratti, Di Maria, and Blaise Matuidi saw the French Champions manage a comfortable 3-0 away win.
  5. Juventus continued an impressive run of form on the European stage. Last year’s finalists decimated Europa League title holders Sevilla 3-0 at home to maintain a 100% record in this season.
  6. Atletico Madrid could not reciprocate past Champions league appearances in their group match against Benfica. The Los Blancos were beaten 2-0 at home by Benfica.
  7. Manchester City has yet to dominate the Champions League with the same ease of domestic campaigns. On this night in Germany, they had a poor match but the heroics of Joe Hart and Sergio Aguero was enough for a 2-1 away win.
  8. Not much to say about a misfiring Chelsea side that struggled to lose away to Fc Porto. The international break will serve them well in preparation for match day three.
  9. Manchester United turned around their fortunes with an impressive display against VFL Wolfsburg. The Red Devils showed great quality and character.
  10. Bayer Leverkusen pushed Barcelona to the limit at Camp Nou. Despite a painful last minute loss, they managed to rank among the ten best in the competition.
  11. Zenith St. Petersburg has been impressive so far in the competition and looks set to go through the next round.
  12. Fc Porto humiliated Chelsea and stands a chance to qualify in the next two rounds.
  13. Benfica, another Portuguese team with an excellent result in Europe.
  14. Sevilla. The Spaniards failed to contain Juventus after a positive start to the campaign and will be looking forward to the next fixtures against Manchester City.
  15. Valencia has had quiet performances. A win in France is a confidence boost and look capable of qualifying.
  16. AS Roma has injuries to major players to blame for poor performances in Europe. A significant drop seven places down the list.
  17. This position goes to Arsene Wenger’s unconvincing side that have lost both matches in the group so far. A combination of poor defending and team selection leaves them last in the group. An upcoming double header against the top team on this list may seal Arsenal’s fate.
  18. VFL Wolfsburg lies in a tight group. Having played well but lost to Manchester United, the resurgent side will now have to regroup to win remaining games.
  19. Dynamo Kyiv has fared well in the competition and will be hoping to upset Chelsea for a qualification spot.
  20. PSV Eindhoven lost the second group game after a bright start. Luckily, all teams in the group are equal on points, therefore, can still qualify.
  21. CSKA Moscow did well to redeem themselves away in Netherlands with a 3-0 win over PSV.
  22. Lyon lacks creativity and a killer drive to finish off games and have been very disappointing this season.
  23. Olympiacos have earned this spot after a surprise of Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium. The Greek side now stands in a very comfortable qualifying position.
  24. Galatasaray has been unconvincing and is likely to end up in the Europa League.
  25. Dinamo Zagreb was helpless against a ruthless Bayern Munich side. The Ukrainian side stands a chance of going through if they can cause more upsets.
  26. BATE have done very well so far in the competition, but a double-header against Barcelona will be a difficult test.
  27. Borussia Monchengladbach is the whooping boys in the group of death. The Germans recently parted ways with Manager Lucien Favre and had lost all two opening games.
  28. Shakhtar Donetsk lies in the same group as Real Madrid and PSG. The Europa League could be the most likely consolation if they can beat Malmo for third place.
  29. Gent did well to get to the group stage but lack the quality to progress further.
  30. Astana is primarily considered outsiders of European elite football by all standards. The competition will provide extra revenue and experience for the team.
  31. Swedish side Malmo will fight for the Europa League consolation prize since there’s too much quality to outplay.
  32. Maccabi Tel Aviv is the lowest ranked team of all in this round of the Champions League.

 

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