Power Rankings: United close on Madrid
Manchester United’s Robin van Persie (2nd L) applauds the crowd after the Champions League match against Real Madrid.
A good week for Manchester United has seen gap between them and Real Madrid closed further in our European Power Rankings.
United’s impressive 1-1 draw against Cristiano Ronaldo et al in Madrid was the bedrock for a 28-point gain over the past seven days, made all the more significant given Real’s overall 26-point loss.
That means Sir Alex Ferguson’s side are just 326 points behind the Spanish giants and, with the possibility of a second treble still very much alive for the Premier League club, United could yet snatch second place in this season’s rankings of Europe’s elite.
Elsewhere, Benfica are the biggest winners this week, the Portuguese club gaining 50 points to jump two places into ninth. Chelsea were also big winners, with 42 points, but the Blues were still bumped down to 10th due to Benfica’s monster haul.
Arsenal, still to play their last 16 first leg Champions League match against Bayern Munich, lost 25 points but Arsene Wenger’s side remain in 15th while north London rivals Tottenham gained to the tune of 36 points, but like the Gunners stay where they are in 17.
The week’s biggest losers were Valencia, following their defeat to Paris St Germain at the Mestalla last week; the Liga side lost 46 points and fell two places to 14th.