[EUROPE TOP 10] Real Madrid, Chelsea and Barcelona remained 1-2-3 in Soccer America's ranking of European teams of the 2010-11 season. Before each UEFA
Champions League matchday, Soccer America will update its Top 10 rankings based on domestic and European form.
1. REAL MADRID (last ranking: 1). The Merengues' high-priced team finally broke out with 19 goals in their last four La Liga games, all wins, and beat AC Milan, 2-0, to make it three Champions League wins in three games. They cling to their one-point lead over Barcelona in La Liga, and their only blemish was a 0-0 tie at Real Murcia in the Copa del Rey. Cristiano Ronaldo has 12 goals for Real Madrid in La Liga, five more than Barcelona's Lionel Messi. UEFA Champions League: Real Madrid meets AC Milan in a rematch at the San Siro on Wednesday.
2. CHELSEA (2). The Blues remain in first place in the English Premier League with a five-point lead over Arsenal and Manchester United. The big win in October was a 2-0 win over the Gunners. Chelsea won three EPL games and tied Aston Villa, 0-0. UEFA Champions League: Concerns about the artificial surface at Luzhniki Stadium were needless. Chelsea cruised to a 2-0 win over Spartak Moscow, which it meets again at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday.
3. BARCELONA (3). Barca won its last three games by a margin of 9-1 to remain on the heels of Real Madrid in La Liga. It took command of the lead on Group C of the Champions League with a 2-0 win over FC Copenhagen. UEFA Champions League: Barcelona, which travels to Copenhagen on Tuesday, has appealed the two-match ban imposed on goalkeeper Jose Manuel Pinto for whistling as FC Copenhagen striker Cesar Santin ran through on goal, causing him to stop dead in his tracks, thinking that the whistle had been blown for offside.
4. ARSENAL (5). The Gunners blasted Manchester City, 3-0, on the road and edged West Ham, 1-0, at home on Alex Song's late goal to move into a tie for second place with Manchester United. UEFA Champions League: Arsenal's 5-1 win over Shakhtar Donetsk at the Emirates Stadium gave the Gunners a Champions league-record 14 goals in their first three group games. Wednesday's rematch will be played in Ukraine.
5. MAN. UNITED (7). United isn't dominating but it's winning. It captured its last four games -- 1-0 over Bursaspor in the Champions League, 2-1 at Stoke City in the EPL, 3-2 over Wolves in the League Cup and 2-0 over Tottenham in the EPL. With Wayne Rooney still sidelined, Mexican Javier Hernandez and Portuguese Nani have been carrying the United attack. UEFA Champions League: Besides Rooney, Michael Owen, Ryan Giggs, Antonio Valencia and Owen Hargreaves are out with injuries, and Darron Gibson, Jonny Evans, Anderson and Federico Macheda did not travel to Turkey because they have been hit by a flu bug.
6. BORUSSIA DORTMUND (8). Dortmund moved into the lead in Germany's Bundesliga thanks to its 2-0 win in its top-of-the-standings clash at Mainz. Goals by Mario Gotze, Dortmund's 18-year-old attacking midfielder, and Paraguayan international Lucas Barrios give it 23 goals in 10 games. Europa League: Thursday at Paris St. Germain.
7. LAZIO (10). The Rome club's unbeaten streak in Serie A is now at eight games after its 1-0 win at Palermo, and its lead over Inter Milan is four points. "Against Lazio's luck, it is impossible to win," complained Palermo president Maurizio Zamparini after Lazio won on a goal by defender Andre Dias. "If Dias tried the same thing over and over again for the next 30 years he would not score."
8. INTER MILAN (-). Inter is still within striking distance of Lazio, just four points behind the Serie A leader, despite a rash of injuries. The latest to go down were goalkeeper Julio Cesar and midfielder Esteban Cambiasso, sidelined with thigh strains in Friday's 1-0 win at Genoa. UEFA Champions League: Like Barcelona and Lyon, Inter Milan can clinch a berth in the knockout phase with a win on Tuesday in its rematch with Tottenham in London.
9. VILLARREAL (9). The Yellow Submarine is third in La Liga, four points behind Real Madrid, after it earned a point on Sunday thanks to its 1-1 tie at Sporting Gijon on New Jersey-born Giuseppe Rossi's penalty kick in stoppage time. Europa League: Thursday at Greek club PAOK.
10. RANGERS (-). Rangers' 1-1 tie with Inverness was its first tie after nine wins in the Scottish Premier League. It's won both its Scottish League Cup games and it's unbeaten in the UEFA Champions League with a win over Bursaspor and ties with Manchester United and Valencia. UEFA Champions League: American Maurice Edu limped off with a calf injury at halftime of the Inverness game after scoring the Rangers' goal, but Manager Walter Smith is hopeful Edu he'll be ready for Tuesday's game against Valencia.