UCL Power Rankings: Manchester United plummet after loss to PSG; Inter Milan on the rise, City in control

UCL Power Rankings: Manchester United plummet after loss to PSG; Inter Milan on the rise, City in control

UCL Power Rankings: Manchester United plummet after loss to PSG; Inter Milan on the rise, City in control.

Matchday 5 of the Champions League is official. After Bayern Munich, Manchester City, Chelsea, Sevilla, Barcelona and Juventus clinched their spots in the round of 16 last week, Liverpool, Dortmund and Porto officially joined them this week. Also, teams like Inter Milan and PSG won critical matches to keep their chances of advancing alive. 

So how do all the teams look after five games? Let’s rank them.

Onto the UCL Power Rankings after match day no. 5 of the group stage.

 1.Bayern MunichIn UCL Power Rankings Bayern Munich hold top position despite the draw at Wanda. If you can get a draw at Atletico while only playing a handful of regulars, that’s a good sign that you’ve got some serious depth. The champs are still the strongest side in the competition. 
2.Manchester CityEighteen shots and not a goal to show for it despite some really quality chances and an xG of 2.88. Still in full control to win the group. In UCL Power Rankings Manchester City in control.
3.PSG+5That was the dominant PSG I expected to see. That is the team that can win this competition. Creative, unselfish and in sync. 
4.BarcelonaDon’t look now, but Barca are scoring goals at a great rate and finding some confidence. But we have to remember, even they probably hadn’t heard of Ferencvaros before the cup. The Catalans have won consecutive five games in UCL in Barça’s history in the competition, UCL Power Rankings see Catalans at no. 4.
5.ChelseaOlivier Giroud scored four, and none of them was easy. A masterful performance from the French striker. Now keep starting him.
6.JuventusAn easy win over Dynamo Kyiv keeps them in contention to win the group. I’m still not convinced this team can win the competition though. That midfield needs work defensively. 
7.Borussia Dortmund-4Dropping four after a draw? How could I? That match showed that they are narrowly above average without ErlingHaaland. 
8.Inter Milan+18There is that attack we all expected to see. Now they still have to win against Shakhtar to get through, but the heads-to-head over Gladbach could be the key to moving on. 
9.Liverpool+1The Reds seem to have hit a rough patch in attack with just two goals scored in their last 274 minutes of play, but a win is a win. Don’t think they are a contender until the defence is healthy.
10.Shakhtar Donetsk+11They are only the third team to ever do the double over Real Madrid in the group stage, and in the process, they keep their hopes of advancing alive. What a clutch, deserved result.
11.Lazio+1A good point at Dortmund. Still undefeated and halfway into the next round. Expect them to get there. 
12.Borussia Monchengladbach-5Blew a big opportunity by failing to beat Inter Milan. Now the pressure is on against Real Madrid. They have to keep their cool. 
13.Porto+1You did as much in attack as Porto did in this one. A point that doesn’t really change anything.
14.RB Leipzig+4They won a crazy game late, and that now sets up a mouth-watering clash against Manchester United next week. They want revenge. 
15.Club Brugge+4Who would have thought they would enter Matchday 6 with a chance to advance. They’ve shown heart, and they believed when barely anybody else did. 
16.Atletico MadridDon’t get the praise of snapping Bayern’s winning streak with a draw. That was a bad result for Los Colchoneros against a weakened Bayern side. Now they have to get a result in Salzburg. 


17.Sevilla-4Yikes. The defensive positioning was exposed, but and they just had an off day in the attack. A night to forget. 
18.Manchester United-9Taken to the cleaners by a team in PSG that looks far superior. Didn’t think United would make the round of 16, and I still think that. They are in trouble. 
19.Real Madrid-8So, so poor from Real, who are just as wasteful as can be in the final third when it matters most. They could be on the brink of failing to advance from the group stage for the first time. 
20.Ajax-5Face a must-win match against Atalanta to advance. They had their chances against Liverpool and deserved more. The Dutch side in UCL Power Rankings saw a -5 down in their position ahead of MD6 of the UEFA Champions League.
21.Atalanta-4A really bad result against Midtjylland, but at least Ajax didn’t get anything from Liverpool. A draw will be enough next week to move on once again. 
22.RB Salzburg+3In Jesse Marsch they trust. A win over Atleti will see them through. It’s marvellous how he’s taken a club not many knew much about and made statements on the continental stage. 
23.Istanbul Basaksehir-3Tough one. Showed a serious heart against RB Leipzig and deserved a point. It was a fun ride. 
24.Lokomotiv Moscow-2Their chances of advancing probably went out the window with that loss to Salzburg. Winless through five games so far and not even deserving of being in consideration for a Europa League spot.
25.Olympiacos-2A tough loss to Marseille when they could have wrapped up a Europa League spot. Now against Porto on Matchday 6, they will look to stop a four-game skid in which they’ve scored just one goal.
26.Krasnodar+1A win that gets them into the Europa League. It wasn’t pretty, but it was enough. Credit to them.
27. Rennes-3This was the team people were so excited to see in the group stage. Their talent was going to show out, right? Still waiting. 
28.Marseille+1Nice of them to finally show up, even if they needed two penalty kick to do it. Back into contention for a Europa League spot, but they are likely to fall short against Manchester City. In UCL Power Rankings ahead of MD6 Marseille improve from the previous holding.
29.Zenit -1Shocked by how bad they have been. They should have been a lock for at least third. How do you say “woof” in Russian?
30.Midtjylland+1Imagine drawing Atalanta being your club’s greatest result on the European stage. 
31.Ferencvaros-1No shame in losing to Barcelona like that. Now they face Dynamo Kyiv for a spot in the Europa League.
32.Dynamo Kiev-1Just really bad in the attack. Lacking quality, creativity and execution. Somehow they can still make Europa. Big game next week.