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Real Madrid Tops Our Power Rankings this Month. Jese Rodriguez / Getty Images Sport

With November now behind us and the winter transfer window quickly approaching, European soccer teams are solidifying their place amongst the ranks of the world’s best clubs. We believe after winning 17 consecutive games, Real Madrid is by far the class of Europe at the moment. However, the list of Europe’s elite becomes a lot more convoluted after that. Here is who we think are the top 10 clubs:

1. Real Madrid

Can anybody beat Los Blancos right now? After sweeping through the Champions League, they now have won a club record 17 consecutive matches. This week they followed up a 2-1 victory over Malaga with a 5-0 domination over UD Cornella. James Rodriguez led the way in that game and is coming into his own at the Spanish capital. They are not at the top of the La Liga standings, but our power rankings as well.

2. Chelsea

Jose Mourinho has led his team magnificently this season. It hasn’t always been easy, but Cheslea responds well to adversity. After a 0-0 draw against Sunderland, they responded with a 3-0 victory over Tottenham. The Blues are absolutely brilliant at Stamford Bridge this season and might be on a collision course with Real Madrid in the Champions League. The return of Didier Drogba has taken this club to another level and we don’t think anyone in the English Premier League will be able to catch them the rest of the way. If the rumors that Lionel Messi might move to London to adorn the blue next season are true, we might see this club atop our rankings for a long time to come.

3. Barcelona

If not for a tough loss to their rival Real Madrid in El Clasico, it could be Barcelona atop our power rankings. Lionel Messi was brilliant in the month of November and his partner in crime, Neymar ,was just as lethal. After a 4-0 win over Huesca in the Copa del Rey, Barca followed up with a 1-0 victory over Valencia. Luis Suarez made his debut five weeks ago and still needs to get acclimated with his new club. Once he is, we expect Luis Enrique’s team to be in contention with Real Madrid for the rest of the season.

4. Bayern Munich

Because they don’t play in the English Premier League or La Liga, these German giants slip through the cracks each and every week unnoticed amongst Europe’s elite. In actuality, they may be atop our power rankings at the end of the season and could arguably be the best team in the Champions League as well. They easily beat Hertha Berlin 1-0 last Saturday and Arjen Robben was phenomenal in November. Bayern is efficient with the ball and could be the last club standing when the dust settles.

5. Atlético Madrid

Diego Simone is our pick to win manager of the year as he consistently has his underrated club ready to play in every game. After beating Real Madrid earlier in the season, Los Blancos ran off 17 straight wins so it will be interesting to see what happens when these two city rivals collide again. Over the weekend, Atleti defeated Deportivo La Coruna 2-0 and then followed that up with a dominant 3-0 Copa win over L’Hospitalet. It seems difficult that the Atleti will be able to recapture the La Liga title again this year with Barcelona and Real Madrid ahead of them, but Simeone has his club in third position and within striking distance of the top spot.

Atletico Madrid
Atletico Madrid's Mario Mandzukic celebrates with team-mates after scoring his third goal against Olympiakos during their Champions League Group A soccer match at the Vicente Calderon stadium in Madrid, November 26, 2014. REUTERS/Juan Medina

6. Juventus

Juventus is quickly rising in our power rankings and after their come from behind 2-1 derby victory over Torino last week, we thought about ranking them even higher than six. Bruno Peres has been great for the club known as the “Old Lady” of the Italian League and Andrea Pirlo has proven he’s still got a lot of soccer left in him. Their new coach, Massimiliano Allegri has exceeded expectations and we think Juventus could win the Serie A and make a run in the Champions League as well.

7. Paris Saint-Germain

You might be surprised to see this club so high on our list, but we haven’t given up on the French side just yet. Laurent Blanc’s team didn’t blow us away last week by scraping by Nice 1-0 and then following that up with a 1-1 draw to Lille. Before that, PSG had knocked off nine consecutive wins and were looking like the top team in Ligue 1. However, with the draw and the news that superstar, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, is injured, PSG has dropped to second in the French League and only seventh on our list.

8. Manchester City

City has been inconsistent this season and despite their recent success at the end of November, they will still need to do a lot more to retain their EPL title this year. City started last week with a 4-1 victory over Sunderland and finished it off with a 3-0 clean sheet over Southampton with only 10 men! Sergio Aguero has been remarkable and if City can keep it up they will surely rise in our rankings and to the top of the EPL as well.

9. Roma

Italian Serie A club Roma makes our list for the first time this season after an impressive November. After an impressive 4-2 victory over Internazionale last week, Roma could leap frog Juventus in Serie A and Rudi Garcia’s team appears primed to pull the upset should Juve lose this month.

10. Arsenal FC

Arsenal has been clutch all season long, scoring a majority of their goals in the final thirty minutes of the game. Alexis Sanchez was the latest to pull off the clutch performance with a goal in the 89th minute against Southampton last week. Arsene Wenger’s club has been inconsistent this year, and currently stands 13 points behind Chelsea but there’s still time for the Gunners to turn it around.

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