Power Rankings: The best teams in Europe - Week 26

  • Real Madrid beat Barcelona in El Clasico
  • Inter won the Serie A title
  • Leverkusen remained unbeaten
Inter are champions
Inter are champions /

We're now in the business end of the European football season, with the destinations of plenty of league titles being decided.

And while that's fun, the fact that most are being decided by local derbies has made it even funner.

- Arsenal thumped Chelsea 5-0 in a London derby in the Premier League.

- Inter secured the Scudetto by beating Derby della Madonnina rivals AC Milan.

- Real Madrid beat El Clasico rivals Barcelona 3-2 thanks to Jude Bellingham.

After all that, here's the ten best football teams in Europe right now - ranked by 90min:

10. AS Monaco (new entry)

An impressive unbeaten run / VALERY HACHE/GettyImages

AS Monaco haven't lost a game of football since February 18, despite playing Paris Saint-Germain, Rennes, LOSC Lille and Ligue 1 suprise package Brest since then.

That impressive run of form has seen them all-but secure second place in France.

Nice one.

9. Atalanta (re-entry)

Teun Koopmeiners
Through to the final / Image Photo Agency/GettyImages

Knocked Liverpool out of the Europa League? Check.
Through to the Coppa Italia final? Check.

All things considered, it's been a pretty damn good few weeks for Atalanta. The Bergamo club could very well end the season with a cup double - something that would've been completely obscene to even dream of before Gian Piero Gasperini took over.

8. Sporting CP (-)

Viktor Gyokeres
Banging them in / Carlos Rodrigues/GettyImages

Sporting CP's accumulation of 80 points in 30 Liga Portugal games is pretty extraordinary, and it is thanks in large part to the equally extraordinary form of Viktor Gyokeres in the final third.

The former Coventry City man has been deadly in front of goal during his maiden season in Lisbon, racking up 24 goals and 10 assists so far this season.

Sporting being seemingly unbeatable right now makes a lot of sense now, doesn't it?

7. Arsenal (re-entry)

Ben White, Bukayo Saka
Big wins for Arsenal / Alex Pantling/GettyImages

Arsenal have just followed up the worst week of the 2023/24 campaign with their best.

The Gunners bounced back from their UEFA Champions League exit remarkably well, beating tricky customers Wolves before thumping Chelsea 5-0 at the Emirates Stadium. In fact they were so good in the win over Chelsea that fans literally started salsa dancing in the stands.

6. Manchester City (-)

Kevin De Bruyne
Double is on / Catherine Ivill - AMA/GettyImages

Was it good that Man City made Chelsea look like a competent football team on Saturday?

Probably not, no.

However, despite that, Pep Guardiola's side did manage to book their place in a second consecutive FA Cup final, and that's all that really counts.

5. Bayern Munich (-)

Harry Kane
Hitting form / Luciano Lima/GettyImages

For all their flaws this season, Bayern Munich have quietly began to hit their stride in recent weeks.

Knocking out Arsenal in the Champions League was pretty game impressive, as was their 5-1 win over Union Berlin at the weekend.

Expect their upcoming two-legged clash with Real Madrid to be an all-timer.

4. Paris Saint-Germain (down 1)

PSG won again / DAMIEN MEYER/GettyImages

Much like Bayern, Paris Saint-Germain are also finding form at the business end of the 2023/24 season.

Powered by the best footballer in the world (Kylian Mbappe), PSG have actually won each of their last three games 4-1. That's pretty damn good if you ask us.

3. Bayer Leverkusen (down 2)

Xabi Alonso, Jonathan Tah
Narrow escape / Christof Koepsel/GettyImages

Goals in the 89th minute and 97th minute of games against West Ham United and Borussia Dortmund just about kept Bayer Leverkusen's unbeaten record in all competitions intact this past week.

They refuse to be beaten even when they're a bit hungover - you have to respect it.

2. Real Madrid (-)

Real Madrid v Barcelona - La Liga
Huge win / Anadolu/GettyImages

Despite looking absolutely knackered after a gruelling 120 minutes up against Manchester City, Real Madrid's superstars - Vinicius Junior and Jude Bellingham - were able inspire their side to a famous El Clasico win over Barcelona.

It was a win that has all-but secured the La Liga title for Los Blancos, with Carlo Ancelotti's side now sitting 11 points clear atop of the table.

1. Inter (up 8)

AC Milan v Inter Milan - Serie A
Champions / Anadolu/GettyImages

So what's better than all-but winning a league title with a win over your arch rivals?

Well actually winning a league title with a win over your arch rivals of course!

Inter did exactly that on Monday night, winning a fiery Derby della Madonnina to secure a well-deserved 20th Scudetto, and nice new star above their club crest.