AP Global 10 poll hails Atletico as Champions League group stage opens


Atletico Madrid’s roaring start in defense of the La Liga title has earned Diego Simeone’s bunch the title of No. 1 team in the Associated Press’ Global Football 10 poll.

The poll is voted on by journalists across the globe and seems to measure both a collective media “power rankings” as well as what’s “hot right now” in the global game.

Atletico beat Real Madrid 2-1 on the road this weekend and is in Greece today to face Olympiacos in the group stage opener of their UEFA Champions League campaign.

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Chelsea drops to No. 2 in the rankings, while Manchester United’s buzzy 4-0 win over Queens Park Rangers has them an incredulous No. 5 (I can’t explain it either, though admittedly the win was Louis van Gaal’s first match nearing his full complement of signings).

Here are the rankings:

1. Atletico Madrid
2. Chelsea
3. Inter Milan
4. Barcelona
5. Manchester United
6. Aston Villa
7. AC Milan
8. Bayern Munich
9. Juventus
10. Borussia Monchengladbach