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

Diego Simeone

Atletico Madrid’s coach Diego Simeone attends a press conference at the Georgios Karaiskakis stadium in the Piraeus port, near Athens on Monday, Sept. 15, 2014. Atletico Madrid will play against Olympiacos for the Group A Champions League soccer match on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)


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

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