Many would think Galatasaray, having just won the Süper Lig title, are officially the strongest team in Turkey right now. Their advancement to the Champions League Round of 16 this season backs up such claims.
However, an air of doubt has emerged around these claims after Gala failed to come away from fierce rivals Fenerbahce with any points in hand, suffering a 2-1 defeat and bringing an end to the club’s six-match winning run.
Zenit St. Petersburg
While their dream of an epic Russian Premier League revival looked hopeful for a period, Zenit St. Petersburg now seems very likely to surrender another domestic campaign to CSKA Moscow, after drawing away at Rostov this weekend.
The 1-1 result comes on the back of a 1-0 defeat at home to Anzhi Makhachkala in the cup during midweek, rounding off what’s been a pretty depressing seven-day period for Luciano Spalletti and his men.
Though their efforts were valiant, Atlético Madrid could only provide Barcelona with a small speed bump on their way to reclaiming the La Liga title this weekend, surrendering a 1-0 lead to eventually lose their home fixture 2-1.
While the result may be Atleti’s second loss in their last six games, both defeats have come against the only two sides above them in the Spanish top flight, bringing more of a humble sense to the record.
Unsurprisingly, it was Radamel Falcao who netted Los Rojiblancos's only goal of the fixture, providing the Colombian's with means to be hopeful heading into Friday’s Copa del Rey final against Real Madrid.
La Viola can be sorely upset at missing out on this week’s top 20, having bounced back well from the defeat suffered at Roma just over a week ago.
Since the 1-0 loss, the Florence outfit have won their last two outings, the latest of which was a slim 1-0 victory over Palermo.
With just one fixture left in their season, Fiorentina have to pray for an AC Milan loss in order to have any hope of Champions League football next term, after the Rossoneri drew against Roma this weekend and reduced the gap between fourth and third to just two points.