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La Liga Power Rankings, Week 2: Barcelona and Real Madrid, Already a Race of Two

BARCELONA, SPAIN - AUGUST 29:  Alexis Sanchez of FC Barcelona celebrates after scoring his third team's goal during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Villarreal CF at Camp Nou on August 29, 2011 in Barcelona, Spain.  (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
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Luis HerreraAnalyst IAugust 30, 2011

The Spanish League is on. All teams already played, so we can take a look at the first power rankings of the regular season.

Remember, the power rankings are not a stat, rather they are a combination of recent performances, position in the table, perceived strengths and the opinion of yours truly.

So, yeah, you might not agree with the order in the list, but we can discuss that in the comments section below.

You can find La Liga power rankings here every Tuesday.

20. Zaragoza
Last week’s position: 16th
Result this week: Zaragoza 0-6 Real Madrid

Nobody expected Zaragoza to beat Real Madrid, but Coach Javier Aguirre must be very worried after the awful performance by his players.

19. Granada
Last week’s position: 20th
Result this week: Granada 0-1 Betis

We know they will struggle all season, but they fought hard in their debut; it was a shame they conceded the goal at the 87th minute.

18. Sporting
Last week’s position: 15th
Result this week: Sporting 1-2 Real Sociedad

Rivera must be a starter; Sporting improved a lot after he entered the pitch, although it wasn’t enough.

17. Racing
Last week’s position: 19th
Result this week: Valencia 4-3 Racing

The Santander side was close to get the biggest upset of the weekend, but their fragility was evident in the last minutes.

16. Getafe
Last week’s position: 12th
Result this week: Getafe 1-1 Levante

Yes, there were some absences, but Getafe can’t afford to lose points at home against teams like Levante.

15. Levante
Last week’s position: 17th
Result this week: Getafe 1-1 Levante

Nice performance at the Coliseum; these points away from home will be crucial for Levante to stay in the First Division.

14. Rayo
Last week’s position: 18th
Result this week: Athletic 1-1 Rayo

Fantastic debut by Rayo, stealing a point from their visit to San Mamés… and deserving it.

ZARAGOZA, SPAIN - AUGUST 28: Angel di Maria of Real Madrid takes on Franco Zuculini (R) of Real Zaragoza during the La Liga match between Real Zaragoza and Real Madrid at estadio La Romareda on August 28, 2011 in Zaragoza, Spain.  (Photo by Denis Doyle/Ge
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13. Espanyol
Last week’s position: Ninth
Result this week: Mallorca 1-0 Espanyol

Los Periquitos are desperate to sign a striker to cover Osvaldo’s departure; if they don’t get an adequate replacement they will struggle a lot this season.

12. Osasuna
Last week’s position: 13th
Result this week: Atletico 0-0 Osasuna

Getting a point from a visit to Atlético is a good result, but to be honest Osasuna didn’t do much else to praise them.

11. Betis
Last week’s position: 14th
Result this week: Granada 0-1 Betis

Starting the season with a victory is always good, but let’s wait to see Betis against more powerful competition.

10. Malaga
Last week’s position: Seventh
Result this week: Sevilla 2-1 Malaga

This team is still a work in progress; they’ll get better, but Coach Manuel Pellegrini needs time.

9. Villarreal
Last week’s position: Fourth
Result this week: Barcelona 5-0 Villarreal

Simply embarrassing; yes, Barcelona is clearly superior, but Villarreal was supposed to be one of the few sides that could compete with Pep Guardiola’s team.

8. Atlético
Last week’s position: Eighth
Result this week: Atlético 0-0 Osasuna

Los Colchoneros dominated Osasuna, but without Radamel Falcao on the field they had nobody to reflect their superiority in the score.

7. Mallorca
Last week’s position: 11th
Result this week: Mallorca 1-0 Espanyol

Jonathan De Guzman gave Mallorca three points in which could be his last game with the team.

6. Real Sociedad
Last week’s position: 10th
Result this week: Sporting 1-2 Real Sociedad

Considering Real Sociedad’s next games are against Barcelona and Sevilla, this victory is pure oxygen for the Basque side.

5. Athletic
Last week’s position: Third
Result this week: Athletic 1-1 Rayo

So far Athletic has disappointed in their two official matches at home, a 0-0 against Trabzonspor and now this draw.

4. Valencia
Last week’s position: Fifth
Result this week: Valencia 4-3 Racing

A victory is a victory, but Coach Unai Emery must be worried after being 1-3 in the second half against such a weak opponent.

3. Sevilla
Last week’s position: Sixth
Result this week: Sevilla 2-1 Malaga

Sevilla has the best presentation for any team not named Barcelona or Real Madrid.

2. Real Madrid
Last week’s position: Second
Result this week: Zaragoza 0-6 Real Madrid

Los Merengues are still one step behind Barcelona, but hey, at least Cristiano Ronaldo is on pace to get another Pichichi trophy.

1. Barcelona
Last week’s position: First
Result this week: Barcelona 5-0 Villarreal

Best team in the world. Period.

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