17 Jul, 11:30
They may not have won the Champions League in the last two finals they featured in, losing to Real Madrid in both instances, but Diego Simeone’s men come up ahead of Bayern Munich and ‘mighty’ Barcelona in the UEFA rankings.
The latest official list published ahead of the 2017-18 season sees Atletico with a coefficient of 133.799, putting them ahead of third-placed Barca (128.7990), fourth-placed Bayern (122.656) and fifth-placed Juventus (119.049). Real Madrid, who beat Atletico in the 2014 and 2016 Champions League finals, as well as retaining the trophy by defeating Juve 4-1 in the 2017 decider, top the table with a coefficient of 151.799. When Diego Simeone took charge of Atletico during the 2011-12 campaign, the club were down in 23rd place in the rankings - between CSKA Moscow and Marseille - but they have climbed steadily each year since due to their success in that season's Europa League, followed by consistently reaching the latter stages of the Champions League each year since.
The highest ranked Premier League club in the latest UEFA standings is Manchester City, who sit ninth [94.363], ahead of Arsenal (11th - 84.363), Chelsea (13th - 80.363), Manchester United (16th - 78.363), Tottenham (22nd - 62.363) and Liverpool (35th - 44.363).