Chelsea tops AP poll after winning Euro title

May 21, 2013 - 8:36 AM
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Chelsea's Fernando Torres celebrates winning in the dressing room with the trophy after a UEFA Europa League Final match between FC Benfica and Chelsea at the Amsterdam Arena on 15th May 2013 in Amsterdam, Holland. (Darren Walsh/Chelsea via AP Images) THIS CONTENT IS PART OF A PREMIUM CONTRIBUTOR COLLECTION AND CARRIES MINIMUM USAGE FEES, CONTACT YOUR LOCAL SALES REPRESENTATIVE FOR PRICING.

MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Chelsea surged to the top of the weekly Associated Press global soccer poll after winning the Europa League and qualifying for the Champions League for the 11th straight season.

There also was a Chelsea player at the top of the player rankings, with Fernando Torres sharing first place with Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribery. The Spain striker belatedly regained his goal-scoring form to impress the 14 voters on the panel.

Chelsea edged Bayern into second place — but the German side could be back on top next week if it wins the Champions League final against Borussia Dortmund on Saturday.