Champions League - Euro Club Index: Chelsea slip after derby defeat
HOW IT WORKS
This season we will use the Hypercube Infostrada Euro Club Index, which scientifically analyses hundreds of thousands of matches from the top divisions in all European nations as well as Europa League and Champions League games.
The Index takes into account all matches played over an eight-year period but with recent results carrying more weight than older ones. The most recent result has 20 times more impact than a result of three years ago.
The performance of a league's teams in the Champions League and Europa League reflects the rise or fall of the sporting level in that league. So, for example, if English teams perform well in Europe, all Premier League teams receive a small bonus in their ECI score. The ranking and its predictive power are thus made even more accurate.
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For the first time in goodness knows how many weeks, there is a change in the top five places of the Euro Club Index.
Chelsea's thrilling 5-3 home defeat to London rivals Arsenal on Saturday sees them drop one place to fifth. The Blues switch places with Portuguese league leaders Porto, who secured a third-straight domestic game at the weekend by beating Pacos de Ferreira 3-0.
With that the only movement in the upper echelons of our European club form guide, Chelsea remain one of five Premier League clubs in the top 10.
If you include Liverpool's rise up two places following their win at West Brom, then it's six in the top 13. The Reds should give partial credit to Internazionale, as the Nerazzurri's woes continued on Saturday when they lost the 'Derby d'Italia' at home to Juventus 2-1.
French sides Lyon and Lille also benefited from Inter's travails. Lyon's win at Saint-Etienne moved them up two places to 14th, while reigning Ligue 1 champions Lille only drop one after their goalless draw at Valenciennes.
The four teams in the top 20 from the Spanish league - Barcelona, Real Madrid, Valencia and Sevilla - all maintained their positions. Barca (first place), Real (second) and Los Che (11th) all won, while Sevilla stay in 20th despite being shocked with a 2-1 home defeat to Granada on Monday night.
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1 (1) Barcelona - 4256 points
2 (2) Real Madrid - 4066
3 (3) Manchester United - 3926
4 (5) Porto - 3513
5 (4) Chelsea - 3507
6 (6) Bayern Munich - 3487
7 (7) Manchester City - 3410
8 (8) Arsenal - 3360
9 (9) Benfica - 3252
10 (10) Tottenham Hotspur - 3236
11 (11) Valencia - 3221
12 (12) AC Milan - 3211
13 (15) Liverpool - 3156
14 (16) Lyon - 3119
15 (14) Lille - 3116
16 (13) Internazionale - 3100
17 (17) Shakhtar Donetsk - 3087
18 (19) Marseille - 3076
19 (18) Zenit St Petersburg - 3066
20 (20) Sevilla - 3028
Other British clubs in top 100
28 (27) Everton - 2898
45 (46) Aston Villa - 2717
55 (56) Newcastle United - 2643
57 (55) Stoke City - 2628
59 (61) Fulham - 2607
70 (75) Rangers - 2499
83 (80) Celtic - 2432
90 (91) Blackburn Rovers - 2397
94 (86) West Brom - 2379