Champions League - Euro Club Index: Chelsea slip after derby defeat

Tue, 01 Nov 10:57:00 2011

Chelsea's madcap defeat at home to Arsenal at the weekend sees them slip one place in our ranking of European clubs.

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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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Top 20

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

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