Ligue 1 - Euro Club Index: No change for French elite

Tue, 07 Feb 11:15:00 2012

Ligue 1's biggest clubs retained their respective places in the Euro Club Index.

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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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There was no change for France's leading clubs, with Marseille (12th), Lyon (19th) and Lille (20th) all staying in their previous spot.

In Germany, Dortmund's 2-0 win over Nuremberg on Friday night saw them rise two places to 16th, though Bayern Munich still occupy fourth place.

Elsewhere, Bayer Leverkusen replaced Schalke in 22nd place after a 2-2 home draw with Stuttgart.

Milan's 0-0 home draw with Napoli saw them slump four places to 13th and lose a massive 45 points for the week.

Massimiliano Allegri's side are still Serie A's leading club though as city rivals Inter, defeated 4-0 by Roma, lost 46 points to drop to 17th place.

With Barcelona and Real Madrid remaining in first and second place yet again, La Liga's best movers were Valencia who reached ninth place, skipping over Milan, following a 0-0 draw away at Atletico Madrid.

Barcelona have now occupied top spot since December 2009, while Madrid have been second since December 2010.

Tottenham have never sat above Arsenal in the Euro Club Index but an excellent season in the Premier League, combined with their rivals' slump, has seen them edge ever closer and they are now one place below Arsene Wenger's side in 11th.

A 0-0 draw at Anfield saw them rise two places above AC Milan and Marseille, while Arsenal's 7-1 hammering of Blackburn Rovers only saw them move up one place, above Milan, who they play in the Champions League next week.

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Top 20

1 (1) Barcelona - 4316 points

2 (2) Real Madrid - 4228

3 (3) Manchester United - 3797

4 (4) Bayern Munich - 3420

5 (6) Porto - 3409

6 (5) Manchester City – 3399

7 (7) Chelsea - 3378

8 (8) Benfica - 3289

9 (10) Valencia - 3218

10 (11) Arsenal - 3199

11 (13) Tottenham Hotspur - 3196

12 (12) Marseille – 3183

13 (9) AC Milan - 3170

14 (15) Liverpool - 3138

15 (16) Zenit St Petersburg - 3093

16 (18) Borussia Dortmund - 3089

17 (14) Inter - 3084

18 (17) Shakhtar Donetsk - 3070

19 (19) Lyon - 3063

20 (20) Lille - 3055

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