La Liga - Euro Club Index: Dominant Barca

Tue, 14 Dec 16:19:00 2010

Barcelona cemented their top spot in the Euro Club Index after their 5-0 thrashing of Real Sociedad at the weekend.

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HOW IT WORKS

This season we are using 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.

UPDATE

The Euro Club Index ranking system has been slightly revised. The performance of a league's teams in 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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Spanish duo Real Madrid and Barcelona retain the top two places after good wins at the weekend, although Manchester United’s win over Arsenal on Monday will not be registered until next week - a win at Chelsea should see them leapfrog Madrid.

The big losers are, unsurprisingly, Internazionale, who will fall further as they miss out the chance to close a 13-point gap on Serie A leaders Milan due to their participation in the Club World Cup.

There’s also a nice rise for Marseille, who beat Chelsea but drew in Ligue 1 at Auxerre. The Champions League win over the Blues shunts them up three places.

The top 20 is unchanged, with Manchester City and Liverpool yo-yoing around Tottenham in the mid teens as their form dictates.

Stoke’s defeat against Blackpool sees them drop out of the top 100, with West Brom hovering about and set to break in by the New Year.

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Rankings (previous week's ranking in brackets)

Top 20

1 (1) Barcelona - 4106 points

2 (2) Real Madrid - 3877

3 (3) Manchester United - 3816

4 (4) Chelsea - 3633

5 (6) Porto - 3409

6 (7) Arsenal - 3389

7 (5) Internazionale - 3371

8 (8) Bayern Munich - 3332

9 (12) Marseille - 3181

10 (10) Milan - 3175

11 (10) Lyon - 3166

12 (13) Shakhtar Donetsk - 3163

13 (15) Valencia - 3139

14 (13) Roma - 3132

15 (16) Tottenham Hotspur - 3113

16 (14) Liverpool - 3102

17 (20) Manchester City - 3053

18 (19) Borussia Dortmund - 3046

19 (17) Zenit St Petersburg - 3041

20 (18) CSKA Moscow - 3030

Other British clubs in top 100

30 (29) Everton - 2861

41 (41) Aston Villa - 2736

63 (60) Blackburn Rovers - 2584

65 (63) Fulham - 2567

66 (64) Rangers - 2566

76 (83) Bolton Wanderers - 2473

78 (78) Celtic - 2470

91 (84) Stoke City - 2380

85 (90) Newcastle United - 2430

90 (94) Sunderland - 2392

Infostrada / Eurosport

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