Champions League - Euro Club Index: Chelsea put squeeze on Bayern

Tue, 22 May 10:03:00 2012

Chelsea are on the verge of overtaking Bayern Munich in the Euro Club Index after beating them in the Champions League final.

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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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Chelsea may have beaten Bayern Munich in Saturday's Champions League final, but victory at the Allianz Arena was not enough to see the Londoners move above their vanquished German opponents in the Euro Club Index.

The win in a penalty shootout was only worth nine points to sixth-placed Chelsea, just as it only knocked nine off fifth-placed Bayern's total, leaving a gap of 67 points remaining. If Chelsea get next season off to a good start and Bayern do not, then that order will change.

With very few other matches happening in Europe over the past week, changes elsewhere in the rankings are few and far between. Serie A champions Juventus drop three places after they lost the Coppa Italia final to Napoli to end their bid for an unbeaten season. Things are so close in the lower reaches of the top 20 that the solitary defeat drops the Bianconeri to 17th, while Napoli move up to 32nd.

In France, Lille may have lost their Ligue 1 title but they signed off in style with a 4-1 win over Nancy which included a hat-trick from Eden Hazard. The win preserves their status as France's only top-20 side, although newly-crowned champions Montpellier end the campaign in 35th place and runners-up Paris St Germain 21st.

There is one major match left in Spain this season, Friday's Copa del Rey final between Barcelona and Athletic Bilbao. If Barca win, they could move above bitter rivals Real Madrid at the top of the ranking just two weeks after losing their long-held number one spot.

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Top 20

1 (1) Real Madrid – 4371 points

2 (2) Barcelona – 4352

3 (3) Manchester United - 3703

4 (4) Manchester City – 3512

5 (5) Bayern Munich - 3479

6 (6) Chelsea - 3412

7 (7) Porto - 3382

8 (8) Borussia Dortmund - 3313

9 (9) Arsenal - 3262

10 (10) AC Milan - 3204

11 (11) Atletico Madrid – 3197

12 (12) Benfica - 3140

13 (13) Shakhtar Donetsk - 3125

14 (15) Valencia – 3095

=15 (=16) Ajax – 3083

=15 (=16) Zenit St Petersburg – 3083

17 (14) Juventus – 3078

18 (19) Lille - 3063

19 (18) Tottenham Hotspur - 3058

20 (20) PSV - 3031

Other British clubs in top 100

24 (24) Everton - 2916

29 (30) Liverpool - 2867

44 (44) Newcastle United - 2714

53 (53) Fulham – 2649

64 (64) Celtic - 2557

71 (72) Aston Villa – 2460

78 (78) Stoke City - 2447

91 (94) West Bromwich Albion – 2397

92 (95) Rangers – 2365

96 (97) Sunderland – 2347

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