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Power Rankings: Lloris sees Spurs slip below Lyon

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Tottenham Hotspur's underwhelming start to the season is reflected in our European Power Rankings as they drop out of the top 20.

In an ironic twist it is French side Lyon who have switched places with the London club and entered the elite section of the ranking.

Spurs signed France goalkeeper and captain Hugo Lloris from Lyon on transfer deadline day less than two weeks ago for £12.3 million, but it seems his relationship with head coach Andre Villas-Boas is already frosty.

Lloris was signed too late to be eligible for his new club when they played Norwich City at White Hart Lane, and he looked on as Brad Friedel produced a marvellous display in goal which ultimately salvaged a point for Spurs.

After the match Villas-Boas stated that Lloris has a job on his hands wresting the No.1 jersey from Friedel, leading to the France keeper expressing his dissatisfaction while back home on international duty.

The Spurs-Lyon switch is the only move in the top 20 of the European Power Rankings.

HOW IT WORKS

To determine our Power Rankings, we use the 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 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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