Euro Club Index: Barca still Europe's best

The latest Euro Club Index rankings see Barcelona remain Europe's top-ranked side despite losing to both Chelsea and Real Madrid over the past week.

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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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With no changes in the top seven places of the Euro Club Index, Chelsea remain sixth in the rankings ahead of their Champions League semi-final second leg trip to Barcelona, who are still top despite losing to both the Blues and Real Madrid last week. Real, who remain second, host fourth-ranked Bayern Munich in the second leg of their European tie on Wednesday.

The other two Spanish clubs in the top 20, Valencia and Atletico Madrid, hold their respective positions of 11th and 15th as they prepare for the second leg of their Europa League semi-final against each other.

The only move in the top 10 sees Borussia Dortmund, who were confirmed as champions of the Bundesliga last weekend for the second year running, move up one place to eighth, switching places with Arsenal.

Tottenham Hotspur's recent slump continued at the weekend with defeat at Queens Park Rangers, and as such they drop down two places to 20th.

French champions Lille switch places with Spurs, while their Ligue 1 rivals Lyon drop out of the top 20 altogether as they are deposed by PSV.

Juventus may be three points ahead of title rivals AC Milan at the top of Serie A, but they lag six places behind the Rossoneri here.

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Top 20

1 (1) Barcelona – 4369 points

2 (2) Real Madrid - 4307

3 (3) Manchester United - 3702

4 (4) Bayern Munich - 3505

5 (5) Manchester City – 3439

6 (6) Chelsea - 3437

7 (7) Porto – 3357

8 (9) Borussia Dortmund - 3267

9 (8) Arsenal - 3260

10 (10) AC Milan - 3191

11 (11) Valencia – 3170

12 (12) Benfica - 3148

13 (14) Shakhtar Donetsk - 3098

14 (13) Zenit St Petersburg - 3093

15 (15) Atletico Madrid – 3086

16 (16) Juventus – 3065

17 (17) Ajax – 3037

18 (20) Lille - 3018

19 (21) PSV - 3001

20 (18) Tottenham Hotspur - 2990

Other Spanish clubs in top 100

22 (22) Athletic Bilbao – 2960

30 (26) Sevilla – 2873

50 (49) Villarreal – 2642

56 (52) Osasuna – 2610

59 (56) Malaga – 2604

61 (50) Getafe – 2603

66 (64) Mallorca – 2559

70 (66) Espanyol – 2508

80 (77) Levante – 2450

92 (85) Real Betis - 2389

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