Euro Club Index: Dortmund make step up

The latest Euro Club Index rankings see German champions Borussia Dortmund step up the table as they maintained their three-point lead in the Bundesliga.

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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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Tottenham Hotspur's poor Easter results see them slump three places down the Euro Club Index.

Spurs' poor return of one point from their last two fixtures has damaged their hopes of qualifying for next season's Champions League, and that is reflected in our form guide of European clubs by their slip down to 16th.

Conversely, fellow Londoners Chelsea move up for the second week in a row. Four points from a possible six in the Premier League and reaching the Champions League semi-finals has moved the Blues up one place to sixth, seeing them switch places with Porto.

German champions Borussia Dortmund also benefited from Benfica's European elimination at the hands of Chelsea and their subsequent loss at Sporting in the Lisbon derby by swapping places with them, going 11th after they beat Wolfsburg.

Valencia's 0-0 draw at Real Madrid moves them up two places to ninth, a shift aided by AC Milan's surprise home defeat to Fiorentina resulting in the Italian champions dropping a place to 10th.

Juventus went top of Serie A courtesy of Milan's defeat and their own 2-0 win at Palermo, and as such the still-unbeaten Turin club move up three to 17th.

In France, Lyon's win at home to Auxerre and Lille's defeat at Brest see the former replace the latter in the top 20.

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Top 20

1 (1) Barcelona – 4471 points

2 (2) Real Madrid - 4303

3 (3) Manchester United - 3758

4 (4) Bayern Munich - 3483

5 (5) Manchester City – 3380

6 (7) Chelsea - 3356

7 (6) Porto – 3348

8 (8) Arsenal - 3297

9 (11) Valencia - 3237

10 (9) AC Milan - 3190

11 (12) Borussia Dortmund - 3184

12 (11) Benfica - 3127

13 (14) Shakhtar Donetsk - 3088

14 (15) Zenit St Petersburg - 3087

15 (16) Atletico Madrid – 3055

16 (13) Tottenham – 3043

17 (20) Juventus - 3032

18 (18) PSV - 3020

19 (19) Ajax – 3007

20 (21) Lyon - 2994

Other German clubs in the top 100

24 (29) Schalke – 2928

34 (36) Bayer Leverkusen – 2837

44 (46) Stuttgart – 2710

48 (41) Hannover – 2683

57 (53) Werder Bremen – 2631

64 (61) Borussia Moenchengladbach – 2563

70 (65) Wolfsburg – 2518

75 (76) Hamburg – 2480

84 (86) Mainz – 2418

87 (93) Hoffenheim – 2402

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