Champions League – European Power Rankings

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Arsenal‘s incredible comeback against Bolton at the weekend sees them move into second place in Eurosport’s latest Power Rankings table.

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We take into account both domestic and European performances, plus the relative difficulty of each team’s league, to find out who is the best team in Europe.

The unlikely 3-2 win for the 10-man Gunners sent out a clear message of intent to the rest of the Premier League that their title bid is not over yet – although it may be too late to challenge Manchester United in the Power Rankings league.

Imperious United continue to top the European table following their 4-0 thumping of Aston Villa on Saturday, while Barcelona’s shock 3-2 defeat to Real Betis sees the Catalans slip into third place.

Fernando Torres‘s winner in the Merseyside derby shot Liverpool into sixth at the expense of Internazionale, whose iffy form continued on Saturday when they were held to a draw by Lazio.

Chelsea remain in fifth place after a slim 1-0 win over Middlesbrough, but their Champions League opponents Fenerbahce were on the up over the past week, leapfrogging Everton into tenth following a 2-1 away win over Istanbul rivals Besiktas.

And with the top six all in Champions League action this week, expect plenty more movement in the table come this time next week.

EUROPEAN POWER RANKINGS

1 (1) Manchester United – 24.38

2 (3) Arsenal – 22.44

3 (2) Barcelona – 22.17

4 (4) Roma – 21.11

5 (5) Chelsea – 21.09

6 (7) Liverpool – 20.69

7 (6) Internazionale – 20.50

8 (8) Porto – 20.00

9 (9) Sevilla – 19.50

10 (11) Fenerbahce – 19.00

11 (10) Everton – 18.91

12 (12) Bayern – 17.75

13 (13) Real Madrid – 17.71

14 (14) Hamburg – 17.33

15 (15) Milan – 16.65

16 (17) Lyon – 16.60

17 (16) Olympiacos – 16.54

18 (18) Fiorentina – 16.15

19 (20) Rangers – 16.14

20 (19) Werder Bremen – 15.8

HOW IT WORKS

Scores are based on points per game in domestic league and European games.

Domestic points per game are multiplied by the league coefficient – either 4, 4.5 or 5 – with teams in stronger leagues getting more credit.

Champions League (or Super Cup) victories are counted from the third qualifying round onward as three points for a win and multiplied by a coefficient of 5.

UEFA Cup victories are counted from the first round as three points for a win and multiplied by a coefficient of 4.

Domestic and European totals are then added together. If a side has played in both Champions League and UEFA Cup, its European total is an average of the two scores.

League coefficients:

England, Spain, Italy = 5

Germany, Portugal, France = 4.5

Others = 4

Example: Manchester United

76 points from 32 Premier League games = 2.38 points per game.

Multiplied by league coefficient of five – 2.38 x 5 = 11.88

20 points from 8 Champions League games (including qualifying) = 2.50 points per game.

Multiplied by Champions League coefficient of five – 12.50

Total score = 11.88 + 12.50 = 24.38

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