Champions League – Rankings: Arsenal rise

Arsenal have no worries ahead of their Champions League last 16 second leg clash with Porto, if our European Power Rankings are anything to go by.

Our form guide for clubs across the continent who reached the knockout stages of European competition shows that since the Gunners’ farcical 2-1 defeat in Portugal three weeks ago their performances have surpassed those of the Dragons.

Three consecutive domestic wins since the first leg have seen Arsenal move up four places to seventh in our table, while taking just four points from a possible nine means Porto drop down past the Gunners into 10th.

Aside from those two teams, the only other movement in the top 10 sees PSV Eindhoven and Lyon swap places.

Four straight wins in the Eredivisie have seen Twente continue their steady rise up the chart to 17th. Teams who have progressed through to the next round of the Europa League won’t see the benefit in this table until the next round begins.

EUROPEAN POWER RANKINGS

1. Bordeaux – 23.93

2. Manchester United – 22.29

3. Real Madrid – 21.69

4. Barcelona – 20.97

5. Chelsea – 20.89

6. Benfica – 20.75

7. Arsenal – 19.80

8. Lyon – 19.76

9. PSV Eindhoven – 19.75

10. Porto – 19.71

11. Internazionale – 19.50

12. Bayern – 18.83

13. Sevilla – 18.60

14. Panathinaikos – 18.28

15. Fiorentina – 17.20

16. Anderlecht – 17.19

17. Twente – 17.10

18. Salzburg – 16.96

19. Valencia – 16.90

20. Shakhtar – 16.68

21. Milan – 16.61

22. Ajax – 16.56

23. Werder Bremen – 16.52

24. Roma – 16.13

25. Fenerbahce – 16.00

26. Marseille – 15.86

27. CSKA Moscow – 15.66

28. Liverpool – 15.65

29. Olympiacos – 15.62

30. Galatasaray – 15.33

31. Rubin – 15.20

32. Juventus – 15.15

33. Lille – 15.00

34. Brugge – 14.85

35. Hapoel Tel-Aviv – 14.34

36. Fulham – 14.29

37. Hamburg – 14.24

38. Sporting Lisbon – 14.16

39. Athletic Bilbao – 13.50

40. Stuttgart – 13.44

41. Everton – 13.04

42. Wolfsburg – 12.50

43. FC Copenhagen – 12.37

44. Unirea Urziceni – 12.20

45. Villarreal – 11.60

46. Standard Liege – 10.97

47. Atletico Madrid – 10.08

48. Hertha Berlin – 8.20

HOW IT WORKS

Scores are based on points per game in domestic league. Champions League and Europa games.

Domestic points per game are multiplied by the league coefficient – either 3.5. 4. 4.5 or 5 – with teams in stronger leagues getting more credit.

League coefficients:

5 – England. Italy. Spain

4.5 – Germany. France. Portugal. Netherlands. Russia

4 – Belgium. Greece. Poland. Turkey. Ukraine. Scotland. Romania

3.5 – Cyprus. Switzerland. Israel. Denmark. Austria

Champions League victories are counted as three points for a win. They are all multiplied by a coefficient of 5. Matches in the group stage and beyond are counted.

Europa League League victories are counted as three points for a win. They are all multiplied by a coefficient of 4. Matches in the group stage and beyond are counted.

Example: Bordeaux

52 points from 25 Ligue 1 games = 2.08 points per game

Multiplied by league coefficient of 4.5 – 2.08 x 4.5 = 9.36

19 points from 7 Champions League game = 2.71 points per game.

Multiplied by Champions League coefficient of five – 2.71 x 5 = 13.57

Total score = 9.36 + 13.57 = 22.93

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