OM-Sporting and Benfica-PSG: two decisive clashes in the Champions League for France’s UEFA index

Head-to-head with Portugal in the UEFA Index, France is counting on its six representatives in the Champions League, Europa League and Europa League Conference to consolidate its fifth place in the European rankings this week, notably thanks to the two French duels , OM-Sporting on Tuesday (6.45 p.m.) and Benfica-Paris SG on Wednesday (9 p.m.).

France, briefly relegated to sixth after a poor 2020-2021 season, have since held fifth place, bolstered by a solid collective performance in 2021-2022 but remain doubly threatened by Portuguese and Dutch clubs.

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And the results of the first two days of the European group stage don’t help much: only PSG won their two duels, while Marseille lost twice in C1. On the C3 side, Rennes has a win and a draw, Nantes and Monaco have a win and a loss. Finally Nice chained two draws in C4. Going into day three, France are well behind the untouchable quartet England/Spain/Italy/Germany on 60,081 points, while Portugal have 53,382 points and the Netherlands 49,300 points.

For this “country coefficient”, calculated on the current season and the four previous ones, the French representatives can widen the gap as they are all still in the running, while Portugal are left with only four clubs out of six following the departure of Gil Vicente Vitoria Guimaraes in C4. A slip to sixth place at the end of the season would see French clubs lose their direct ticket to the Europa League group stage.

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Attention danger for 2024

In this hypothesis, the club that would finish fifth in Ligue 1 in spring 2023 would qualify sixth in the championship for the less prestigious Europa League Conference. Fourth would still qualify directly for the Europa League groups, with the top three qualifying for the Champions League (with preliminary rounds for third).

And for Ligue 1 there will be even more at stake from 2024-2025: in the new 36-team Champions League format, the fifth country in the UEFA Index will benefit from three direct qualifiers for the chickens of the C1 plus a fourth club, who plays the preliminary round. A crucial prospect for French clubs who must therefore consolidate their fifth place to stay behind the best nations, knowing that a sixth place and a lower number of qualifiers in C1 would mathematically limit the future development of the index of France. .. and the financial future of his L1 clubs.

UEFA Index on October 3rd

  • 1. England 106.41 points
  • 2. Spain 96,141
  • 3. Italy 76,902
  • 4. Germany 75,213
  • 5. France 60,081
  • 6. Portugal 53,382
  • 7. Netherlands 49,300

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