OM-Sporting and Benfica-PSG: two crucial duels in the Champions League for the French UEFA index

Head-to-head with Portugal in the UEFA index, France is counting on their six representatives in the Champions League, Europa League and Europa League Conference to consolidate their fifth place in this week’s European rankings, notably through the two French duels. , OM-Sporting on Tuesday (18:45) and Benfica-Paris SG on Wednesday (21:00).

Briefly relegated to sixth after a bad 2020-2021 season, France have since maintained fifth place, bolstered by a solid collective performance in 2021-2022, but remain under double threat from Portuguese and Dutch clubs.

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And the results of the first two days of the European group stage do not help much: only PSG have won the two comparisons, while Marseille have lost twice in C1. In C3, Rennes has a win and a draw, Nantes and Monaco a success and a defeat. Finally, in C4, Nice chained two draws. Before Matchday 3, France, with 60,081 points, are far behind the unbeatable England / Spain / Italy / Germany quartet, while Portugal have 53,382 points and the Netherlands 49,300.

For this “country coefficient” calculated on the current season and the previous four, the French teams can still widen the gap as they are all still in contention, while Portugal only has four teams out of six after the elimination of Gil Vicente and Vitoria Guimaraes in C4. Because a shift to sixth place at the end of the season would result in the loss of the direct ticket for the group stage of the Europa League by the French clubs.

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Danger of attention for 2024

In this hypothesis, the club that would have finished fifth in Ligue 1 in the spring of 2023 would qualify for the less prestigious Europa League Conference, as the sixth in the league. The fourth would continue to qualify directly for the Europa League groups, the top three for the Champions League (with preliminaries for the third).

And for Ligue 1 the stakes will be even higher from 2024-2025: in the new 36-team format of the Champions League, the fifth country in the UEFA index will benefit from three direct qualifiers for the C1 hens, plus a fourth team who plays the preliminary rounds. A crucial prospect for French clubs, which must therefore consolidate fifth place to stay in the wake of the best nations, knowing that a sixth place, and fewer C1 qualifiers, would mathematically limit the future progression of the France index. and the financial future of its L1 clubs.

UEFA index as of 3 October

  • 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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