After a successful first day in the European Cups (4 wins, 1 draw and 1 loss), France had the opportunity to increase their margin over the Netherlands and Portugal in the UEFA index this week. It missed. However, the program promised to be favorable: Eintracht Frankfurt, Maccabi Haifa, Ferencvaros, Partizan Belgrade, Fenerbahçe and Karabagh are not – or no longer – tenors on the continental scene. In the end, the record was very disappointing with 3 losses, 2 draws and 1 victory.
OM fell at home against the German club (0-1), Monaco (0-1 against Ferencvaros at Louis-II) and Nantes (0-3 at Baku) experienced disappointments, Nice led and were finally hooked in Serbia (1-1), Rennes got two goals against the Turks at Roazhon Park (2-2), and only PSG won a success far from being mastered in Israel (3-1).
Result: if France still has its six representatives, against four in the Netherlands and Portugal, it saw its lead melt very slightly over its two adversaries for fifth place in the general classification of the UEFA index, calculated on the based on the European results of the last five seasons. After this week’s matches, France (5th) totals 52.331 points and its cushion has been reduced to 1.431 points over the Netherlands (6th, 50.900) and 3.282 points over Portugal (7th, 49.049).
3 wins out of 4 for Portugal, 2 out of 3 for the Netherlands
Dutch clubs won twice (Feyenoord and Alkmaar) for a loss (Ajax), while PSV Eindhoven did not have the opportunity to play
, and their Portuguese counterparts have won three (Sporting, Benfica and Braga) for one loss (FC Porto). The two double confrontations to come in the Champions League, between PSG and Benfica as between Marseille and Sporting, could therefore be worth a lot.
Its Europa League meeting on the lawn of Arsenal has been rescheduled for October 20 due to the death of Queen Elizabeth II.
Because retaining fifth place in the general classification of the UEFA index at the end of this season is essential: it will grant four clubs in the new formula of the Champions League (3 directly qualified in the League phase (**) + 1 in the preliminary round), the first edition of which will be held in 2024-2025. The sixth will have three maximum (2+1), the seventh two maximum (1+1).(**) This denomination should replace that of “group stage”.