France get some breathing room as Netherlands and Portugal threaten for fifth place in UEFA Index

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France get some breathing room as Netherlands and Portugal threaten for fifth place in UEFA Index

After a sluggish preliminary round campaign (elimination of Monaco in the 3rd qualifying round of the Champions League against PSV Eindhoven, 1-1, 2-3 ap; qualification of Nice in pain in the Europa League Conference play-offs against Maccabi Tel Aviv, 0-1, 2-0 ap), the French clubs have successfully entered the competition.

On the first day of the group stages, PSG (against Juventus, 2-1), in C1, Nantes (against Olympiacos, 2-1), reindeer (at AEK Larnaca ground, 2-1) and Monaco (on the lawn of Red Star Belgrade, 1-0), in C3, won.

A small mattress in advance

They give a small lead over the Netherlands (6th with 50.100 pts), which only has Ajax in C1 and has only 4 clubs still in contention in European competitions (elimination of Twente in C4 play-offs ). This is also the case of Portugal (7th with 48.049 pts), which however benefits from three clubs in C1 (FC Porto, Benfica, Sporting) and could score several bonuses of 4 points in the event of qualification for the round of 16.

The logic of the greatest number

But two Portuguese clubs have already left the C4 (Gil Vicente, Vitoria Guimaraes) and the logic of the greatest number should do the business of French football (another 6 representatives). As proof, despite very decent results, this week the Portuguese have compiled 6 points (Sporting, Benfica, Braga), the Dutch 5 (success of Ajax and AZ, draw of PSV), far from 9 points scored by France.

As a reminder, maintaining fifth place in the UEFA index at the end of the season (June 2023) is essential since it will award up to four clubs (3+1) in the new Champions League formula, at the summer 2024. The sixth will have a maximum of three (2+1), the seventh a maximum of two (1+1).

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