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This week promises to be particularly crucial for the UEFA index. The ranking calculating the number of points earned by each nation on the European stage has taken an even more important decision in recent weeks. Indeed, from 2024, the new formula of the Champions League will grant four direct tickets to the fifth of this index. France currently occupies this position, ahead of Portugal and the Netherlands. However, the mixed results of French clubs at the start of the European campaign threaten the precious place. The latter only present the 18th total of this season, against the third for Portugal.
Two decisive direct confrontations
France indeed has a relative lead over its neighbors in Ligue 1 (52,331 points against 50,900 for the Eredivisie and 49,049 for the Primeira Liga). Direct clashes between PSG and Benfica and OM and Sporting will therefore take on considerable importance. In the event of a fall in the standings, France would only have two direct qualifiers plus a jump-off if it finishes 6th and one qualifier plus a jump-off if it finishes 7th.
France currently occupy fifth position in the UEFA index but their place is threatened by the results of Portuguese and Dutch clubs. The French teams must therefore garner a maximum of points to maintain the rank.