It feels like it’s been a long two months without European football. With the Spanish, English and German title competitions looking pretty much wrapped up at the moment and a disappointing Africa Cup of Nations, it’s exciting to welcome back the Champions league and Europa league. So after the first round of of first legs for the Champions league and the first legs of the Europa league we wanted to see how things stood.
With the second week of fixtures in the Group Stages of the Champions League about to begin, we thought it would be interesting to look at how the structure of the competition affects the percentage chance each team has of winning the competition. What if the Champions League really was an, admittedly large, league of 32 teams?
Is the current format, including draws which are seeded and which force teams from the same nation to avoid each other until the Quarter-Finals a disadvantage for the smaller teams? Is this disadvantage more than offset by the nature of a knock-out competition allowing lesser teams to progress off the back of a couple of lucky performances?
PSG have had a very busy summer. Let’s look at some of the high profile transfers and see if they will make a difference. I have not watched PSG play for two seasons – all this analysis is based on our work with Castrol Edge Rankings. Will anyone believe it?!
In midfield, Matuidi has arrived for €10M, and Sissoko for €3.5M. Makelele has retired, and J Clement has left for St Etienne. We will assume the new transfers will join Chantome and Bodmer as realistic first choices in defensive midfield. Continue reading