Manchester City and Manchester United lead UEFA’s coefficient rankings for the 2017/18 season after both clubs enjoyed perfect starts to their Champions League campaigns with three wins out of three.
The Manchester giants aren’t the only clubs to have had 100 per cent starts in Europe’s predominent club competition, but are top of the coefficient charts because of an association coefficient perk.
This means Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho’s side have the maximum 10.000 points from three wins – two of five clubs to achieve that feat (the others being Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain and Beşiktaş) – but a coefficient total of 11.614, which puts them joint first ahead of Barcelona, who have 11.228.
UEFA’s overall coefficients are based on the results of clubs competing in the current UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League season. The rankings, combined with those of the previous four seasons, determine the seeding for each club in all UEFA competition draws.
Manchester City are currently eighth on the overall coefficients chart with 101.521, while Manchester United are down in fourteenth with 85.521 largely due to their absence from Europe in the 2014/15 season. Their Europa League success last season did earn them 28.985 points though, more than neighbours City, because City exited the Champions League in the Round of 16 at the hands of Monaco.