This year’s Champions League, as we go into the quarter final stage, is difficult to predict. Barcelona, Milan, Real Madrid, Chelsea and Bayern Munich, Champions League heavyweights, and joined by Marseille, Benfica and APOEL.
Leo Blog has a calculation to work out how successful teams in Europe have been over five year periods based on performance in the Champions League. The points are allocated as follows:
1 point for getting to last 16
2 points for getting to quarter finals
3 points for getting to semi finals
4 points for getting to final
5 points for winning final
The above table shows the points obtained by every club that competed in the last 16 of the Champions League from 2008 to 2012 (a five year period). For 2012, there is a min and max column, and then the totals are added up. Barcelona, with two wins and two semi final exits in the past four years, have already guaranteed their status bas most successful team from 2008 to 2012. Manchester United are second after getting to three finals in the past four seasons, after being the best club over five years (2007 to 2011).
2000-2004: Real Madrid
2001-2005: Real Madrid
2007-2011: Manchester United
*edited 15/04/2012 – title added*