Manchester City’s Carabao Cup victory over Tottenham Hotspurs has assured Pep Guardiola’s facet European soccer next season, with the League Cup winners receiving a spot within the new UEFA Europa Conference League.
City, after all, is not going to be getting into Europe’s third-tier competitors with the champions-elect having already secured Champions League for 2021-22, and this has a knock-on impact to their Conference League place.
The Conference League spot now drops to the next eligible crew within the Premier League, this could be both the crew in sixth or extra possible seventh.
Due to Leicester and Chelsea dealing with one another in next month’s FA Cup final, with the winner receiving a Europa League qualification place, seventh is more likely to obtain the English Conference League spot. Providing the FA Cup winner finishes within the prime six.
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Were both Chelsea or Leicester to drop out of the highest six and win the FA Cup final then the Conference League spot would go to the crew in sixth place within the Premier League.
As the Premier League desk stands at present fifth-placed West Ham would enter the Europa League together with Liverpool in sixth spot and Spurs can be the inaugural English entrants into the Conference League.
There are nonetheless two different potentialities that could alter the European locations next season. If Arsenal win the Europa League regardless of sitting in tenth place within the Premier League, they might enter the Champions League as a reward for his or her European triumph.
If Chelsea are victorious within the Champions League and drop out of the highest 4 they might additionally obtain a spot in next season’s Champions League. If each Arsenal and Chelsea are winners in Europe and crucially don’t end within the Premier League’s prime 4 then the crew in fourth place would drop to the Europa League.
In this state of affairs, fifth would additionally obtain a Europa League spot with sixth getting into the brand new Conference League, and seventh lacking out.
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Chelsea are in motion on Tuesday evening away to Real Madrid within the Champions League semi-final first leg, while Arsenal tackle Villareal in the identical spherical of the Europa League on Thursday night.
As issues stand a top-six end ensures European soccer for the 2021-22 season however seventh is more likely to be sufficient.
With the Hammers in fifth place simply two factors forward of Spurs in seventh and three forward of Everton, who’ve a recreation in hand on West Ham, there’s nonetheless an terrible lot to play for over the final 5 video games of the season.