Serie A’s five spots in next year’s Champions League confirmed, EPL in trouble

Serie A will have five slots in next season’s Champions League after securing one of the two extra places for performance across the three European competitions this season.

UEFA will reward two leagues with an extra spot through the European Performance Spots.

This comes as part of the revamp to expand the Champions League to a 36-team competition.

Italy’s place in the top two was secured, after three of its clubs made the semi-finals, while the Premier League lost four of its five remaining clubs at the quarter-final stage.

No Italian team qualified for the quarter-finals of the Champions League, but with AS Roma and Atalanta reaching the semis of the Europa League, and Fiorentina into the last four of the Europa Conference League, the league has the highest coefficient score from all leagues and cannot finish outside the top two.

Germany is set to finish in second place of the Performance Spots, as Bayern Munich and Bayer Leverkusen both knocked out English clubs and Borussia Dortmund went through in the Champions League.

Fifth place in Italy will now qualify for the Champions League, a position currently held by Roma with Atalanta in sixth.

If either of those clubs win the Europa League and finish outside the top four then Serie A will have six teams in the Champions League. The same applies to Borussia Dortmund, who sit fifth in the Bundesliga.

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