Could England Lose A Champions League Place?
November 29, 2015
English teams have often enjoyed plenty of success in Europe but due to an unfortunate run of bad results and unexpected losses could England be in danger of actually losing a Champions League spot in the future?
At the moment the teams that finish in the top four spots at the end of the season in the Premier League are automatically entitled to a place in the European competition. The same goes for Spain and Germany but due to recent poor performances from English sides it could be Italy that ends up pushing England out of this selection.
Performances over the previous five seasons are taken into account by the UEFA co-efficient ranking system which grades each country based on their successes and then subsequently allocates relevant spots in European competitions to it. England currently holds a co-efficiency score of 65.034 only marginally ahead of Italy’s score of 60.605, and it is a gap that has gradually closed over the past few seasons.
England’s saving grace it appears this season is the fact that there are currently four English sides represented in the competition this year, namely Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal, whilst Italy feature just Juventus and Roma. It’s a slightly different story in the Europa League as only Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur are in the contest as it stands and Italy are represented by Fiorentina, Lazio and Napoli.
Last season in Europe was quite significant for both countries as none of England’s clubs were able to progress any further than the last 16 of the Champions League and only Everton were able to make it past the last 32 stage of the Europa League. Italy on the other hand was able to push 5 clubs through to the last 16 of the Champions and Europa Leagues that particular season.
Another notable factor that will no doubt have a massive impact on closing that gap between the two countries is that points from the 2011-12 season will no longer count. And that unfortunately just happens to be a season where England picked up significantly more points than Italy. It’s a crucial time now for English clubs to perform in Europe and thankfully it appears that they are doing their very best to progress through the group stages of the contest. If they fail to do so it could be disastrous and leave the door wide open for Italy to snatch a fourth spot from them. And of course the financial repercussions could be drastic.