Champions League qualification for next season: permutations based on 2018/19 winners
Now that we know this season’s UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League finalists, UEFA.com looks at how each combination of winners would affect qualification for next season.
If Tottenham finish in the Premier League top four on Sunday …
This would mean both of this season’s UEFA Champions League finalists would have already qualified automatically for the 2019/20 group stage. Therefore, the created vacancy by the automatic berth normally allocated to the previous season’s winners would be passed to the champions of the national association ranked 11th (Austria).
The only team who can replace Spurs in the top four are Arsenal, who can also still win the UEFA Europa League.
If Spurs finish outside the top four …
The Premier League top four would all qualify automatically for the group stage, and Spurs would then join them only if they were to lift the UEFA Champions League trophy.
What if the UEFA Europa League winners have already qualified?
Chelsea meet Arsenal in the final. The Blues are already sure of a top-four finish, with Arsenal currently fifth, a position that would carry a UEFA Europa League group stage berth – though they could finish fourth and earn a UEFA Champions League place too.
If the 2018/19 UEFA Europa League winners qualify for next season’s group stage via their domestic league, that automatic berth is passed to the third-placed team in the national association ranked fifth (France).