On Saturday night, Manchester City won the Champions League trophy for the first time in their history with a 1-0 victory over Inter Milan.
The game’s winner was scored by midfielder Rodri in the second half after Kevin De Bruyne had to leave the field earlier due to an injury.
For Pep Guardiola’s team, the win marked the end of an extraordinary season in which they won the Premier League, the FA Cup, and the record breaking Treple Crown.
Manchester City, of course, qualified for the Champions League for the next season by winning the Premier League. However, City will go into the 2023–24 season in the position designated for the holders because they have now also won the trophy in Istanbul.
Will Liverpool, who placed fifth, now be eligible for the Champions League given that the Premier League has already been awarded four spots?
The response is provided below.
As noted, before City’s victory over Inter Milan, the team’s status for the competition the following year was settled.
As previously indicated, City’s place in the competition for the following season was settled before to their triumph over Inter Milan.
However, after defeating Brighton to finish fifth, Liverpool will not be eligible for next season’s Champions League.
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Instead, the spot is given to the winner of the highest-ranked national league in the UEFA coefficient that does not have an automatic spot in the group stage.
Traditionally, the country ranked 11th would be automatically placed in the group stage rather than needing to qualify.
Serbia currently sits 11th on the rankings. The Serbian first division champions, on the other hand, are already guaranteed a berth. This is due to Russia’s ranking of tenth. Following the invasion of Ukraine, the country’s clubs are still barred from competing in European competitions.
As a result, the winners of the 12th-ranked country, Ukraine, will now get a bye.
Can five Premier League teams compete in the Champions League?
There are restrictions in place that allow five English teams to compete in the same Champions League season.
This could only happen if an English club won the Champions League or Europa League this season but did not finish in the top four of the Premier League.
With City winning the league this season, these regulations would never apply ahead of next season’s campaign.