How many English teams can play in Champions League next season? Could fourth-placed Premier League team miss out?


THE Premier League is entering its closing stages with all the top six still in the hunt for the Champions League.

Chelsea, Arsenal, Spurs and Manchester United are involved in a desperate fight for a top four finish, but will fourth place be enough?

Paul Pogba and Manchester United will be desperate for another season of Champions League football
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How many teams from one country are allowed to play in the Champions League?

The maximum any country can have playing in the Champions League is five.

Only England, Spain, Germany and Italy can possibly enter five teams as they are the top four associations in Uefa and are awarded the four coveted spots.

It used to be only four regardless of what happened in the previous season, until the Europa League winner was given a Champions League place.

In 2012, Spurs finished in fourth place and missed out on the Champions League after Chelsea won it.

Could the fourth-placed Premier League team miss out on Champions League?

Yes, but there is only one way in which this can happen.

The fourth placed Premier League team will miss out on a spot in the Champions League if English teams outside the top four win both the Champions League and Europa League.

That means if, for example, Arsenal were to finish fourth but Chelsea and Manchester United were to finish below them and win the Champions League and Europa League respectively, they would miss out on the top four.


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