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What happens if Chelsea finish fifth and win Champions League?

CHELSEA and Manchester city will meet in Istanbul on May 29 in the third all-English Champions League Final.

And the Blues are still in a top four battle with Leicester and Liverpool heading into the last week of the Premier League season.

Chelsea are currently fourth in the Premier League but have reached the Champions League final


Chelsea are currently fourth in the Premier League but have reached the Champions League finalCredit: Getty

But what does it all mean for European qualification for next season? SunSport explains:

How many Champions League and Europa League places do the Premier League get?

England has seven places, with the top four in the Prem qualifying for the Champions League.

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Fifth in the table and the FA Cup winners go into the Europa League. And from this season onwards, the Carabao Cup winners go into the new Europa Conference League.

But Manchester City won the Carabao Cup. So now what happens?

That means the team finishing sixth take the Conference League spot, with a place in the final play-off round at the end of August.

Leicester and Chelsea played in the FA Cup final – does that impact things?

Assuming both of them finish in the top six – likely but not yet confirmed – it means sixth takes a Europa League place and SEVENTH in the table means the Conference League.

But could things change again?

Yes – but that depends on the outcomes of the two European competitions.

Under Uefa rules, the Champions League and Europa League winners automatically qualify for the Champions League.

But Uefa also caps at a maximum of five the number of teams from ANY country in the Champions League and a total of seven teams in all competitions.

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Go on…what are you saying?

Well, if Chelsea win the Champions League and finish fourth, nothing happens. But if they finish fifth, they would join the top four in next season’s competition.

The Premier League said: “Should a Premier League club win the UEFA Champions League they will automatically qualify for the group stage of next season’s competition regardless of their league finishing position.

“A maximum of five Premier League teams are eligible for UEFA Champions League qualification.”

Teams in sixth and seventh would then BOTH be in the Europa League.

Why is it so complicated?

Chelsea finishing in the top four and Manchester United winning the Europa League would make it easier.

Then fifth and sixth are in the Europa and seventh in the Conference.

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