How Chelsea FC and Arsenal’s European glory could end Liverpool’s West Ham, Spurs and Champions League hopes
Under UEFA rules, associations are entitled to a maximum of five teams in the Champions League – and in that scenario Chelsea and Arsenal would have guaranteed qualification.
If West Ham, Spurs or Liverpool finished behind Manchester City, Manchester United and Leicester in the Premier League, then they would fall in the Europa League.
Chelsea booked a place in the Champions League final against Manchester City on May 29 after beating Real Madrid on Wednesday night.
Arsenal will face Villarreal in the second leg of their Europa League semi-final at the Emirates Stadium on Thursday night, 2-1 down since the first leg.
Chelsea are currently in fourth place in the table with four games to go, but West Ham are just three points behind them under David Moyes and Spurs are still two points behind. Liverpool are seven points behind Chelsea but have one game in hand.
According to the regulations of the Champions League, UEFA rule 3.07 states: “If the association is entitled to four places in the Champions League and none of the title holders qualify for the Europa League through their championship national, the lowest of the association’s Champions League representatives is automatically transferred to the Europa League (in the group stage of the UEFA Europa League and the access list will be rebalanced accordingly).
“In this case, the association of the title holders is entitled to an additional place (five in total) in the Champions League and an additional place (four in total) in the Europa League.”