Sportbible have revealed that the team which finishes fourth in the Premier League this season could miss out on the Champions League if one criteria is fulfilled.
Tottenham find themselves sitting three points behind their North London rivals Arsenal, who occupy fourth place, having played one more match than the Gunners.
Antonio Conte’s men have a crucial match against Manchester United coming up on Saturday, with both teams looking to close the gap on Mikel Arteta’s side.
However, Sportbible have now explained that finishing fourth might not be enough to get into next season’s Champions League.
As per UEFA’s rules, the teams who finish in the top four places in the Premier League will gain entry into the Champions League while a fifth English club could also qualify for the tournament if they win either the Champions League or the Europa League while failing to finish in the top four.
Sportsbible state that only a maximum of five Premier League teams could be in next season’s Champions League.
That means that if Manchester United or Chelsea finish outside the top four and win the Champions League while West Ham win the Europa League and also finishing outside the top four, that means the team which finishes fourth would have to settle for a place in next season’s Europa League.
Spurs Web Opinion
West Ham winning the Europa League is certainly a distinct possibility if they can beat Sevilla in the second leg, but I do not see Man Utd lifting the Champions League. In fact, I am not even convinced that they will get past Atletico Madrid. So, this scenario is not one we need to worry about for the time being.
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