ARSENAL AND ATLETICO TO BENEFIT FROM CHAMPIONS LEAGUE LOTTERY

ARSENAL AND ATLETICO TO BENEFIT FROM CHAMPIONS LEAGUE LOTTERY

Arsenal and Atletico Madrid would be the big winners if UEFA goes ahead to implement the controversial coefficient system to decide next season’s Champions League places.

According to Daily Mail reports, the system might spell doom for Chelsea and Inter Milan. The UEFA’s 55 member nations are braced for showdown talks on Thursday over the best ways to conclude the football season amid the coronavirus crisis and the temperature is already rising.

With serious doubts over whether the remaining fixtures in several countries will even be completed amid lockdowns and high death tolls, a consensus somehow needs to be found.

Some members, the Netherlands, are on the verge of cancelling the season, although that could have major legal implications. Belgium have already done so.

But others, like England and certainly Germany, where the Bundesliga could restart on May 9, are pushing forward on the assumption the season can and will be concluded.

Yet whatever happens, at some point a new season will have to start and that means deciding who qualifies for the Champions League and the Europa League in 2020 -21.

One proposal heard in a preliminary conference call on Tuesday was deciding each country’s participants based on the UEFA club coefficient system.

But with millions of pounds of Champions League cash at stake, those who miss out aren’t likely to be happy and a flurry of lawsuits could follow.

We take a closer look at the implications of this and some other potential methods to determine who plays in Europe next season.

THE COEFFICIENT PROPOSAL

This idea will be discussed between UEFA and the influential European Club Association on Wednesday ahead of Thursday’s executive committee meeting.

If leagues across Europe can’t be completed because of the Covid-19 pandemic, then spots in next season’s Champions League and Europa League will be allocated using UEFA’s coefficient.

This system takes into account clubs’ performance in Europe over the past five seasons and the further they progress, the more points clubs accrue.

Naturally, more points are awarded for success in the more prestigious Champions League than the Europa League.

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