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How Premier League clubs qualified for UEFA competitions

29 May 2019
Pedro, Chelsea

We look at how Chelsea's UEFA Europa League triumph affects how PL clubs are allocated places for next season's European competitions

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Chelsea's 4-1 victory over Arsenal in the UEFA Europa League final means the Premier League's places in next season's UEFA club competitions have all been finalised.

Final standings

Position Pos Club Played Pl GD Points Pts
1 Manchester City MCI 38 +72 98
2 Liverpool LIV 38 +67 97
3 Chelsea CHE 38 +24 72
4 Tottenham Hotspur TOT 38 +28 71
5 Arsenal ARS 38 +22 70
6 Manchester United MUN 38 +11 66
7 Wolverhampton Wanderers WOL 38 +1 57
The system

Ordinarily, Premier League teams placed between first and fourth qualify for the group stage of the UEFA Champions League (UCL).

The fifth-placed club go into the group stage of the UEFA Europa League (UEL).

The winners of the FA Cup enter the UEFA Europa League group stage, while the team who lift the EFL Cup enter the UEFA Europa League at the second qualifying round.

This season's situation

The top four teams in the 2018/19 table secured their places in the UCL group stage: Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur

Because Man City won both the EFL Cup and the FA Cup, their EFL Cup spot in the UEL second qualifying round goes to seventh-placed Wolverhampton Wanderers.

After finishing fifth, Arsenal will start next season in the UEL group stage.

Arsenal would have secured a UCL group-stage place, becoming the fifth Premier League team in the competition, if they had beaten Chelsea in Baku.

Sixth-placed Manchester United will enter the UEL in the group stage.

The winners of the UCL also qualify for the competition next season but Liverpool and Spurs have already done so through their league positions. 

Clubs in 2019/20 UEFA competitions
Club UEFA competition
Man City UCL group stages
Liverpool UCL group stages
Chelsea UCL group stages
Spurs UCL group stages
Arsenal UEL group stages
Man Utd UEL group stages
Wolves UEL 2nd qualifying round

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