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There is even more sbobet168 motivation to finish in the top four of the Premier League this season as from next term the four top teams from England – along with Germany, Italy and Spain – will all qualify for the group stages of the Champions League.
Formerly it was just the top two in England who qualified automatically with third and fourth place facing often tricky qualifiers to reach the group stages.
But no more – finish in the top four and you can start getting ready to host some European nights.
This follows UEFA’s decision to increase the quota for direct group-stage qualification from 22 to 26 teams.
The Europa League will see a similar change, with 17 clubs now going directly into the group phase, plus another 10 dropping into the competition from the Champions League play-offs and third qualifying round.
There is also set to be a preliminary round introduced at the start of Champions League sbobet168 qualification, with four teams entering into a mini knockout tournament, from which one club shall move on and be joined by another 33 sides in the first round of qualifiers.
UEFA has also announced for group games in both competitions will be staggered.
Previously all matches kicked off at 19:45 (GMT) but now there will be two different time slots – 17:55 (GMT) or 20:00 (GMT).
Here’s a summary of the new-look qualification process in both the Champions League and Europa League. sbobet168
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