Juventus’s loss to Bayern Munich didn’t come as good news just for the German club. The Old Lady’s agonizing loss meant England could hold onto it’s fourth Champions League spot.
Each country is allocated a certain number of Champions League slots which has been based upon its UEFA coefficient. The coefficient is calculated from Champions League and Europa League results over the past 5 seasons. The top three countries get four Champions League slots, while the next three get just three. Behind Spain and Germany, England has the third-highest UEFA coefficient at 74.409 after the matches concluded on Wednesday, while Italy’s is 70.439.
The only Italian team left in either of the European competitions now is Lazio, who face Sparta Prague in the second leg of the round-of-16 clash in the Europa League with the score tied at 1-1.
Even if Lazio manage to win this clash, the maximum coefficient Italy could manage would be 72.939. Not only is England’s coefficient higher, they will also pick-up additional points irrespective of the result in the Liverpool-Manchester United Europa League second leg. Not to mention, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City are both still alive in the two competitions although Spurs will have to overturn a 3-0 deficit in the second leg to be able to progress to the next stage in the competition.
However, all is not lost for Italy who could manage to send four teams in the Champions League in the 2017-18 season. The oldest season that currently contributes to the UEFA coefficient is 2011-12, where England picked up 15.250 points and Italy got just 11.357. Those points will not be counted next season and if the English team currently participating in either of the two competitions fizzle out, Italy could find themselves with a higher coefficient than England.