The Premier League clubs find themselves in danger of having just three places in the Champions League from next season.
Manchester United chief Ed Woodward has expressed his that fear the Premier League could lose its fourth Champions League spot. If English clubs continue to perform poorly in Europe, their UEFA coefficient is in serious jeopardy of falling to such an extent.
Woodward spoke following the release of United’s quarterly figures, which showed a revenue rise of 39.3 per cent to £123.6m.
The United executive vice-chairman said: “On UEFA co-efficent, it’s a relative analysis and the key two countries are Italy and Germany.”
“In simple terms, if all of our teams perform – on average – badly, compared to the Italian and German teams, then there is a risk obviously that we would lose our co-efficent position and lose the fourth slot. Because it’s an average, it’s very difficult to say that Team A needs to do this and Team B needs to do that. It’s a relative analysis with those two countries being key.
In simple terms, if we do as badly as we did last season and Italy and Germany do as well as they did last season, then that fourth position would come under threat for next year.”
Three European leagues get four Champions League places, with La Liga currently way out in front due to it’s dominance of both the Champions League and, crucially, the Europa League.
(H/T: The Mirror)