Leicester fears to miss the Champions League AGAIN due to the progress of Chelsea and Arsenal in Europe
Leicester fears they will miss the Champions League AGAIN, even if they finish in the top four … with Chelsea and Arsenal’s progress in Europe hampering the number of English clubs that can qualify
- Leicester is concerned that they could miss the Champions League again
- Chelsea and Arsenal’s progress in Europe this season could complicate matters
- Brendan Rodgers’ squad is currently third and on track to make it to the top four
- But if they finish fourth, they could get heartbroken for a second season in a row
Leicester fears a Champions League heartbreak for the second consecutive season, even if they manage to finish in the top four.
Third-placed Foxes could be 10 points ahead of fifth-placed West Hams if they win at Southampton on Friday, which would put them within reach of a Champions League spot under normal circumstances.
Still, the success of English clubs in Europe this season complicates matters. If Chelsea win the Champions League and Arsenal win the Europa League, and both finish outside the top four, then fourth place alone would be good enough for a spot in the Europa League.
Leicester City are afraid of missing out on the Champions League, even if they finish in the top four
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UEFA allows up to five clubs from the same country to enter the Champions League and automatically grants access to the holders and winners of the Europa League.
Last season, Leicester spent most of the season in the top four, before their poor form after the lockdown meant they were squeezed into fifth place on the final day, when they were defeated by Manchester United.
It would be a brutal end to an excellent season for Leicester if the finish in the top three were only good enough. They have also reached their first FA Cup final since 1969 and at Kelechi Iheanacho have a striker in the shape of his life.
The Nigerian has scored 14 goals in his last 14 games, taking the winner in Monday’s 2-1 win over Crystal Palace as Leicester fights back from behind. Brendan Rodgers’ team also have fond memories of St Mary’s after winning 9-0 there on their last visit in October 2019.
Iheanacho struggled for rhythm after coming to Leicester for £ 25m from Manchester City in 2017, but those difficulties are now behind him.
If Chelsea win the Champions League and Arsenal win the Europa League – but both finish outside the top four – a fourth place finish alone would be good enough for a spot in the Europa League.
Rodgers said, “Even before I got here, it was groans and groans as he entered the field. But I don’t think there are now.
He’s a great talent and came here for a high price – and maybe didn’t really have the chances. That’s normal when you have one of Europe’s best strikers (Jamie Vardy) in front of you.
‘It is difficult. But you have to flip your hat to his mental toughness. That’s one of the things that is right at the top of an ideal football player for me. ‘
Rodgers praised forward Kelechi Iheanacho for his excellent recent form for goal
HOW PREMIER LEAGUE SIDES MAY BE ELIGIBLE FOR EUROPE IN 2021-22
The maximum number of Premier League teams that can qualify for UEFA competitions in any given season is seven.
Under normal circumstances, four places in the Champions League are awarded to the clubs that finish in the top four of the Premier League.
The fifth-place squad would qualify for the Europa League, as would the FA Cup winners.
Winners of the Carabao Cup would qualify for the new Europa Conference League.
In a given competition, a maximum of five teams are allowed to participate in the Champions League in a given season. With the winners of both the Champions League and Europa League automatically qualifying for next season’s tournament, Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal have a chance of qualifying despite finishing outside the top four.
The rules stipulate that if two teams qualify by winning the league, the side that finished fourth in that national league would be forced to descend into the Europa League – as happened with Tottenham in 2012.
Europa League slots are awarded to the side finishing fifth and the FA Cup winner. If the FA Cup winner finishes in the top five, his spot goes to the team that finishes sixth. This seems likely, as Manchester City and Leicester City will contest the final at Wembley, with both destined for a top-five finish.
With Manchester City already crowned Carabao Cup winners, the team that finished seventh this season will most likely qualify for the new Europa Conference League competition.