Almost... because if both of England's remaining participants in Europe win their respective competitions, the Blues would be frozen out.
Manchester United winning the Europa League would vault them into the Champions League, but their Europa League spot for winning the League Cup would still need to be allocated elsewhere. That is where the Blues stand to benefit from the Red Devils' recent success at Wembley and the fact that a top-six side will win the FA Cup.
The fly in ointment – it's an unlikely one but they've shocked the world before! – would be Leicester City winning the Champions League in addition to United winning the Europa League.
In that instance, the Foxes would take one of the spots in next season's Champions League and force the team that finishes fourth in the Premier League to drop into the Europa League, robbing seventh place of a spot in that competition in the process, because Uefa rules preclude a country having more than five CL entrants in a given season.
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1 Posted 17/03/2017 at 07:19:13
If that were to happen you can bet the shite would want a rule change to their own rule change.
2 Posted 17/03/2017 at 07:22:26
3 Posted 17/03/2017 at 07:54:12
The winners of the League go into the main contest, which is a knockout competition. It would, as such, be more of a "Cup" than a "League" competition so the organisers could take advantage of a re-branding opportunity and rename it the "European Cup".
The runners-up in the league go into what was formerly the Europa League, but is re-structured like the European Cup and is given the far snappier title of the "UEFA Cup".
A final competition will be reserved for the winners of the FA Cup - which will be renamed the "European Cup Winners Cup".
4 Posted 17/03/2017 at 09:18:46
5 Posted 17/03/2017 at 09:40:47
6 Posted 17/03/2017 at 14:25:15
It's all about ambition remember!
7 Posted 17/03/2017 at 15:08:58
Much rather the Red Shite have a kind kick in the bollocks for a change.
8 Posted 17/03/2017 at 15:13:46
It would be interesting to see Leicester relegated but in the Champions league, would Lukaku sign for them.
10 Posted 17/03/2017 at 15:49:00
Brian, if that happened they'd cwy and cwy like big girls until the rules were changed so that they could still play.
11 Posted 17/03/2017 at 15:58:33
12 Posted 17/03/2017 at 19:24:40
Can you imagine the shite we'd all have to listen too daily until there was a cave in.
13 Posted 17/03/2017 at 19:35:35
14 Posted 17/03/2017 at 21:24:18
16 Posted 18/03/2017 at 21:20:06
We'll therefore be spared the shenanigans of Liverpool (or whoever) moaning and whinging to Uefa for a change to the established rules that have been clear & in writing for all clubs to understand.
17 Posted 18/03/2017 at 21:53:41
18 Posted 19/03/2017 at 13:07:52
I look forward to our neighbours bleating about not getting into the Europa League as 7th place finishers due to the above scenario.
19 Posted 19/03/2017 at 17:21:24
20 Posted 19/03/2017 at 19:36:35
THe two spanish giants and the fading Italian League are very concerned that it is no longer a level playing field and want a European League with all the partcipating teams leaving their national leagues.
Crowds are really down in Italy as the game is so boring. Not many countries want to show their league football.
Not many countries want Spanish League football except for when the top two teams contest their El Classicos.
German football is totally dominated by one club!
The Premier Leaguemay not have the best teams but we do have blood and thunder. We know that the bottom three can get results against the top teams.
This why the Premier League out muscles the continent for TV income.
The so called super 14 know this. The Champoins League was formed to make sure that all their members get into the competition even if they finish fourth!!!
With teams like AC Milan etc being frozen out of the top transfers market, their strategy will be for a guaranteed TV income at all times. It would never occur to them that attacking football may be a factor, or that Barcelona and Real Madrid destroy every competitor in Spain by buying up the heart of any challengers!
One day, perhaps UEFA will look into the way Real Madrid and Barcelona always seem to be able to outdo anyone else in the transfer market.
21 Posted 19/03/2017 at 19:42:21
We wouldn't have a cat in hells chance of winning it, especially now the top clubs take it seriously with a Champions League place to the winner.
22 Posted 19/03/2017 at 20:18:38
'Who gives a fuck about Europa League' ?
I do, I like European away days. We don't get many and they are always a blast.
23 Posted 19/03/2017 at 20:27:49
The only solution is to get into the top four this season, I'd love to see that and how soon Lukaku would take to sign a new contract if that happens.
24 Posted 19/03/2017 at 20:32:39
Well as you ask, I give a fuck, I like the trips and the beer and the general Everton in Europe fol-de-rol.
However I'll concentrate on your second 'point.'
Question Do you think we don't have a cat in hell's chance of winning the Europa League, but do have a cat in hell's chance of winning the Premier League?
I think it's fair to suggest we have no better or worse chance of winning the title than we do the Europa League and if that is fair (comment), given your 'logic', should we elbow the Europa Leagueand the Premier League and just concentrate on the two domestic cups?
25 Posted 20/03/2017 at 11:51:00
Unfortunately The Shite is the most difficult fixture. If we, and I know it is a big Leicester-esque 'if', we get wins in our next two games, it is all to play for.
With the hope that Chelsea are crowned Champions before their arrival at Goodison.
26 Posted 20/03/2017 at 23:41:34
27 Posted 21/03/2017 at 13:13:10
If we were to play Lukaku in this game, does that disqualify him from playing in Europe next season? If it does, would that devalue him, make it more likely that he will stay for another season? Or would he go on strike if selected. What would his mum say?
28 Posted 21/03/2017 at 13:44:05
29 Posted 21/03/2017 at 17:24:04