Cape Town - Italy
have received a boost ahead of the 2018/19 campaign with news that UEFA
have rewarded the Serie A with an extra Champions League spot.
In the wake of the news, English Premier league clubs can breathe a
sigh of relief knowing their qualification process remains the same -
after fears they may lose their fourth spot.
The decision to award spots to certain leagues are based on a points
coefficients system established by the association - that is measured by
success between the 2012/13 season to the 2016/17 season.
The following statement was released by UEFA: "Under the
revised access lists for the revamped European club competitions from
2018, the top four nations in the association rankings will each receive
four guaranteed places in the UEFA Champions League group stage while
those countries ranked fifth and six gain two group berths plus a
qualifying spot for the club finishing third.
"Spain, Germany, England and Italy are confirmed as the top four
associations regardless of what happens in the quarter-finals and beyond
of the two club competitions.
"And despite ending last season in fifth place, Portugal have fallen
outside the top six and with all their clubs now out of Europe will not
be able to overtake France or Russia."