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How Chelsea could be robbed of Champions League place even if they finish fourth

Chelsea may not qualify for the Champions League next season- even if they finish fourth in the Premier League.

England could have five teams on the Champions League. UEFA qualification rules grant four automatic Champions League group stage spots to the four-best-performing counties, however, from 2014-15, the Winners of the Europa League have, like the Champions League holders, automatically earned a place in Europe’s major competition.

However, the maximum number of places any country can have is five.

In theory, it’s possible Tottenham could win the Champions League and Arsenal the Europa League. It’s also possible Manchester United and Chelsea bag the final top four places. In that scenario, say United pip the Blues into third, Maurizio Sarri and Co would be the unfortunate victims of a cruel twist of fate.

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