UEFA confirms changes to how teams will be seeded.
UEFA have cconfirmed changes to the seeding system for next year’s Champions League which will affect how the top seeds are determined, Sky Sports reports.
The previous system, which relied on European results over the last five years, has been scrapped and replaced with a new one that gives precedence to teams winning their domestic titles.
It means no country can possibly have more than two teams in the top set of seeds.
The winners of the 2014-15 Champions League will be joined as top seeds by the winners of the titles in England, Spain, Italy, France, Portugal, Germany and Russia.
If the Champions League winner is also their domestic league winner, then the champions of the eighth-ranked association Holland – PSV Eindhoven – would be added to the list of top seeds despite only ranking 30th in the UEFA club coefficient list.
With Chelsea well on their way to winning the Premier League, it will mean Arsenal and Manchester United dropping into the second pot of seeds if they qualify for next year’s tournament.
We could also be seeing one of either Real Madrid or Barcelona in pot 2 unless one wins the league and the other wins this season’s Champions League.