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Real Madrid Not Guaranteed A Top Seed For Champions League Next Season

Champions League trophyUEFA has changed how it will seed teams for next season’s Champions League and that could be bad news for both Real Madrid and Atletico. Currently, top-seeded teams are the eight highest-ranked in a five-year results cycle in UEFA competitions.

Under the new rules, the top seeds will go to national league winners plus this years Champions League winner.

Based on current standings Arsenal, Atletico Madrid and Porto would drop from being a top seed, into pot two.

Real Madrid would also drop down if Barcelona wins the Champions League and Spanish league, because if the Champions League winner also wins its national title, then the eighth top-seeded team is the Dutch champions.That is PSV Eindhoven, which is only 30th in UEFA’s club standings. Considering that three of the four semi-finalists are leading their respective leagues, the odds that PSV will be a top seed are pretty good.

The new system should elevate Juventus, Zenit St Petersburg and PSG.

If things stayed as they are in Europe, the top seeds next season would be:

  • Barcelona
  • Bayern Munich
  • Chelsea
  • Juventus
  • PSG
  • Zenit
  • Benfica
  • Champions League Winner