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2019-20 Champions League pots revealed: PSV & Ajax profit from Arsenal’s Europa League final loss


Impact of Arsenal’s Europa League final loss

Had Arsenal beaten Chelsea in the Europa League final, the Gunners would have been in pot 1 for the 2019-20 Champions League group phase.

After losing, though, Arsenal face another year of Europa League matches.

Moreover, Arsenal’s defeat to Chelsea has had far-reaching consequences for next year’s Champions League.

To begin with, Lyon have benefitted from Arsenal’s loss to Chelsea, as the Ligue 1 side has now qualified for the Champions League group phase.


PSV & Ajax profit too

Ajax, who lost to Spurs in this season’s Champions League semi-final, won the Dutch title ahead of PSV.

As a result, Ajax will enter the 2019-20 Champions League in the third round of qualifiers.

Arsenal’s loss on Wednesday has also affected the Amsterdam giants as, provided they win their qualifier, Ajax will be placed in pot 2 for the Champions League group draw.

PSV have also benefitted from Chelsea’s win.

Had the Blues lost to Arsenal, PSV would have started their Champions League qualifiers in round one.

Now PSV start their UCL campaign in round two, where the Dutch side know they’ll face either FC Basel or Olympiakos.


2019-20 Champions League pots

As revealed by ESPN, the 2019-20 Champions League pots are now almost finalised.

Chelsea have joined Man City in pot 1 for next season’s draw.

If Tottenham win the Champions League final on Saturday night, Spurs will also be in pot 1.

Alternatively, Liverpool will be in pot 1 if they triumph in Madrid.

As things stand today, the 4 pots for the 2019-20 Champions League are as follows (note – if a team is in bold, that’s because their pot is guaranteed):

POT 1: Liverpool or Tottenham, Chelsea, Barcelona, Manchester City, Juventus, Bayern Munich, Paris Saint-Germain, Zenit St Petersburg

POT 2 (provisional): Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, FC Porto*, Liverpool or Tottenham, Borussia Dortmund, Napoli, Shakhtar Donetsk, Ajax*

POT 3 (provisional)Benfica, Dynamo Kiev*, Lyon, Bayer Leverkusen, FC Salzburg, Valencia, Inter Milan, Celtic*

POT 4 (provisional)FC Copenhagen*, Dinamo Zagreb*, Lokomotiv Moscow, Genk, Galatasaray, RB Leipzig, Atalanta, Lille

*denotes must go through qualifying

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