Is the Europa League slowly becoming the new Champions League? As various major European leagues draw to a close, teams are still aiming to qualify for the two biggest European competitions, the Champions League and the Europa League.
Various leagues have become extra competitive and have produced new champions such as the Serie A and Scottish Leagues.
The Europa League will be extra competitive next season as a result of this changes in major leagues across Europe. Various famous teams may fail to qualify for the Champions League and play in the Europa League making it tougher. Some of these big names include the following:
The outgoing Premier League champions have had a tough season with injuries and poor performance. They currently lie in 6th position and will seemingly miss out on Champions League position if they fail to dislodge Leicester City with 4 games to go. Former Champions League winner 2 years ago gracing the Europa league will surely raise its status.
The outgoing Italian champions are looking more and more likely to miss out on Champions League football next season after having a turbulent season. After winning the league for 9 consecutive seasons they were finally dislodged by Inter Milan this season. They currently lie 5th with 3 games to go and if they fail to win all of those then they will be in the Europa League. The sight of Ronaldo scoring in the Europa League will be elevating.
PSG have not had the best of seasons. The past 10 years PSG has won the league 9 times. It seems they will miss out on this one after Lille continue their winning streak. PSG poor form might make it hard to qualify for the Champions League as Monaco and Lyon are all on their tail with two games to go. If they fail to hold on to their position then they will drop to the Europa League and boost the cups allure.
The German side boost one of the best youngest side in Europe and the best youngest striker in the world right now. But their fortune in the League has been inconsistent. Dortmund are in 4th position but risk being dislodged by Frankfurt who are a point behind. With Dortmund inconsistent in the League they risk losing out on Champions League football and drop to the Europa League next season.
Spurs sacked their manager Jose Mourinho after a string of poor results which has seen them drop off the Champions League contention. Mathematically they can only strive to achieve the Europa League after being beaten by Leads. However, they still face competition from Everton.
The Italian giants are also struggling to attain the Champions League football next season. However, they still have control of their fate as they currently lie in 3rd position two points ahead of former champions Juventus. If they manage to hold on to the position they will be in the Champions League but if they falter like they have been doing then they will drop into the Europa League.
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