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Boost For Premier League As UEFA Announce Changes To Champions League

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Uefa stopped short of guaranteeing captive places for certain big clubs, another possibility which, sources said, was privately discussed in meetings over the past few months.

Spurs' draw also seemed relatively kind and in Monaco they will be facing a side they beat 4-1 at home in the Europa League group stages last season.

But that will change for 2018/19, 2019/20 and 2020/21 with the best performing four leagues in Europe - now Spain, Germany, England and Italy - all having four teams entered automatically.

UEFA has also confirmed that the Europa League winners will now automatically qualify for the Champions League group stage.

It was also understood that UEFA and the European Club Association (ECA) met and discussed a variety of options to ward off the threat of a Super League. Italy only have two places guaranteed (plus one play-off position). Serie A have just two spots following Roma's elimination by Porto. Currently, the Europa victor can be made to qualify through the playoffs.

The draw for the Champions League group stages has set.

Some have suggested the Blues have once again been given a "Group of Death" scenario - but he says everyone at the club is pleased, even though they recognise the difficulty of the task they face.

After leaving the Nou Camp, the former Spain midfielder took charge of German side Bayern Munich and lost to his former side in the 2014-15 Champions League semi-finals.

UEFA has yet to resolve how the changes will have a knock-on effect on smaller clubs' access to the Champions League groups.

Currently, 22 of the 32 slots are guaranteed to teams from 12 different leagues, including titleholders from Belgium, Switzerland, and Turkey.

The full allocation list for both the Champions League and the Europa League will be announced by the end of the year.

A subsidiary company, the UEFA Club Competitions SA, is to be created to manage UEFA's club competitions. That means, according to European football's governing body, that a new four-pillar financial distribution system will see "sporting performances better rewarded, while market pool share will decrease".

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