“Manchester United, Chelsea, Tottenham and Manchester City are all confirmed to take part in this year’s group stage”
The governing body’s coefficient rankings system is based on results over five seasons in both the Champions League and Europa League.
Clubs gain points for winning matches and get more for success in the knockout rounds rather than the group stage, and more for the Champions League, rather than the Europa League.
Teams also benefit with 20% of their association’s coefficient over the previous five years – so sides from countries with a track record of European success benefit, even if they haven’t contributed themselves.
Tomorrow sees the draw for the Champions League group stage at 5pm in Monaco, with Manchester United, Chelsea, Tottenham and Manchester City all confirmed to take part.
They will be joined by Liverpool, should the Reds overcome Hoffenheim in tonight’s play-off round.
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