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Let’s look at the updated list of 16 teams that have officially qualified for the Champions League group phase for the 2022/2023 season. There will be no Manchester United (MU) in the Champions League next season. Because, MU has no chance of finishing in the top four of the Premier League standings.
United no longer have a chance to be in the top four of the Premier League standings after losing to Brighton in week 36. The Red Devils lost 4-0. With 58 points, MU can not catch Arsenal who are now in fourth position.
MU’s absence certainly gets more attention. Because, the Champions League lost one of its legends, namely Cristiano Ronaldo. If he doesn’t move from Manchester United, then the all-time top scorer will be absent from the Champions League.
MU is absent, but that doesn’t mean the 2022/2023 Champions League isn’t interesting. There are still many other top clubs who have definitely qualified for the Champions League. So far, there have been 16 teams that have qualified for the Champions League group stage.
Like the Premier League, which sent two representatives to the Champions League semifinals for the 2021/2022 season. Liverpool then qualified for the final. The Reds will return to compete in the group phase of the Champions League for the 2022/2023 season.
Besides Liverpool, Man City will also appear in the Champions League next season. This will be another chance for Pep Guardiola to dispel the notion that he can win without Lionel Messi in the team he coaches.
The Premier League will send two other representatives in the Champions League. The two representatives will be contested by Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham and West Ham. Manchester United has no chance of qualifying for the Champions League.
Like the Premier League, La Liga will also send four representatives in the 2022/2022 Champions League season. Real Madrid, finalists for the 2021/2022 season, will definitely compete in the Champions League next season.
Madrid are La Liga champions this season and will automatically qualify for next season’s Champions League group stage. Apart from Madrid, Barcelona has also definitely qualified for the Champions League. Barcelona will try to improve the record of this 2021/2022 season which failed in the group phase.
The other two Spanish representatives will be contested by four teams: Sevilla, Atletico Madrid, Real Betis and Real Sociedad. However, there will be no Villarreal in the Champions League next season after having impressed this season.
Unlike the Premier League and La Liga, the four representatives of Serie A who will play in the Champions League have been determined. AC Milan and Inter Milan who are competing for the Scudetto title are sure to qualify.
Napoli, who are now in third place, will also appear in the Champions League. The fourth team from Serie A to qualify for the Champions League is Juventus. With two games remaining, Juventus are seven points clear of Lazio who are below them and are impossible to overtake.