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Who could miss Champions League if tables don’t change?

UEFA Champions League

MADRID, SPAIN - MAY 03: Diego Costa of Atletico Madrid reacts after scoring the first goal during the UEFA Europa League Semi Final second leg match between Atletico Madrid and Arsenal FC at Estadio Wanda Metropolitano on May 3, 2018 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

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Atletico Madrid outside the UEFA Champions League?

That would be the case if La Liga does not return this season and the Spanish Football Federation’s plan is used, with European places awarded on the table as it stands.

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Atleti is just two points back of third-place Sevilla but sits sixth on the congested table and would head to the Europa League, ending a six-season run in the UCL.

Who else would miss out on the Champions League if the tables remain as they were when the league paused for the coronavirus pandemic.

Roma, Napoli, and AC Milan would not take part in the UCL, sitting fifth throughs seventh in Serie A. They’d join Spurs and Arsenal, the latter of whom wouldn’t play in Europe at all.

Lyon and Schalke currently sit outside the UCL places, while Feyenoord and PSV Eindhoven would also lose their places. CSKA Moscow and Dynamo Kiev, too.

Of course this assumes that UEFA doesn’t use a different method for awarding European places, like past participation and success in the tournament.