UEFA confirm three extra Champions League clubs with Newcastle United watching closely


Newcastle United will be hoping their fellow Premier League competitors perform well in Europe next season to better their own chances of qualifying for the UEFA Champions League.

UEFA have announced the Champions League will no longer include a group stage for its first round of the competition. Instead, a new 'Swiss League' format shall be introduced which sees teams play eight fixtures instead of six home and away for the 2024/25 season.

Manchester City, Arsenal, Liverpool and Aston Villa all secured their spot after a top-four finish this season, with Tottenham Hotspur narrowly missing out due to England's poor performance in Europe when it comes to the co-efficient rankings.

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Spurs therefore dropped into the UEFA Europa League and it looked as though Newcastle United were heading for a UEFA Conference League spot before Manchester United beat Pep Guardiola's side in the FA Cup final at Wembley to nab the final spot.

Next season, however, the Magpies will be hoping fellow English clubs can do them a favour by securing a fifth UEFA Champions League spot due to their performances in European competitions. Manchester City and Arsenal both crashed out at the quarter-final stage, having been beaten by Real Madrid and Bayern Munich respectively.

Italy and Germany were therefore awarded an extra spot each due to the performances seen by Fiorentina and Borussia Dortmund, with French side Brest also capitalising overall with France also handed a further space.

The final spot shall be awarded through the champions' qualifying path which will be extended from four to five teams next season. This club has not been decided yet but will be chosen after four qualifying rounds.