Explained: The unlikely way that the Premier League can still rescue a fifth Champions League spot

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Less than two weeks ago, the Premier League was given an 84.4 per cent chance of securing a fifth Champions League spot next season – now those hopes are almost over, apart from one unlikely scenario.

The Champions League moves to a new format for the 2024/25 season, with 36 teams in the group stage rather than 32, and two of those extra places will go to the countries who have the best average performance across all three European competitions this season.

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Chris Flanagan
Senior Staff Writer

Chris joined FourFourTwo in 2015 and has reported from more than 20 countries, in places as varied as Ivory Coast and the Arctic Circle. He's interviewed Pele, Zlatan and Santa Claus (it's a long story), as well as covering the World Cup, AFCON and the Clasico. He previously spent 10 years as a newspaper journalist, and completed the 92 in 2017.