Why Italy still don't know if they have five or six Champions League places next season

Atalanta's Italian coach Gian Piero Gasperini (C) and his players celebrate winning the trophy after the UEFA Europa League final football match between Atalanta and Bayer Leverkusen at the Dublin Arena stadium, in Dublin, on May 22, 2024. Atalanta won 3-0. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP) (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)
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Italy’s Serie A could have as many as six representatives in the Champions League next season; an unprecedented number of sides from a single country.

Like the Premier League, Italy have previously usually earned four Champions League places thanks to their strong coefficient – the score given to each country by UEFA based on performance in continental competition.

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Steven Chicken

Steven Chicken has been working as a football writer since 2009, taking in stints with Football365 and the Huddersfield Examiner. Steven still covers Huddersfield Town home and away for his own publication, WeAreTerriers.com. Steven is a two-time nominee for Regional Journalist of the Year at the prestigious British Sports Journalism Awards, making the shortlist in 2020 and 2023.