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UEFA confirm dramatic new changes to Champions League format

Carl Markham

Published 26/08/2016 | 09:58

The Premier League is set to have four teams qualifying automatically for the Champions League group stage from the 2018-19 season.

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UEFA announced at a press conference on Friday that Europe's leading leagues in their co-efficient rankings - currently the Premier League, Spain's LaLiga, Germany's Bundesliga and Italy's Serie A - will all have automatic qualification for top-four finishers.

Under the current system there are automatic spots for the top three English, Spanish and German clubs, with a fourth having to qualify through a play-off.

In Italy only the top two qualify automatically with third contesting a play-off, which their clubs have failed to negotiate for the last three seasons.

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