La Liga remains way out in the lead of the European body’s league rankings, but a strong season for Serie A clubs could see the nation close on another continental place
Serie A’s quest to wrest a fourth Champions League spot off the Premier League remains alive, though Sergio Aguero’s last-minute winner stopped the Italians from closing further in the Uefa coefficients table.
The Argentine’s strike clinched a 2-1 win for Manchester City over Borussia Monchengladbach, which coupled with Manchester United’s win over Wolfsburg helped balance out the defeats of Arsenal and Chelsea on Tuesday.
As a result England remains in third place over the Italians, on 66.1 and 61.9 points respectively, though the projected gap for next season is just 0.4 points in England’s favour.
The gap has closed noticeably since the end of the 2014-15 season, helped by Juventus’ journey to the Champions League final where they eventually lost out to Barcelona.
Italy gained 5.5 coefficient points thanks to that success, raising hopes of regaining third place in the standings and the extra European place.
Far out in front is La Liga, unsurprisingly given that Spanish clubs have enjoyed a monopoly on both continental competitions for the last two years.
Spain’s top flight boasts 86.9 points, over 18 clear of nearest challenger, Germany’s Bundesliga.