Manchester City’s 1-0 Carabao Cup final win is good news for Arsenal and Tottenham Hotpsur.
That’s despite the latter being on the wrong side of the aforementioned scoreline at Wembley Stadium on Sunday afternoon as Aymeric Laporte scored the only goal of the game at Wembley Stadium.
As a result of City lifting the trophy for a fourth year in a row, the race for European football qualification has become a bit more clearer.
However, as revealed by football.london earlier in the month, with the introduction of a third UEFA club tournament next season, the Europa Conference League (UECL), things are a little complicated this year.
UEFA’s newest tournament was announced before a ball was kicked this season and qualification for it was simple.
The winners of the League Cup have a spot in the UECL.
If Spurs had won then European football would have been guaranteed next season no matter the final Premier League table.
However, as Man City emerged victorious, it means the UECL place drops to the next eligible team in the Premier League.
This is because Pep Guaridola’s side have already sealed a place in the Champions League for next season via their position in the top-flight of English football.
Furthermore, with Leicester City and Chelsea contesting the FA Cup final, another European spot will almost certainly open up as both teams are on course to finish in the top five at the very least.
This means the UECL place could go to the team that finishes seventh as long as the FA Cup AND League Cup winners finish in the top five.
In this scenario, the sixth-placed team will enter Europa League and the reward for finishing seventh is a spot in the Europa Conference League.
Should Chelsea or Leicester City finish in the top four and win the FA Cup, then the fifth-place will also get Europa League football next season.
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Currently, Spurs sit seventh in the Premier League table and are on course to be playing in Europe next season thanks to the team that denied them a first piece of silverware since 2008.
As for Arsenal, they are seven points behind their north London rivals with a game in hand and have a lot of work to do in order to seal a top-seven finish.
With that said, the Gunners will be playing Champions League football in 2021/22 provided they overcome Villarreal plus one of Manchester United or Roma to lift the Europa League trophy next month.