TOTTENHAM’S Europa Conference League exit has seen English clubs slip behind their French and Dutch counterparts in Uefa’s rankings.
And the slide down the list could deal a huge blow to Premier League seedings in future European competitions.
It was confirmed on Thursday that Spurs had been axed from the Conference League after ‘forfeiting’ their clash with Rennes.
The match was canned after a Covid outbreak in Tottenham’s camp.
And Uefa have ruled that Rennes are 3-0 winners by default, meaning Antonio Conte’s men are no longer in Europe this term.
Because Tottenham have failed to reach the knockout stages, they picked up just six coefficient points for the Premier League in Uefa’s seasonal rankings.
The Londoners are also ranked 82nd in all of Europe for the current campaign.
And Spurs’ poor showing means the average Uefa ranking for Premier League teams in Europe has been dragged down.
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The English top flight is now behind France’s Ligue 1 and Holland’s Eredivisie.
That’s despite seeing Liverpool, Chelsea and the two Manchester sides reach the last 16 of the Champions League.
West Ham also remain in the Europa League, while Leicester dropped into the Conference League.
But Tottenham’s dire performance on the Uefa coefficients could see them get a lower seeding in future competition draws.
And the five-year rolling coefficient also affects the nation, so English teams could feel a knock-on effect down the line too.
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In the long-term, this may threaten the Premier League’s four Champions League spots.
According to Uefa: “The number of teams that each association enters into the UEFA Champions League is based upon the UEFA coefficients of the member associations.
“These coefficients are generated by the results of clubs representing each association during the previous five Champions League and UEFA Cup/Europa League seasons.”