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Italy will again have four teams in the Champions League 2018/19. The final confirmation was released by UEFA, which announced the calculations relating to the UEFA ranking. The confirmation of the quarterfinals of the UEFA Champions League and the results of the UEFA Europa League have indeed established that there will be no changes in the top six positions in the UEFA rankings.

According to the review of the competition that UEFA made and announced, the first four federations of the ranking will be entitled to four spots in the group stage of the UEFA Champions League, while the federations in the fifth and sixth place will be entitled to two spots in the group stage and a place in the preliminary rounds for the teams that ended up in the third position.

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Spain, Germany, England, and Italy are confirmed in the first four places in the rankings, regardless of what will happen in the quarterfinals and regardless of the outcome of the two club competitions. Nations from the seventh to tenth place will be entitled to a place in the group stage and one in the preliminaries. Portugal, Ukraine, Belgium and Turkey are actually included in this group. The winning teams of the Czech and Swiss championships, respectively in 11th and 12th place, will instead be entitled to a place in the playoffs and a place in the group stage of the UEFA Europa League.

In the rankings for clubs calculations will change from 2018 but for the next season everything will remain completely unchanged. Real Madrid continues to lead the standings ahead of Bayern Munich with more than a ten-point lead, while Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, and Juventus are the teams who close out the top five. Among the clubs that have gained more positions, there is Monaco (which jumped from the 58th to 32nd place at the end of last season) and Leicester City, a new entry in the 56th position.