Beaten last night in the second leg of 3e preliminary qualifying round for the Champions League, AS Monaco was transferred to the Europa League. A very bad result which could hurt French football in the coming years.
In Monaco, European disillusions follow one another. After being beaten in the Champions League play-offs last year by Chakhtar Donetsk (3-2 on aggregate), this time the Monegasques will not even see the play-offs. Beaten by PSV Eindhoven last night (3-2 after extra time) in the return match of 3e preliminary round, ASM are eliminated after a 1-1 draw in the first leg. If the defeat is painful for the Principality club, it could be even more so for French football.
Indeed, the French UEFA index is not the best, and the 5e place in the championship standings could be threatened this season, especially by the Netherlands.
Soon more than a direct place in LDC?
If France were to fall in the UEFA ranking, the number of European places, for the Champions League in particular, would drop sharply. With the reform of the latter, Ligue 1 would currently have 3 qualifying places, plus one in the play-offs, i.e. 4 possible French clubs per edition. Today, France counts 49,997 points, ahead of the Netherlands (48,100) and Portugal (45,549). But unlike Portugal, France will only have two clubs in the Champions League group stages, Paris and Marseilleswhile the Sporting Portugal and Porto will also participate, and that Benfica is still in the play-offs.
But it will also be necessary to count on the other tricolor clubs competing in other European competitions: Monaco, Nantes and Rennes in the Europa League, Nice in the Europa Conference League. If the performances are worse than the Portuguese and the Dutch, and if the latter were to overtake France in the UEFA index, Ligue 1 will then only have one place for the new 2024 Champions League, as well as a ticket for the play-offs.