UEFA has announced the top seeds for the 2015-16 Champions League, as they roll out their new seeding system for next season.
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Previously clubs were placed into pots by their club coefficient which was calculated on their past performance in European club competitions. But in a switch, that went pretty much unnoticed until now, UEFA will now put the domestic champions of its top seven ranked nations into pot 1.
The top seeds for the UCL draw next season are: Barcelona, Chelsea, Bayern Munich, Juventus, Benfica, Paris Saint-Germain, Zenit Saint Petersburg and PSV Eindhoven.
PSV, who were crowned the Dutch champions, get in as a top seed by virtue of Barcelona and Juventus being in the UCL final and both sides have already won their domestic titles so the spot instead goes to the Dutch champions, UEFA’s eighth-ranked nation. The eight seeded teams comprise of the seven domestic champions from UEFA’s top seven ranked nations, and the winner of the previous UCL competition.
UEFA had this to say on their official website about the changes:
Previously, the pots were ordered purely by the coefficients of the competing clubs. The change was proposed in 2014 by the UEFA Club Competitions Committee before being approved by the UEFA Executive Committee. It is another decision that helps strengthen the hand of domestic title holders in the competition.
The other three pots will be set using the club coefficient rankings, which UEFA compiles based on results over the last five UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League campaigns.
There we have it. What does everyone think about the likes of Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid and Arsenal not being a top seed in their respective UCL groups next season?
I kind of like the fact that if you are the champion of your own domestic league then you get rewarded for it.