Royal Society | Europa League: Operation return

Donostia – It’s only been five weeks, a little over a month. Specifically, 36 days during which the Real season has been devoid of incentives. They remain that of the League and that of the final of La Cartuja, two highlights, but the recent baggage is what it is. On January 13 the Super Cup disappeared, in Córdoba against Barcelona. On the 26th of the same month the current edition of the Copa del Rey escaped, in Seville against Betis. And Turin attended on Thursday the virtual elimination of the txuri-urdin team in the Europa League, no matter how much the second leg remains. The Imanol campaign starts to focus on very specific focuses. On the one hand, win a title on April 3. On the other, return to continental competitions next year, a goal that will be at stake from tomorrow.

Alavés will visit Anoeta (4.15pm), in a match corresponding to matchday 24 and that Real faces from a very good qualifying situation. It is fifth, in the Europa League, with 38 points. He has five income on Betis, seventh and that today would enter the new Conference League. And it leads by eight to Granada, the first of the teams that occupy non-European places.

The distribution of continental tickets could be conditioned, yes, if the 2020-21 Cup ends up being won by the representative of the Levante-Athletic semifinal. Except for a capital surprise, Seville or Barcelona will obtain their respective tickets through the League. Valencians and Biscayns, however, see in winning the trophy their easiest path to the Europa League itself. If successful, only the fifth in the table would accompany them to the aforementioned tournament, leaving the very unattractive Conference League for the sixth. In dealing with these matters, it should also be remembered, finally, that the pending cup final between Real and Athletic does not put any European place at stake: both clubs renounced this privilege by delaying the match a year ago, with a view to trying to celebrate it with an audience in the stands.

Regulatory issues aside, the Real now has in its hand to add regularly on Saturdays and Sundays, already stripped of continental obligations (beyond the Old Trafford process). The team is facing a final stretch of the season with clean weeks, time to work and enough oxygen to maintain its cruising speed in the League. If he kept it, it would be very strange if he did not repeat the next year in the Europa League, obtaining a classification whose merit would be beyond all doubt.

in anoeta Taking as a reference the move to Anoeta as the start of the modern era, we observe that the stadium has seen the achievement of European tickets in 1998, 2003, 2013, 2014, 2017 and 2020. That is, six times in 28 years. Only on one occasion have two consecutive tickets been linked, but that has its nuance, because the Real de Jagoba Arrasate that competed in the Champions League saw the subsequent summer how Krasnodar got off it in the second preview of the Europa League.

In any case, the sporting importance of playing continental competitions next year may even remain in the background if we go on to analyze the economic relevance of the passport. The League aims to conclude in May without any spectators having stepped on a stadium, totally affected by the pandemic, in a circumstance that has been noted in the teams’ budget. But the money provided by entering Europe mitigates the effects of this situation on the accounts of a club like Real. Thus, overcoming the two seasons of the covid-19 with continental classifications would give the txuri-urdin club a very important advantage for the future, compared to teams that are currently worse off in the table.

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Case 1 general rule

It would apply if the 2020-21 Cup champion is a team not classified for Europe via the League (possibly the winner of the Levante-Athletic semifinal).

Champions League. The first four classified in the table enter the group stage without the need for priors.

Europa League. The fifth classified in the League and the Cup champion go directly to the group stage of the Europa League.

Conference League. The sixth classified in the League enters the new continental tournament, having to play a previous tie (August 19 and 26) to the autumn league.

case 2 The exeption

It would apply if the 2020-21 Cup champion is a team classified for Europe via the League (possibly the winner of the Barcelona-Seville semifinal).

Champions League. The first four classified in the table enter the group stage without the need for priors.

Europa League. The fifth and sixth place in the League go directly to the group stage of the Europa League.

Conference League. The seventh classified in the League enters the new continental tournament, having to play a preliminary tie (August 19 and 26) to the league that runs until December.

If the winner of the Levante-Athletic semifinal wins the 2020-21 Cup, it is very possible that the seventh in the League will be left without a continental prize

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There are only two passports at stake for the Europa League, since next year a third tournament will be born, the Conference League

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