Khimki or Dynamo will play in the Europa League: it all depends on Zenit and the Cup
Either Khimki or Dynamo will play in the Europa League
A memo on the application of our clubs to the European Cups.
Next season, six teams from Russia will play in European competition. Zenit and Lokomotiv go directly to the Champions League group stage, and the third team (Krasnodar or CSKA) – to the 3rd qualifying round. The bronze medalist will need to go through two teams to get into the group, and in case of elimination from any of the two opponents, he will go straight to the LE group.
In addition, Russia has three more tickets to the Europa League:
– to the UEL group stage;
– in the 3rd qualifying round;
– in the 2nd qualifying round.
The most valuable ticket (directly to the LE group) goes to the winner of the Russian Cup. Zenit and Khimki will meet in the final on July 25. If the Moscow Region team wins, it will play at least six matches in the Europa League next season. At the draw, Khimki will have a coefficient of 9.109 (Russia’s coefficient) and will be placed in either the third or fourth basket.
If Zenit takes the Russian Cup, then all tickets to European cups will be distributed according to the RPL table. In this case, the fourth team in the league will go straight to the group stage. The fifth RPL team – in the 3rd qualifying round (two opponents will need to pass to the LE group). The sixth RPL team – to the 2nd qualifying round (three opponents will need to pass to the LE group). Last year Tula “Arsenal” stumbled on the first of three (Baku “Neftchi”).
After Dynamo’s victory in Krasnodar, Muscovites guaranteed themselves the sixth line. Thus, either Dynamo or Khimki will go to the Europa League. If Khimki, then immediately into the group. If Dynamo, then in the 2nd qualifying round, and the first match will take place approximately on September 17th. None of our teams will play in European competition before mid-September (judging by the UEFA provisional calendar). So far, it is planned that the qualifying rounds of the Champions League and UEL will consist of one match, and not according to the standard “home / away” scheme.
Recall that this RPL season is the last, when Russia delegates six teams at once to the European cups (3 in the Champions League, 3 in the LE). Starting next season, our clubs will compete for five tickets to European cups (2 in the Champions League, 3 in the LE). This happened because Russia in the club rankings lost the sixth line to Portugal. In the 2018/2019 season, our coefficient was only 7.583 points – the worst indicator in 9 years. In the 2019/2020 season, our clubs collectively scored 4,666 points, the worst in 17 years.