Originally Posted by Doberman
Only going off what the ESPN bloke said on twitter:
To confirm. #ucl groups Man C, Man U, Arsenal, Chelsea. Europa groups: Spurs. Final qual round: Newcastle (Aug 23). 3rd q: Liverpool (Aug 2)..
I'm not reading that wrong am I?
You're reading it right, I just thought the FA Cup place would be higher than the League Cup place.
From Premier League site:
There are three places in the UEFA Europa League available: the FA Cup winners will enter at the Group Stage; the fifth place team in the Barclays Premier League will enter at the Play-Off stage; and the Football League Cup winners will enter at the Q3 stage.
In the event the FA Cup winners are qualified for the UEFA Champions League the FA Cup runners-up will qualify, but in the place reserved for the lowest ranking Barclays Premier League representative. The place with direct access to the Group Stage will be given to the club that finishes in the highest position in the Barclays Premier League of the clubs qualifying for the UEFA Europa League.
English winners of the UEFA Europa League will enter at the Group Stage, gaining an extra domestic place only if they fail to qualify through other means for the UEFA Champions League or UEFA Europa League. If the holders of the UEFA Europa League have already qualified for Europe, no extra domestic place will be gained.
Should the FA Cup winners, runners-up (if applicable) and the Football League Cup winners already have qualified for Europe, their place goes to the next best placed clubs in the Premier League.
So Spurs finished highest in the league, so they get Group Stage. Runners up of FA Cup get lowest stage of entry, which is equal to the normal entry stage of the Carling Cup winners. Newcastle get the normal placement for 5th placed team.