7th place in La Liga earns a Europa League spot thanks to El Clasico Copa del Rey final
by Tom Conn | Posted on Thursday, February 13th, 2014
The ‘El Clasico’ final between Real Madrid and Barcelona opens up a spot for the seventh place La Liga side a qualifying place in next year’s Europa League.
Real Madrid and Barcelona will play in the final of the Copa del Rey, with the winner being guarenteed a spot in the Europa League, however, considering both clubs will undoubtedly be in the Champions Leauge next season, the abandoned Europa League spot doesn’t fall to the semi-finalists, say Real Sociedad, but to La Liga.
Therefore, the club who finishes in seventh place in La Liga will benefit from the El Clasico final and earn a spot in next season’s European competition.
The scenario was the same last season, as Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid played in the final, but due to the sanctions of Malaga and Rayo, it fell to the ninth place Sevilla.
As it stands now, both Sevilla and Valencia share the 7th place spot in La Liga, but will face each other this weekend.