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Barcelona Top UEFA 2018/19 Club Coefficient Despite Champions League Exit To Liverpool

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Barcelona Top UEFA 2018/19 Club Coefficient Despite Champions League Exit To Liverpool

Barcelona once again failed to win the Champions League but the Catalan giants still top UEFA's Season club coefficients for the 2018/2019 season.

Lionel Messi said at the beginning of last season that Barcelona's main aim for the season was to bring the Champions League title home for the first time in four years but they fell short of that.

Barca did get further than in the previous few seasons when they reached the semi final but, for the second season in a row, they blew a three goal lead after the first leg and were knocked out.

Despite that they topped UEFA's season club coefficient with their victors and Champions League winners Liverpool down in third.

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UEFA's top 20 this season. Image: UEFA.com
UEFA's top 20 this season. Image: UEFA.com

Barca did top their group with Spurs, Inter and PSV, winning four games and drawing two, before beating Lyon in the last 16 and Manchester United in the quarter finals.

They beat Liverpool at the Nou Camp 3-0 in the first leg and looked certain to go through but the Reds won 4-0 at Anfield to overturn the score and get into the final for the second year in a row.

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It was the second consecutive season that Barca had thrown away a three goal first leg lead after beating Roma 4-1 in the quarter finals in 2017/18 only to lose 3-0 at the Stadio Olimpico and lose on aggregate.

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The Reds would go on to beat Spurs in the final in Madrid and the two Premier League sides take 3rd and sixth on the list but aren't the top English club.

UEFA don't doll out more points for the Champions League than the Europa League so Chelsea actually sit in second for their victory in the lesser European competition.

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Much to the delight of Arsenal fans that fact also means they place ahead of north London rivals Spurs after losing in the Europa final to the Blues.

Chelsea with the Europa League win. Image: PA Images
Chelsea with the Europa League win. Image: PA Images

UEFA's coefficients are based on the past five years though so Real Madrid's three Champions League wins in a row still put them top, despite crashing out to Ajax in the last 16 last season.

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Topics: Manchester City, Spurs, Liverpool, Football News, Eintracht Frankfurt, Chelsea, Europa League, Barcelona, UEFA, Ajax, Arsenal, Champions League, La Liga

Ryan Sidle
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