England in Europe: 2024/25 Coefficient Preview

The 2024/25 European season is quickly approaching, with 236 clubs set to compete in UEFA’s continental club competitions this season.

With the first qualifying round draws occurring on Tuesday, Extratime Talk will be providing a comprehensive coefficient preview. Between now and then, each country will be previewed, and all clubs participating in Europe for the 2024/25 season are discussed.

In these articles, we will provide analyses of what to expect from each country in Europe. We will explore what is on the line from a coefficient standpoint, and the keys to succeeding, in that country’s case.

We have reached the 54th and final article of this coefficient series, with England being under the microscope. Can they make amends for last season? Here is what to expect from the Premier League teams in Europe next season.

England in Europe: Country Profile

Previous Season Coefficient (Rank)17.375 (3rd)
Previous Season’s 5-Year Coefficient (Rank)104.303 (1st)
Starting 5-Year Coefficient (Rank)89.160 (1st)

From an English point of view, last season’s performances in Europe were considerably disappointing. At the quarterfinal stage, there were five Premier League sides. Four of those five teams fell at that round, costing England one of the two European Performance Spots. With two of the teams finishing bottom of their Champions League groups, it was a failure of a year for England.

Moving into the 2024/25 season, however, the expectations will be very high once again. The country’s ‘Big 6’ teams will be involved, and will be joined by Aston Villa. This could be a record-setting year for English teams, if they take things seriously and if all seven teams play to their potential.

England in Europe: Club Profile

ClubQualified AsRound of EntryTotal European SeasonsLast Season’s Performance5-Year Club Coefficient (2023/24)5-Year Country Coefficient Contribution, 2023/24 (%)
Manchester CityDomestic ChampionUCL League Phase24UCL Quarterfinals140.00020.643 (19.79%)
ArsenalDomestic Runner-upUCL League Phase39UCL Quarterfinals72.0009.893 (9.48%)
LiverpoolDomestic Third PlaceUCL League Phase49UEL Quarterfinals114.00015.929 (15.27%)
Aston VillaDomestic Fourth PlaceUCL League Phase17UECL Semifinals20.8602.375 (2.28%)
Manchester UnitedCup WinnerUEL League Phase47UCL Group Stage92.00013.466 (12.89%)
Tottenham HotspurDomestic Fifth PlaceUEL League Phase30N/A54.0008.500 (8.15%)
ChelseaDomestic Sixth PlaceUECL Play-off Round32N/A96.00013.714 (13.15%)

Manchester City clinched their fourth Premier League title in a row last May, and fifth in the last six years. That sees the Cityzens enter the Champions League proper directly for the eighth campaign in a row. Real Madrid their three-year run of making at least the semifinals last April. City will be one of the favourites to prevail in the competition once again.

Arsenal was denied the league title for the second straight year, finishing as runners-up. Their return of the UCL saw them reach the quarterfinals, where they bowed out to Bayern Munich. The Gunners will certainly be going all out for a maiden UCL title, nearly two decades since they reached their only final. They are a team to watch in the Champions League next fall.

Liverpool was the other team in the title race for most of the term. However, the Merseysiders dropped off close to the end, having to settle for a third place finish. They make a return to the UCL after a year in the Europa League, where they reached the quarterfinals before dropping out to eventual winners Atalanta. Liverpool’s six UCL titles is the most of any English side, proving their success in the competition.

Aston Villa will make their maiden UCL appearance under the tournament’s current guise. The Villans finished fourth ahead of Tottenham last term, claiming the last UCL spot. Unai Emery’s side reached the semifinals of the Conference League, losing the champions Olympiakos. While this is their first time in the UCL proper, they might pose a challenge for Europe’s elite.

Manchester United clinched their European spot by defeating their city rivals in the FA Cup final. They will enter the Europa League as a result, making it their second appearance in the competition in the last three years. Their last foray in the UEL saw them make the quarterfinals, where they fell to eventual winners Sevilla. Last fall’s UCL group stage was the first time since 2005/06 that the Red Devils failed to make it past the group stage in Europe.

Tottenham fell off dramatically toward the end of the season, resulting in them finishing fifth and entering the Europa League. After missing out on Europe for the 2023/24 season, Spurs’ last continental showing came in 2022/23, where they lost to AC Milan in the UCL last 16. Their last UEL appearance came in 2020/21, which saw throw away a two-goal advantage against Dinamo Zagreb in the round of 16, bowing out 3-2 on aggregate.

Chelsea is also back in Europe after not participating last term. The Blues will enter the Conference League playoff round due to United winning the FA Cup. The London-based team is England’s fourth different team in the competition, after Spurs, West Ham and Aston Villa. Having the highest club coefficient in the UECL, Chelsea will be expected to go all the way and lift the trophy in Wrocław.

England’s Season Ambition

For England, the ambition for the 2024/25 season will not only to be in the top two of the seasonal coefficient, but to obtain the highest coefficient altogether. Given the teams they have in Europe next term, there is no excuse for them to collapse like last season. Everything points to them having a huge season in Europe. It is now a matter of them proving it.

As for what we can expect from England from a coefficient perspective, they should be aiming to hit a total close to 25.000 points. That would be the record, and is more than attainable for the English sides next season. Last campaign saw them fail to hit the 20.000-point mark for the first time since 2019/20. They will surely aim to change that next season.

What a Successful Season Would Look Like for England

For England, a successful year would be having all of their teams in the knockout rounds, and ideally at least five teams in the quarterfinals again. Depending on how the UCL teams do in the league phase, the chance of their being more than five teams in the quarterfinals increases considerably. Beyond, at least one team winning a European trophy should also be the goal.

As for the coefficients, a successful season for England is anything 22.000 or higher. They can certainly not afford to obtain only 17.375 points like they did last term. The standards are understandably high for England: it is now just a matter of whether they can live up to it.

What to Expect From England in 2024/25

In 1989/90, Italy became the first and, to this date, only country to see their clubs win the three club competitions. This is by far the best chance for any country to do the same since then.

Speaking with Elias Burke from The Athletic, he thinks there is a real chance of England doing a clean sweep in 2024/25. “If there’s any chance of (England completing the clean sweep) happening, next year’s probably as good as it gets,” Burke said. While he thinks that such a thing is most certainly possible, he described it as “a massive ask.”

When asked about last season’s collapse from the Premier League clubs in Europe, Burke did see it as surprising. “There was some shock that it didn’t happen,” he said, referring to England’s inability earn a European Performance Spot last term. “There was expectation that the Premier League would produce five teams in the Champions League for next season.”

I think that next year there is the expectation that the Premier League will come back stronger and compete at the latter stages of the UEFA club competitions,” Burke explained when asked about whether the English can bounce back from last year.

Burke is definitely correct about England’s expectations going into next season. They seldom can afford another year like 2023/24. While there will be pressure on the seven English sides, there should be expectations that England returns to the top of the seasonal the coefficient. Anything less would have to be seen as a massive shock.

Do watch out for the Premier League teams in Europe next term. We could very well end up witnessing something truly special from the seven teams next campaign. If the seven English sides take things seriously, be aware: We will be in for a very good year in the UEFA club competitions in the 2024/25 season.

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