The Premier League has gained an extra place in European competition next season after Chelsea stormed to the FA Cup final.

Chelsea beat Crystal Palace 2-0 in Sunday’s FA Cup semi-final at Wembley to set up a date with Liverpool – who beat Manchester City 3-2 a day earlier – on May 14.

The move means that the Premier League’s seventh-placed side this season will be placed in the Europa Conference League.

The winner of the FA Cup automatically earns a spot in the Europa League and Thomas Tuchel’s side look set to secure a third position in the Premier League; an outing that will see them qualify for next season’s Champions League.

That means there would be a Europa League spot up for grabs, with that going to the sixth-placed top-flight side now. Had Crystal Palace won the FA Cup, they would have joined the fifth-placed Premier League side in Europe’s second tier.


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