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Aupa Osasuna but may Real Madrid win the Cup

Jesus Carames

May 6, 2023 | 3:00 p.m.

Qualifying for European competitions depends on the result of the Copa del Rey final between Real Madrid and CA Osasuna

In the absence of five days to finish LaLiga, the positions that award tickets to European competitions begin to be defined. Spanish football fans often have doubts about which places give access to play the UEFA Europa League and UEFA Conference League via LaLiga. This season, the allocation of places depends on the result of the Copa del Rey final that will face Real Madrid and CA Osasuna this Saturday, May 6, 2023.

Possible scenarios depending on the Copa del Rey champion

The distribution of European places via LaLiga varies depending on the Copa del Rey champion. The possible scenarios are detailed below:

If CA Osasuna is champion of the Copa del Rey

If CA Osasuna surprises the favorite, Real Madrid, in the final of the Copa del Rey, the European qualifications via LaLiga would be distributed as follows:

  • UEFA Champions League: the first four (currently FC Barcelona, ​​Atlético de Madrid, Real Madrid and Real Sociedad).
  • UEFA Europa League: the fifth classified (Villarreal CF) and CA Osasuna as champion of the Copa del Rey.
  • UEFA Conference League: the sixth classified (Real Betis Balompié).

If Real Madrid is champion of the Copa del Rey

If Real Madrid wins the Copa del Rey and remains in the top four places in LaLiga, the European places would increase, distributed as follows:

  • UEFA Champions League: the first four (FC Barcelona, ​​Atlético de Madrid, Real Madrid and Real Sociedad).
  • UEFA Europa League: the fifth and sixth classified (Villarreal CF and Real Betis).
  • UEFA Conference League: seventh ranked.

The battle for seventh place

With this last scenario, an interesting fight would be generated for the seventh place that grants the ticket for the UEFA Conference League. Up to five teams are in a difference of only three points in the standings with five days to go. The teams involved in this fight are: Girona FC with 47 points, Athletic with 47 points, Rayo Vallecano with 46 points, CA Osasuna with 44 points and Sevilla FC with 44 points.

Interestingly, many teams, except CA Osasuna, are more interested in Real Madrid winning the Copa del Rey final, as it would allow them to fight for a spot in the UEFA Conference League.

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