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Chelsea won the Europa League last season and the Blues also qualified for the Champions League this season, but have still dropped from 12th place in the coefficient rankings, to 14th place.
The new UEFA club coefficients are out, and Chelsea have found themselves behind some clubs in the ranking.
The Blues have dropped two places in the recently released ranking, with three teams moving ahead of them and one dropping below them.
Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur and surprisingly Borussia Dortmund have all gone ahead of Chelsea. Tottenham got to the final of the Champions League last season and their position above Chelsea could be justified, but United and Borussia Dortmund are two surprise packages that have surpassed Chelsea.
These rankings determine a club’s seeding in draws and the revenue distribution based on results in the Champions League and Europa League, and we’d explain why Chelsea’s rankings are dropping rather than going higher.
UEFA’s coefficient rankings is gotten from the scores from their previous five seasons in European competition.
For Chelsea, the Blues finished tenth in the Premier League campaign of 2015/16, and thus were without European competition at all for the 2016/17 campaign. Chelsea didn’t even feature in the Europa League, and picked zero points for that campaign while others garnered points.
The last time Manchester United were without points was during the 2014/15 campaign, which meant they had a zero on their total during last year’s coefficient rankings, but that has been striked out as 2014/15 season is not part of the last five seasons.
Hopefully, Frank Lampard’s side will go far this season and thus improve Chelsea’s coefficient rankings in the near future.