Tottenham Hotspur have contributed to the downfall of Italian football as from 2012 Italy will only have three teams participating in the Champions League.
From the 2012 – 2013 season the Italians will only have three teams qualifying for a Champions League spot and the fourth will be rewarded with a Europa League position, this is because Germany now out rank Italy in the UEFA coefficients rankings. Germany will have three teams automatically qualify for Europe elite competition and the full place team will go in to a playoff the same as we have here in England.
Germany currently stand behind England and Spain in the coefficient ranking with 68,103 points, having extended their lead over Italy (59,981) to 8,122 points. Due to in this season’s competitions in Europe the Italians will no longer be able to overtake Germany this year. Sampdoria were knocked out in the qualifying stages, champions Inter Milan only managed to finish second in their group behind the mighty Spurs. AC Milan lost the first leg of their knockout match against Tottenham and Inter Milan also lost their first leg knockout round match.
DFL chief Reinhard Rauball said he was confident Germany could eventually move even higher in the rankings.
“With a little patience I am convinced we can overtake the (Spanish) Primera Division in the medium term,” Rauball said.
Italy were close to losing one of their spots last season but was spared when Inter Milan lifted the trophy to save their blushes. This season our beloved Tottenham have entered the competition for the first time and have beaten both teams from Milan which has now proved to have devastating knock-on effects on Italian football