Juventus pulled off an upset on Wednesday, knocking Real Madrid out of the Champions League with a 1-1 draw. In doing so, they may have made Chelsea's route to winning next season's Champions League a little bit more difficult.
UEFA changed the seeding process for the Champions League for next season, guaranteeing the league champions in Europe's top seven leagues a spot in top one. If the Champions League winner isn't among those seven clubs, they'd be the eighth team filling out the group. If the Champions League winner qualified for pot one domestically as well, that final spot goes to the champion of Europe's eighth ranked league.
With Real Madrid going out today, here's what the top two pots should look like in August:
Champions League seeds next season (if Barca win La Liga): Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Chelsea, Juventus, PSG, Benfica, Zenit, PSV.— Dale Johnson (@dalejohnsonESPN) May 13, 2015
Champions League pot 2 next season (as it stands): Real Madrid, Atletico, Man United, Porto, Arsenal, Valencia, Leverkusen, Man City— Dale Johnson (@dalejohnsonESPN) May 13, 2015
Had Real Madrid won the Champions League, they'd have replaced PSV in pot one, and Chelsea wouldn't have been able to meet them until the round of 16 at the earliest. As it worked out, Real will now likely be a pot two side, and with three English clubs making their way into pot two, they're one of just five possible opponents that the Blues could be matched with from that group.
One of those three English sides in pot two could still fail to qualify, as they'll still need to get through a qualifier in the summer. Pots three and four are still very much up in the air because of those qualifiers, but the full UEFA coefficient rankings can be found here.