Qualifiers and a play-off: Milan’s path to the Europa League group stages explained

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan did their part of the job on Wednesday night with a 4-1 win over Sampdoria, but Roma’s win at Torino put fifth place out of reach.

It means that the Rossoneri will finish sixth, and the Europa League qualification situation is now clear for the three Italian sides who will be involved next season as things stand: Roma, Milan and Napoli.

MilanNews reports that Milan will start from the second qualifying round: the draw will take place on 31 August and the game itself will take place on 17 September. If Milan win, then the third round is scheduled for September 24 with the draw on September 1.

There would then be a play-off round to reach the group stages, with the draw on September 18 and the game on October 1.

If Stefano Pioli’s side overcome all the obstacles they would join Napoli and Roma in the group stages. Both teams are seeded for the draw in Athens on October 2nd, being the teams with the best coefficient. The actual Europa League will begin on 22 October. The final is scheduled for May 21, 2021 in Gdansk.

Napoli and Roma still have a chance to qualify for the Champions League by winning the Europa League, and a win for the Giallorossi would mean Milan go straight into the groups.

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