The Serie A season is coming to a close on May 22 with action taking place throughout the weekend. We already know which teams will be heading into next season’s UEFA Champions League, though, as the top four spots are awarded automatic berths. Let’s take a look at the teams who have clinched their place in the 2022-23 Champions League.
How they got there: AC Milan clinched a top four finish long before the season’s end, but it took them until the final day of the season to claim the Serie A title. Rafael Leao and Olivier Giroud led the way in scoring with 11 goals each, while 40-year-old Zlatan Ibrahimovic followed closely behind with eight goals in 23 matches. AC Milan will be in pursuit of their eighth Champions League title, with the most recent coming in 2007.
How they got there: Last year’s Serie A champions finished in second place, just two points behind champions AC Milan. Regardless, they secured a top four finish long ago and will make another appearance in Champions League as they look for their fourth European championship. Lautaro Martinez led the team in scoring with 21 goals through 35 matches played. Edin Dzeko follows him with 13 goals in La Liga play, while both Nicolo Barella and Hakan Calhanoglu led the team in assists with 11 each.
How they got there: Napoli finished in third place in La Liga this season, locking up their first UEFA Champions League appearance since 2019-20. Victor Osimhen led the team with 14 goals through 27 games, while Lorenzo Insigne had 11 goals in his final season with Napoli. He’s been with Napoli since 2010, but has signed a deal with MLS side Toronto FC starting on July 1. Insigne also leads the team in assists with nine.
How they got there: Juve finished in fourth place in Serie A for the second consecutive season. These two seasons were preceded by nine straight Serie A titles as Juventus has amassed 36 league championships overall. In their first season since Cristiano Ronaldo left for Manchester United, Paulo Dybala leads the team in scoring with just 10 goals, while Alvaro Morata added nine goals and seven assists. Juventus will be making their 11th consecutive appearance in UEFA Champions League.