Inter Milan are now very close to overtaking Man Utd in the UEFA Rankings following their Champions League win over Benfica.

The Nerazzurri secured their first win in the competition this season by beating the Portuguese side. Marcus Thuram scored the solitary goal of the evening.

On the contrary, Manchester United suffered their second defeat of the European campaign, this time at the hands of Mauro Icardi’s Galatasaray.

Former Nerazzurri goalkeeper Andre Onana endured another forgettable night, as his team succumbed to a 2-3 defeat at Old Trafford.

According to Calcio E Finanzia via FcInterNews, the Italian giants now have 88 points in the UEFA Rankings. They are only a single point behind the Red Devils who occupy the 7th place.

As the source explains, these coefficients will play a more significant role starting this season, and for several reasons.

First of all, the new Champions League format will see the highest ranked clubs placed in Pot 1 rather than domestic league champions.

Thus, Inter’s current position would land them a spot in Pot 1 in the next edition’s group stage draw.

Inter Milan Are Extremely Close To Eclipsing Man Utd In UEFA Rankings

Moreover, the two associations with the highest coefficients will earn an additional spot in next season’s Champions League group stage.

So if Inter and the other Italian clubs deliver the goods this season, we could well see five Serie A sides in the competition next season.

Finally, a solid run in the competition could gain the Nerazzurri access to the new Club World Cup format.