Tottenham have already learnt their fate ahead of the Champions League group stage draw as they already know a few teams they won’t be facing when the draw is made in August.
Tottenham sealed Champions League qualification for the first time in three seasons with their 5-0 demolition of Norwich in their final game of the campaign with Antonio Conte admitting it felt like winning a trophy.
- 🗣 “I like to fight to lift trophies, for me this is a trophy.”
Spurs can now look ahead to August, when the draw for the Champions League group stage is made.
The teams who finished in the top four across the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and the Bundesliga will all be put in the group stage.
However, Germany will have five representatives this year after Eintracht Frankfurt won the Europa League.
Elsewhere, the top two teams in France and Portugal have already qualified with the third going through the qualifying rounds.
The Ukrainian Premier League’s abandonment due to the Russian invasion meant their top two teams Shakhtar Donetsk and Dynamo Kyiv were sent straight through to the Champions League.
Russia will not have any clubs participating which has opened the door for Celtic to be guaranteed direct entry to the group stage.
Rangers, who missed the chance to qualify by losing the Europa League final, are at least sent into the third qualifying round rather than the usual second.
What are the Champions League pots next season?
Based on their coefficient, Tottenham will be placed in Pot 2 for the group stage draw alongside London rivals Chelsea.
Manchester City will be in Pot 1 after winning the Premier League while Liverpool’s future will be dependent on whether or not they beat Real Madrid in the Champions League final.
Should the Reds fall short they will end up in Pot 2 with Eredivisie champions Ajax the beneficiaries.
AS IT STANDS
Champions League group stage draw, pot 2
🏴 Liverpool or Ajax (if not pot 2, then pot 1)
🇪🇸 Atletico Madrid
🇩🇪 RB Leipzig
Bottom 7 teams all locked in Pot 2
— Dale Johnson (@DaleJohnsonESPN) May 22, 2022
Pot 1: Man City, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Frankfurt, AC Milan, PSG, Porto, Ajax or Liverpool.
Pot 2: Tottenham, Chelsea, Barcelona, RB Leipzig, Juventus, Atletico Madrid, Sevilla, Ajax or Liverpool.
Pot 3: Borrusia Dortmund, Red Bull Salzburg, Shakhtar Donetsk, Napoli, Inter Milan, Bayern Leverkusen, Sporting Lisbon
Pot 4: Club Brugge, Celtic,
N.B: Benfica (if qualify) will be in pot 3.
Potential Tottenham Champions League group stage draw.
For Spurs, it means (as expected) a pretty wide range of potential outcomes. Worst case scenario is a situation where Spurs get drawn in a group with clubs like PSG, Dortmund, and Marseille, or perhaps Bayern Munich, Inter Milan, and Red Star Belgrade.
Best case is something like Porto, Shakhtar, and Celtic, or perhaps Frankfurt, Sporting, and a low coefficient club that sneaks into Pot 4.
We’ll know more in time, but for now it’s just fun to see Tottenham’s name in that pot list instead of, y’know Woolwich or Manchester United.
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