Football of the Champions League returns to Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in September after Antonio Conte’s side managed to seal a top-four finish last weekend. Looking forward to missing Europe’s top competition earlier in the year due to their inconsistent form, Spurs really hit his step in the final two months to pipe Arsenal to the final position.
Having played in both the European League and the European Conference League in the past two seasons, Spurs are finally back at the top table in Europe and will be looking to make a real impression in the competition coming up next semester. Before then, however, Count and Fabio Paratici have a lot to do in the transfer market as they prepare for a huge 2022/23 campaign.
Tottenham will join the Champions League next season with Premier League teammates Man City, Liverpool and Chelsea. Celtic also go straight to the group stage after winning the league in Scotland, while Eintracht Frankfurt will be one of five German teams after defeating Rangers in the Europa League final just over a week ago.
So, in what pot will Tottenham be for the August group draw and against whom exactly could they meet? football.london look.
Pots of the Champions League
As always, the teams that qualify for the group stage of the Champions League will be divided into four pots. Pot 1 contains the 2021/22 Champions League and Europa League winners, with the league champions of England, Spain, Italy, France, Germany and Portugal also included in there. As Real Madrid made the league and European double, Ajax are in Pot 1 as the champions of the Eredivisie.
Pots 2, 3 and 4 are then determined by the club’s UEFA coefficient. Currently 26 teams have already qualified for the group stage of the next campaign, where the remaining six teams will be confirmed at the end of August when the final round ends.
So in which pot will Tottenham be?
Tottenham will be in Pot 2 for the August Champions League draw thanks to their club coefficient of 83,000. With the coefficients based on the performance of clubs in European Cups over the last five years, Spurs ’ranking has been boosted by their run to the final back in 2018/19 as their past two European campaigns have not been successful.
Their place in the 2018/19 final is a major reason for their place in Pot 2 rather than Pot 3, with Borussia Dortmund being in Pot 3, not too far away at 78,000.
Here are the pots for next season’s Champions League group stage:
Poto 1: Eintracht Frankfurt, Man City, Real Madrid, AC Milan, Bayern Munich, PSG, Porto, Ajax
Pole 2: Liverpool, Chelsea, Barcelona, Juventus, Atletico Madrid, Sevilla, RB Leipzig, Tottenham
Pole 3: Borussia Dortmund, Red Bull Salzburg, Shakhtar Donetsk, Inter Milan, Napoli, Sporting CP, Bayer Leverkusen
Pot 3 or 4: Marseille
Pole 4: Club Brugge, Celtic
So who can Tottenham get?
Tottenham will not be able to meet teams from the same association in the group stage, meaning Man City, Liverpool and Chelsea are not possible picks. Eintracht Frankfurt, Real Madrid, AC Milan, Bayern Munich, PSG, Porto and Ajax are all picks for the Lilywhites in Pot 1.
Tottenham can then face one of Borussia Dortmund, Red Bull Salzburg, Shakhtar Donetsk, Inter Milan, Napoli, Sporting CP or Bayer Leverkusen from Pot 3, with Marseille also possibly there depending on who else qualifies for the Champions League. Club Brugge and Celtic are the only two clubs confirmed in Pot 4 at present and will not be until after the August final round when the identities of the other six sides will be revealed.