Champions League football returns to Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in September after Antonio Conte’s side achieved a place in the top four last weekend. Spurs, who would miss Europe’s premier competition earlier this year due to their inconsistent form, have given their all in recent months to put Arsenal in last place.
After playing in both the Europa League and Europa Conference League for the last two seasons, Spurs are finally back at the top of Europe and will look to make a real impact in the competition next season. Until then, however, Conte and Fabio Paratici still have plenty to do in the transfer market as they prepare for a big 2022/23 campaign.
Tottenham will be joined by fellow Premier League clubs Man City, Liverpool and Chelsea in next season’s Champions League. Celtic also go straight into the group stage after winning the championship in Scotland, while Eintracht Frankfurt will be one of five German sides after beating Rangers in the Europa League final just over a week ago.
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So which pot will Tottenham play in in August’s group stage draw and who exactly could they be up against? football.london check it out
Champions League pots
As always, the teams qualifying for the Champions League group stage will be divided into four pots. Pot 1 contains the 2021/22 Champions League and Europa League winners, including champions from England, Spain, Italy, France, Germany and Portugal. Just as Real Madrid won the league and European Cup double, Ajax are in Pot 1 as champions of the Eredivisie.
Pots 2, 3 and 4 are then determined by a club’s UEFA coefficient. Currently, 26 teams have already qualified for next season’s group stage, with the remaining six teams set to be confirmed at the end of August once the play-off round is complete.
So which pot will Tottenham be in?
Tottenham will be in Pot 2 in August’s Champions League draw thanks to their club coefficient of 83,000. With coefficients based on clubs’ performance in European cups over the last five years, Spurs’ standings improved with their 2018/19 final as their last two European seasons were unsuccessful.
Their place in the 2018/19 final is a key reason for their place in Pot 2 rather than Pot 3, with Borussia Dortmund, who are in Pot 3, not too far behind at 78,000.
Here are the pots for next season’s Champions League group stage:
Pot 1: Eintracht Frankfurt, Manchester City, Real Madrid, AC Milan, Bayern Munich, PSG, Porto, Ajax
Pot 2: Liverpool, Chelsea, Barcelona, Juventus, Atlético Madrid, Seville, RB Leipzig, Tottenham
Pot 3: Borussia Dortmund, Red Bull Salzburg, Shakhtar Donetsk, Inter Milan, Napoli, Sporting CP, Bayer Leverkusen
Pot 3 or 4: Marseilles
Pot 4: Club Brugge, Celtic
So who can Tottenham sign?
Tottenham will not be able to play teams from the same association in the group stage, leaving Man City, Liverpool and Chelsea out of the question. Eintracht Frankfurt, Real Madrid, AC Milan, Bayern Munich, PSG, Porto and Ajax are all options for the Lilywhites in Pot 1.
Tottenham can then play Pot 3 against one of Borussia Dortmund, Red Bull Salzburg, Shakhtar Donetsk, Inter Milan, Napoli, Sporting CP or Bayer Leverkusen, with Marseille possibly also included depending on who else qualifies for the Champions League . Club Brugge and Celtic are currently the only two clubs confirmed in Pot 4 and only after the play-off round in August will the identities of the other six sides be revealed.