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Champions League group stage draw could hand Chelsea and Tottenham three new teams

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Champions League group stage draw could hand Chelsea and Tottenham three new teams

Following their success in the playoff rounds, Benfica, Viktoria Plzen, and Maccabi Haifa  have qualified for the UEFA Champions League group stage.

Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur now have three new opponents to think about ahead of the group stage draw on Thursday.

The Portuguese giants advanced to the Champions League with a 5-0 aggregate victory over Dynamo Kyiv.

Meanwhile, Viktoria Plzen secured a place with a 2-1 win over Qarabag FK in the second leg.

Maccabi Haifa qualified for the Champions League group stage in dramatic fashion after a Crvena Zvezda own goal in stoppage time ended the two-leg playoff tie 5-4.

With a second day of games tomorrow night, three more clubs will be entered into the draw: Dinamo Zagreb versus Bodo Glimt, PSV versus Rangers, and Trabzonspor versus FC Copenhagen.

The six qualifying clubs will be placed in pots three or four, with Chelsea and Tottenham placed in pot two.

The Champions League group stage draw will take place on Thursday, September 25 at 18:00 CET in Istanbul, Turkey (17:00 GMT).

The draw will include 26 automatic qualifiers and six play-off round winners, the identities of whom will be revealed by UEFA on August 23 and 24.

This season’s Champions League campaign will be one of the last before a new format is implemented in 2024/25.

According to The Associated Press in May, UEFA has discussed the possibility of creating a “mini-tournament” with four Champions League teams to kick off the season.

The proposal comes as a result of UEFA’s decision to reconsider the Champions League qualification process.

Despite widespread opposition from fan bases and domestic leagues, the competition as we know it is set to undergo a controversial makeover.

The original proposal for the revamped format, which will begin in the 2024/25 season, would have given teams like Arsenal – clubs that did not qualify for European competitions due to their league finish – a chance to compete.

Because of UEFA’s club coefficient leaderboards, which rank teams based on their performance in UEFA competitions over the previous five seasons, it could have been a potential backdoor into the Champions League.

According to The Athletic, Europe’s top clubs and UEFA have met and are close to reaching an agreement. 

The general consensus was that only one season would be considered, though historical records would still be considered.

Overall, if Chelsea or Tottenham reach the Champions League final this season, it will be held at the Atatürk Olympic Stadium on June 10.

Champions League group stage draw could hand Chelsea and Tottenham three new teams

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