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Tottenham’s likely Champions League opponents ahead of next week’s group draw

Antonio Conte and Tottenham do not have to wait long to find out who their opponents in the 2022/23 Champions League group stage will be.

The final round of qualifying began on Tuesday evening and will conclude next Wednesday.

The group stage draw will then take place on Thursday, August 25 at 5 p.m. in Istanbul, Turkey.

After missing out on Europe’s premier club competition the previous two seasons, all Spurs fans will be looking forward to next week’s draw as they dream of more classic European nights in N17.

Tottenham, who has previously faced some of Europe’s best, could be dealt another difficult draw in Pot 1 with Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, and PSG. So, who might Conte’s men face in the group stage?

Uefa Champions League pots

The teams that qualify for the Champions League group stage will be divided into four pots, as is customary.

Pot 1 includes the winners of the 2021/22 Champions League and Europa League, as well as the league champions of England, Spain, Italy, France, Germany, and Portugal. 

Ajax are in Pot 1 as the Eredivisie champions, similar to how Real Madrid did the league and European double.

The UEFA coefficient of a club determines pots 2, 3, and 4. At the moment, 26 teams have already qualified for this campaign’s group stage, with the remaining six teams set to be confirmed after the play-off round on Wednesday evening.

Which pot will Tottenham be in?

Tottenham, with a club coefficient of 83.000, will be placed in Pot 2 for the group stage draw.

Spurs’ ranking has been boosted by their run to the final in 2018/19, as their previous two European campaigns have not been successful, according to the coefficients based on club performance in European cups over the last five years.

Their participation in the 2018/19 final is a major reason for their placement in Pot 2 rather than Pot 3, with Borussia Dortmund (78.000) not far behind.

Here are the pots for this season’s Champions League group stage with the confirmed teams:

Pot 1: Real Madrid, Eintracht Frankfurt, Man City, AC Milan, Bayern Munich, PSG, Porto, Ajax

Pot 2: Liverpool, Chelsea, Barcelona, Juventus, Atletico Madrid, Sevilla, RB Leipzig, Tottenham

Pot 3: Borussia Dortmund, Red Bull Salzburg, Shakhtar Donetsk, Inter Milan, Napoli, Sporting CP, Bayer Leverkusen

Pot 3 or 4: Marseille

Pot 4: Club Brugge, Celtic

Teams participating in the play-off round and potential pot

The draw for the play-off round is as follows:

Qarabag vs Viktoria Plzen

Bodo/Glimt vs Dinamo Zagreb

Maccabi Haifa vs Red Star Belgrade

Copenhagen vs Trabzonspor

Dynamo Kyiv vs Benfica

Rangers vs PSV Eindhoven

Benfica will finish  in Pot 3 if they defeat Dynamo Kyiv over two legs due to their higher coefficient rating.

If Rangers advance past PSV, they will be followed by Dinamo Zagreb, Red Star Belgrade, and Marseille, who have already qualified.

The other teams in the play-off round will be placed in Pot 4 if they advance, with Benfica currently leading the way in Pot 3.

So who can Tottenham draw?

Tottenham will not be able to play against teams from the same league in the group stage, ruling out Manchester City, Liverpool, and Chelsea. 

In Pot 1, the Lilywhites have options such as Eintracht Frankfurt, Real Madrid, AC Milan, Bayern Munich, PSG, Porto, and Ajax.

Tottenham will then face one of the following teams from Pot 3: Borussia Dortmund, Red Bull Salzburg, Shakhtar Donetsk, Inter Milan, Napoli, Sporting CP, or Bayer Leverkusen. 

Club Brugge and Celtic are currently the only two clubs confirmed in Pot 4, and the identities of the remaining six teams will not be revealed until next Wednesday evening.

The above play-off round fixtures highlight Spurs’ potential Pot 4 opponents, though Benfica could emerge from Pot 3 if they advance.

Round dates

Matchday 1: September 6/7

Matchday 2: September 13/14

Matchday 3: October 4/5

Matchday 4: October 11/12

Matchday 5: October 25/26

Matchday 6: November 1/2

Round of 16: February 14/15/21/22 and March 7/8/14/15

Quarter-finals: April 11/12 and 18/19

Semi-finals: May 9/10 and 16/17

Final: June 10

Tottenham’s likely Champions League opponents ahead of next week’s group draw

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