Despite finishing the season as impressive runners-up in the Premier League, Tottenham will likely be seeded in pot 3 for the Champions League group stages next season.
In the Champions League group stage draw, 32 teams are seeded into 4 different pots of 8. Pot 1 contains the division champions of the top seven European leagues by nation co-efficient, as well as the previous winner of the tournament. Because the winner will be between two already crowned champions (Real Madrid and Juventus), the 8th spot in pot 1 will go to the eighth ranked nation; Ukraine. Therefore, pot 1 will be made up of Real Madrid, Juventus, Chelsea, Bayern Munich, Monaco, Benfica, Shakhtar Donetsk and Spartak Moscow.
Pot 2 is, however, much more complicated. Pot 2 will be made up of the next eight clubs with the highest ranking, based on the the UEFA co-efficient scores. Now, because Manchester United won the Europa League final, they claim a place in pot 2 alongside Manchester City and ahead of Spurs. Pot 2 will likely be made up of Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, PSG, Borussia Dortmund, Sevilla (Assuming they win in the qualifying round), Manchester City, Porto and Manchester United.
Unfortunately, due to Manchester United’s Europa League victory, Tottenham Hotspur will most likely be demoted to pot 3. The qualifying rounds in July and August will confirm Spurs’ fate and determine which other clubs could join Spurs in pot 3 and which teams will fill pot 4. But at the moment, Spurs could realistically be drawn into a group of death with Juventus and Barcelona, or Bayern Munich and Barcelona, or Real Madrid and PSG, or any other horrifying combination you can make above.
Which teams would you like to be drawn against? Do you want to face the big guns early, or do you want an easier group to find our feet in? Remember, teams from the same nation cannot be drawn into the same group.
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