Tottenham secured a spot in next season’s Europa League with their sixth-placed finish in the Premier League table (PL).
The sixth-placed end to the campaign has meant Spurs have avoided potentially missing out on European qualification if they had finished seventh, with Arsenal able to take Wolves’ place if they beat Chelsea in the FA Cup final this afternoon (talkSPORT).
Should the Gunners win the cup, they will join their North London rivals along with Leicester City in the tournament.
The claims that an Arsenal victory would knock seventh-placed Wolves out of the European competition and leave Tottenham having to qualify for the Europa League draw with an extra three games prior to the group stage draw itself.
If Arsenal win the FA Cup, Tottenham’s Europa League schedule would look like this (UEFA):
Second qualifying round – September 17.
Third qualifying round – September 24.
Play-off – October 1.
However, if Chelsea win the FA Cup, Spurs will begin their Europa League campaign in the group stage with matchday one taking place on October 22.
Spurs Web Opinion
It is not a nice feeling hoping that one of your rivals will win the cup, however, in this scenario, Chelsea are certainly the lesser of the two evils. Although we should really beat the calibre of teams which we would face in the qualifying rounds with our reserve side, it would be beneficial to avoid the extra games and potential travel which would come with the fixtures.
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