New Champions League rule will relieve some pressure on Tottenham

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Dom Le Roy

Tottenham Hotspur have been flying high in the Champions League this season, making it all the way to their first ever semi-final in the competition.

Spurs beat Inter Milan and PSV, as well as drawing away to Barcelona in their group, before eliminating both Borussia Dortmund and Man City in the knock-out rounds.

The Lilywhites now have a chance to make history and reach the Champions League final, but only if they can put in a big performance away to Ajax on Wednesday.

Unfortunately, Spurs have not reached the same heights of late in the Premier League, as they have struggled to maintain any kind of form.

After the 1-0 loss to Bournemouth yesterday, Tottenham sit precariously in third, with Chelsea, Arsenal, and Man United ready to make up ground today.

Spurs may need a win on the last day against Everton to secure a top-four spot, but a new Champions League rule for 2019/20 may alleviate some pressure.

UEFA announced earlier this season that they have now scrapped play-off games for the bigger Leagues, meaning third and fourth in the Prem will now both grant a Champions League group stage spot.

This means that even if Chelsea overtake Spurs into third, as long as the Lilywhites nail down fourth, they will still make the group stages of the competition.

Just one win needed.

Spurs Web Opinion:

I think I speak for the majority of Spurs fans when I say that I really do not care whether the club finishes third or fourth, as long as they secure Champions League football for next season. The club would get automatic group stage qualification either way, and at the moment, with the new stadium complete, it is just about securing a steady revenue stream and fighting for the biggest trophies against the biggest teams.


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  1. It would be much better to finish 3rd rather than 4th and to finish above Chelsea and Arsenal as the top place London team.

  2. Finishing 3rd or 4th well…..

    I would rather be a hammer than a nail if I could I really would.
    SO 3rd or 4th doesn’t really matter for we are in the group stages next season of the Champions League
    Maybe even as Champions…..

    But to be honest being a hammer is not much fun. Ask any West Ham fan.


    Bellamy Lafontaine.


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