Tottenham Hotspur will be looking forward to finally knowing their fate in the Champions League this evening, with the group stage draw set to take place.
UEFA have released the confirmed pot lists for this round on their official website, with Tottenham included in Pot 2 after they secured a top-four finish in the latter stages of the previous Premier League campaign.
While there is a chance for Spurs to get drawn into a group of death, they could also form one of the easiest groups on paper, such is the beauty of the draw. So let’s take a look at the best and worst case scenarios.
Worst-case scenario: Real Madrid, Inter and Marseille
Real Madrid have shown time and time again why they are powerhouses in this competition. Drawing them would undoubtedly be tough, but other options like Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain would not give the north London outfit a breather either.
Despite losing out on the Serie A title to AC Milan last season, Inter are certainly a stern challenger. They would further be boosted by Romelu Lukaku’s addition which has reignited his terrific partnership with Lautaro Martinez in the attack.
Finally, Marseille have been on an upward trend in recent years, and despite losing Jorge Sampaoli’s services, they have started well in League 1 this time around. They have also further bolstered their ranks with several additions and would pose a challenge to Spurs.
Best-case scenario: Porto, Shakhtar Donetsk and Maccabi Haifa
Porto, Frankfurt, and Ajax are the obvious standouts from Pot 1 but drawing the Portuguese club would be in Conte’s best interest at the moment,
Bayer Leverkusen have started their season poorly, whereas Sporting CP have had a disappointing start as well. Despite that, form usually means very little in cup competitions, making Shakhtar Donetsk or RB Salzburg ideal picks for Tottenham.
Finally, minnows like Maccabi Haifa or Viktoria Plzeň would offer Conte the chance to make use of his improved squad to keep his key players fresh for this prestigious competition.
Spurs Web Opinion:
Regardless of whom the opposition will be, Tottenham and Conte must prepare for the challenge that lies up ahead. Spurs have not been in this competition for a while, and the Italian manager has found the Champions League quite difficult in his previous tenures.
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