The Daily Mail have revealed that Tottenham Hotspur are set to overtake their North London rivals, Arsenal, in the UEFA rankings for the first time in 29 years.
Tottenham will begin their Europa Conference League campaign with a clash against Rennes on Thursday.
While the Conference League is not the tournament that Spurs would have wanted to be in, qualification did come as a bit of consolation after the Lilywhites edged out the Gunners to finish seventh in the final game of last season.
That meant that Arsenal failed to qualify for a European competition for the first time this century.
The Daily Mail explain this is set to impact the UEFA rankings of both clubs, which are deduced based on results within the last five years.
Arsenal are currently sitting in 12th while Spurs are one place behind in 13th before the new season kicks-off.
With Tottenham beating Pacos De Ferreira in the play-off last month to qualify for the group stages of the Conference League, the club’s tally is set to move to 80.5 points, which will take them above Arsenal for the first time since the 1991-92 season.
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This is scant consolation as we should not really be comparing ourselves with Arsenal, given how poor the Gunners have been over the last five years.
However, one of the reasons we should take the Conference League relatively seriously (at least when the knockout stage begins) is due to the UEFA coefficient points on offer.
Winning the competition could help us get more favourable draws in the Champions League and the Europa League in the years to come.
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