Spurs move up in UEFA coefficient ranking but face potential nightmare pot three scenario next year

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Dom Le Roy

Tottenham Hotspur have been sensational in this year’s Champions League competition, qualifying for their first ever semi-final.

Spurs also still have the chance to make the final and maybe even scoop the trophy itself if they negotiate the next three big games in the competition.

Pochettino’s efforts haven’t gone unnoticed this season either, as Spurs have now moved up in the UEFA coefficient rankings, from 19th to 18th (UEFA).

The coefficients basically rank the teams in Europe based on how well they have done over the last five years, and these ranking determine which pot each team goes into.

Unfortunately, moving up a place does little for Spurs’ chances of a good draw next season, as they only leapfrogged Zenit St Petersberg, a team that looks set to finish top of their League.

This means that Zenit, and the other current league leaders Barcelona, Man City, Juventus, Bayern Munich, PSG, as it stands would go into pot one, along with the Champions League winners and Europa League winners.

Spurs scraped into pot two in the competition this season but will need things to go their way if they are to find themselves there again next campaign.

Sitting in 18th in the rankings, Spurs will need three teams above them not to qualify for the competition next year if they are to secure a pot 2 placement.

Roma and Sevilla both sit sixth in their respective leagues, representing two good chances for Spurs. However, Spurs may need both of these to lose out on qualification if Arsenal or Chelsea win the Europa League.

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The simplest scenario for Spurs would be to go and win the whole competition in order to qualify for a pot one position. However, whether Spurs make pot one, two, or three next season, they are undoubtedly heading in the right direction. With the regularity in which they have been securing Champions League football of late, Spurs are surely going to continue to climb the rankings if they maintain their high level of performance.

 

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