The potential change which could harm Tottenham’s future Champions League hopes

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Tottenham Hotspur fans will certainly remember last season’s Champions League campaign for many years to come.

Mauricio Pochettino’s side looked dead and buried after the first three games in the group stage but avoided elimination and also saw their fair share of drama during the knockout rounds against Manchester City and Ajax.

After a poor end to last season, Spurs scraped into the competition once again after finishing in fourth place in the Premier League table, a point ahead of North London rivals Arsenal.

However, Premier League clubs now face the prospect of the automatic places being cut from four to three under proposals being suggested.

Clubs in La Liga, Serie A and the Bundesliga would also be affected by plans to revert to three guaranteed places, with a fourth club having to go through qualifying, which will be discussed at a European Leagues meeting in London next week.

Lars-Christer Olsson EPFL chairman said to the BBC: “Neither do I think the big leagues – England, Spain, Italy and Germany – should have four teams who go straight into the group stages because it limits the opportunities for teams from other countries.

“It should be three and one into the qualifying round. If the fourth team is good enough, they will get through but someone else should have a chance of doing it as well.”

Opinion

Given how Spurs have started the season, fourth could be our best option of Champions League qualification.  If this spot was taken away in future it would have a significant impact on the club’s revenue.

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