Who Tottenham could face in next season’s Champions League group stage

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Tottenham Hotspur narrowly missed out on being crowned as champions of Europe on Saturday evening after suffering a 2-0 defeat to Liverpool in Madrid.

Mauricio Pochettino’s side will once again be in the Champions League next season following their fourth placed finish in the Premier League, which was their fourth consecutive finish within the qualification places.

Pot one features the champions of each of European football’s six top leagues along with the winners of the Europa League and Champions League meaning that the Premier League will, therefore, have three teams in pot one.

The rest of the teams are seeded based on UEFA’s five-year coefficient score for performance in European competition, with the strongest teams in pot two and the weakest located in top four. One team from each pot will be drawn into the eight respective Champions League groups in the draw ceremony on Aug. 29.

After failing to beat Liverpool, Spurs will be in pot two for the 2019/20 competition.  They cannot face Chelsea, Liverpool or Manchester City in the group stages which means they will have one of Barcelona, Juventus, Bayern Munich, PSG or Zenit in their group.

Spurs will avoid Atletico Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, Napoli, Shakhtar and Real Madrid along with potentially Porto and Ajax if they come through qualifying.

The teams in bold are guaranteed to be in that pot.

POT 1: Liverpool, Chelsea, Barcelona, Manchester City, Juventus, Bayern Munich, Paris Saint-Germain, Zenit St Petersburg

POT 2 (provisional): Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, FC Porto*, Tottenham Hotspur, Borussia Dortmund, Napoli, Shakhtar Donetsk, Ajax*

POT 3 (provisional)Benfica, Dynamo Kiev*, Lyon, Bayer Leverkusen, FC Salzburg, Valencia, Inter Milan, Celtic*

POT 4 (provisional)FC Copenhagen*, Dinamo Zagreb*, Lokomotiv Moscow, Genk, Galatasaray, RB Leipzig, Atalanta, Lille

*denotes must go through qualifying

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