Why Arsenal could hand Spurs a nightmare scenario in the Champions League

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Dom Le Roy

Tottenham have qualified for the Champions League for the fourth season in a row after finishing in the fourth spot in the Premier League table, one point and position ahead of their North London rivals Arsenal.

What makes this an even better achievement is the fact that Spurs managed to retain a place in the top four while also qualifying for the final of the Champions League, despite the squad being decimated by injuries throughout the season.

However, Tottenham could get a nightmare draw in the group stages of next year’s competition as they run the risk of finding themselves in pot 3 for the draw if Arsenal win the Europa League.

Pot 1 consists of the winners of the top six European leagues (i.e Spain, England, Italy, Germany, France, and Russia), the winner of the Champions League and the Europa League. The other pots are decided based on the UEFA coefficient points.

Spurs currently find themselves in 17th place in the UEFA coefficient list at the moment. This means that if Tottenham fail to win the Champions League, they could be relying on Arsenal losing the Europa League final to ensure they get into pot 2 for next year’s competition.

Football.London claim that if Arsenal do win the final, and Spurs lose to Liverpool, then the Lilywhites will be relying on one of either Roma or Porto failing to qualify for the competition, to seal a place in pot 2.

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Winning the Champions League puts Tottenham in pot 1, and that is the only thing Pochettino’s men will be focussed on at the moment.

Even if Spurs lose the final and find themselves in pot 3 for next season’s draw, Spurs will fancy their chances of getting out of the group irrespective of how tough it is, as the team has shown over the past couple of seasons that they can beat anybody.

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  1. The same Roma who are three points and 6 goal differential out of the last spot with 1 match to go? It’s not impossible but also not worth the click bait scaremongering.

  2. Seriously.
    The only problem is for the the team from pot one and two. Pretty sure no team would like Tottenham in their group…


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