Why Spurs CL fate could depend upon Arsenal’s Europa League exploits

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Dom Le Roy

Tottenham are all but guaranteed of a place in the Premier League top four, after both Arsenal and Manchester United failed to beat Brighton and Huddersfield respectively on Sunday.

Unless Arsenal can overturn an 8 goal deficit with Spurs in terms of goal difference on the final matchday, Tottenham and Chelsea will hold on to the last two Champions League spots.

However, Tottenham’s seeding in next season’s competition could depend on how their North London rivals do in the Europa League.

Spurs were in pot 2 for the group stage draw last year but could find themselves pushed into pot 3 for next season’s competition.

If Arsenal become Europa League Champions, that would mean they would get into pot 1 along with the winners of the top 6 European Leagues and the Champions League winners.

According to a report in Football.London, if Arsenal win the competition, and Benfica win the Portuguese Primeira Liga, Spurs would be relying on all three of Porto, Sevilla and Roma to all fail to qualify for next year’s competition, in order to hang on to the last place in pot 2.

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Being in pot 2 is important to ensure that Spurs aren’t burdened with a very hard group.

We believe Tottenham can qualify from any group no matter how tough, being in a group with a couple of other top teams can adversely affect Tottenham’s league form at the start of next season.

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  1. I believe spurs being in pot 3 would hurt the rest of Europe far worse than Spurs. They proved last year they can come out of any group. 2 years ago we won our group in which we were paired up with Real Madrid. While I certainly understand y it is important to remain in Pot 2 I simply think it’s irrelevant as we have proven it the group doesn’t matter as much as if we show up or not for the matches


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