When the draw is made in Istanbul, Turkey one week from today, Tottenham will find out who their Champions League group stage opponents are.
The opponents for the 2022–23 Champions League group stage will soon be known to Antonio Conte and his Tottenham team. The last round of qualifying began on Tuesday night and will end the following Wednesday.
The group stage draw will then occur on Thursday, August 25, at 5 p.m. in Istanbul, Turkey. Having missed out on Europe’s top club tournament the previous two seasons, everyone associated with Spurs will be watching next week’s draw in hopes of experiencing more memorable European nights in N17.
Tottenham might be dealt another difficult draw, this time in Pot 1, where some of Europe’s top teams, like Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, and PSG, could be found. So, exactly who might Conte’s team face in the group? SportEarly looks into it.
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The teams that have earned a spot in the Champions League group stage will once again be divided into four pots. The winners of the 2021–2022 Champions League and Europa League are featured in Pot 1, together with the league champions from England, Spain, Italy, France, Germany, and Portugal. Ajax, the Eredivisie champions, are in Pot 1 just as Real Madrid did by winning both the league and the European championship.
Then, a club’s UEFA coefficient determines its placement in Pots 2, 3, and 4. Currently, 26 clubs have already qualified for this campaign’s group stage, and the final six teams will be announced after the play-off round on Wednesday night.
Tottenham will thus be in which pot?
Tottenham’s club coefficient of 83.000 will place them in Pot 2 for the group stage draw. Spurs’ ranking has been enhanced by their run to the final in 2018/19 as their previous two European campaigns have not been successful. The coefficients are based on the performance of teams in European cups over the last five years.
Their place in the 2018/19 final is a major reason for their spot in Pot 2 rather than Pot 3, with Borussia Dortmund, who are in Pot 3, not too far behind at 78.000.
Here are the pots for this season’s Champions League group stage with the confirmed teams:
Pot 1: Real Madrid, Eintracht Frankfurt, Man City, AC Milan, Bayern Munich, PSG, Porto, Ajax
Teams involved in the play-off round and potential pot
The draw for the play-off round is as follows:
Qarabag vs Viktoria Plzen
Bodo/Glimt vs Dinamo Zagreb
Maccabi Haifa vs Red Star Belgrade
Copenhagen vs Trabzonspor
Dynamo Kyiv vs Benfica
Rangers vs PSV Eindhoven
Benfica will take the final place in Pot 3 providing that they get the better of Dynamo Kyiv over two legs due to their higher coefficient rating. If not, Rangers will be next in line if they progress past PSV, with Dinamo Zagreb, Red Star Belgrade and Marseille, who have already qualified, then waiting behind them.
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The other teams involved in the play-off round will go into Pot 4 if they progress, with Benfica leading the way for Pot 3 as things stand.
Who then can Tottenham acquire?
Man City, Liverpool, and Chelsea are out of the question since Tottenham will be unable to play opponents from the same association in the group stage. The Lilywhites’ possibilities in Pot 1 include Eintracht Frankfurt, Real Madrid, AC Milan, Bayern Munich, PSG, Porto, and Ajax.
Tottenham can then play one of the following teams from Pot 3: Bayer Leverkusen, Inter Milan, Napoli, Sporting CP, Borussia Dortmund, Red Bull Salzburg, and Shakhtar Donetsk. The identities of the remaining six teams won’t be made public until next Wednesday evening, with Club Brugge and Celtic being the only two clubs yet confirmed in Pot 4.
The above play-off round fixtures do highlight Spurs’ potential Pot 4 opponents, though, although Benfica would be a possible outcome from Pot 3 if they go through.
Matchday 1: September 6/7
Matchday 2: September 13/14
Matchday 3: October 4/5
Matchday 4: October 11/12
Matchday 5: October 25/26
Matchday 6: November 1/2
Round of 16: February 14/15/21/22 and March 7/8/14/15
Quarter-finals: April 11/12 and 18/19