A strong finish to an initially fluctuating season saw the return of Champions League football to the Tottenham Hotspurs club.
The ‘usurping’ of Nuno Espírito Santo was to be the catalyst to an improving Spurs under Antonio Conte in the months to follow, inevitably sealing a top-four finish versus Norwich on the final day of the season.
Having featured in both the Europa and Conference League’s the past two campaigns respectively, Tottenham are once again within the midst of Europe’s finest. Charged with the challenge of making a lasting impression in the competition this coming season.
The other teams representing England in the Champions League next season comprises of Liverpool, Manchester City and Chelsea.
Which pot will Tottenham be in?
Let’s take a closer look at the possible teams Tottenham could face as a result of the pot they were placed in.
Pot 1 hosts the Champions of Europe, and the winners of the Europa League, being Real Madrid and Eintracht Frankfurt respectively.
The victors of their respective leagues are the final editions within pot 1.
These teams include Manchester City, PSG, Porto, Eintracht Frankfurt, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, AC Milan and Ajax.
Barring Manchester City, these are all teams Tottenham could come up against in the group stage.
Man City and Tottenham are a part of the same association, thus making it impossible for both teams to meet in the initial stages of the competition.
Tottenham find themselves in pot 2, accompanied by fellow Premier League teams Liverpool and Chelsea. Italian giants Juventus, Atletico Madrid, Barcelona, Sevilla and Red Bull Leipzig populates the list for the remaining members of the party.
Tottenham may therefore face either Borussia Dortmund, Red Bull Salzburg, Shakhtar Donetsk, Inter Milan, Napoli, Sporting CP or Bayer Leverkusen of pot 3.
Pots 2, 3 and 4 are determined by a club’s UEFA coefficient. At present, 26 teams have already qualified for next season’s group stage, with the remaining 6 teams to be confirmed come the final games of August’s playoff rounds.
Club Brugge and Celtic are the only two teams confirmed thus far in pot 4. Marseille will be enrolled in either pot’s 3 or 4 after the final 6 places are redeemed.
Here is a synopsis of the pots for next season’s Champions League group stage:
Pot One: Eintracht Frankfurt, Man City, Real Madrid, AC Milan, Bayern Munich, PSG, Porto, Ajax
Pot Two: Liverpool, Chelsea, Barcelona, Juventus, Atletico Madrid, Sevilla, RB Leipzig, Tottenham Hotspur
Pot Three: Borussia Dortmund, Red Bull Salzburg, Shakhtar Donetsk, Inter Milan, Napoli, Sporting CP, Bayer Leverkusen
Pots 3/4: Marseille
Pot 4: Celtic, Club Brugge