Who can Tottenham can face in 2022/23 Champions League group stage?
Tottenham secured Champions League qualification on the final day of the 2021/22 Premier League campaign when they beat Norwich City 5-0.
It was something of a shock as Spurs had a pretty patchy season and just a few weeks back would drop points in ties vs Brentford and Brighton that meant Arsenal had a tidy lead in the race for 4th.
However, the Gunners then had a mini collapse of their own, allowing Antonio Conte’s side to swoop in and steal 4th.
Tottenham will now compete in the 2022/23 Champions League, but which sides can they face?
As is the norm, teams who qualify for the Champions League group stage will be split into four pots. Pot 1 contains the 2021/22 Champions League and Europa League winners, along with the league champions from England, Spain, Italy, France, Germany and Portugal.
But, as Real Madrid did win La Liga and the Champions League this season, Ajax are in Pot 1 as the champions of the Eredivisie. Pots 2, 3 and 4 are then determined by a club’s UEFA coefficient. Tottenham will be in Pot 2 for August’s Champions League draw thanks to their club coefficient of 83.000
At present, 26 teams have already qualified for next campaign’s group stage, with the remaining six teams set to battle it out in August when the play-off round finishes.
But, the pots for the 2022/23 Champions League so far are as follows:
Pot 1: Manchester City, Real Madrid, AC Milan, Bayern Munich, PSG, FC Porto, Ajax, Eintracht Frankfurt
Pot 2: Tottenham, Liverpool, Chelsea, Barcelona, Juventus, Sevilla, RB Leipzig, Atletico Madrid
Pot 3: Borussia Dortmund, RB Salzburg, Shakhtar Donetsk, Inter Milan, Napoli, Sporting CP, Bayer Leverkusen
Pot 3 or 4: Marseille
Pot 4: Club Brugge, Celtic
It is also worth pointing out that Tottenham cannot be drawn against sides from the same league in the group stage, meaning Manchester City will not be in Spurs’ group despite being in Pot 1.
Therefore, the teams the Lilywhites can face from Pot 1 are Real Madrid, AC Milan, Bayern Munich, PSG, FC Porto, Ajax and Eintracht Frankfurt.
They could then face all of Borussia Dortmund, Red Bull Salzburg, Shakhtar Donetsk, Inter Milan, Napoli, Sporting CP, Bayer Leverkusen and potentially Marseille in Pot 3. And, for now, one of Club Brugge or Celtic from Pot 4.
So, on paper, Tottenham’s easiest group stage draw right now would be something like FC Porto, RB Salzburg and Club Brugge.