Tottenham fans can now start planning for the 2022/23 season following the release of the new Premier League fixtures last Thursday. Antonio Conte’s side start with a home game against Southampton on Saturday, August 6 before then traveling to Stamford Bridge to take on Chelsea the following weekend.
A home clash at Wolves is then on the agenda, with away trips to Nottingham Forest and West Ham rounding off August. September will be a slightly shorter month for clubs due to international football taking place, although spurs will still have five games on the calendar after securing Champions League on the final day of last campaign.
Following the release of the schedule for the upcoming season, Tottenham supporters will have to wait a little while longer until they discover their opponents in the group stage of Europe’s premier competition. A total of 26 teams have already secured their place in the competition, with the final six spots due to be decided by qualifying which comes to an end on Wednesday, August 24.
The draw for the group stage will then commence on Thursday, August 25, where Count and his Spurs team will find out who exactly they will come up against in the Champions League. As next year’s final is due to be held at the Ataturk Olympic Stadium in Istanbul, Turkey, UEFA have already confirmed that the draw will take place in the Turkish city at 5pm.
So which pot will Tottenham be in for August’s group stage draw and who exactly could they be drawn against? football.london takes a look
Champions League pots
As ever, the 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, with the league champions from England, Spain, Italy, France, Germany and Portugal also included in there. As Real Madrid did the league and European double, 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. At present 26 teams have already qualified for the next campaign’s group stage, with the remaining six teams set to be confirmed at the end of August when the play-off round finishes.
So which pot will Tottenham be in?
Tottenham will be in Pot 2 for August’s Champions League draw thanks to their club coefficient of 83,000. With the coefficients based on the performance of clubs in European cups over the last five years, Spurs’ ranking has been boosted by their run to the final back in 2018/19 as their past two European campaigns have not been a success.
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 next season’s Champions League group stage:
Pot 1: Real Madrid, Eintracht Frankfurt, Man City, AC Milan, Bayern Munich, PSG, Porto, Ajax
Pot 2: Liverpool, Chelsea, Barcelona, Juventus, Atletico Madrid, Sevilla, RB Leipzig, Tottenham
Pot 3: Borussia Dortmund, Red Bull Salzburg, Shakhtar Donetsk, Inter Milan, Napoli, Sporting CP, Bayer Leverkusen
Pot 3 or 4: Marseille
Pot 4: Club Brugge, Celtic
So who can Tottenham get?
Tottenham will not be able to come up against teams from the same association in the group stage, thus meaning Man City, Liverpool and Chelsea are out of the question. Eintracht Frankfurt, Real Madrid, AC Milan, Bayern Munich, PSG, Porto and Ajax are all options for the Lilywhites in Pot 1.
Tottenham can then come up against one of Borussia Dortmund, Red Bull Salzburg, Shakhtar Donetsk, Inter Milan, Napoli, Sporting CP or Bayer Leverkusen from Pot 3, with Marseille also possibly in there depending on who else qualifies for the Champions League. Club Brugge and Celtic are the only two clubs confirmed in Pot 4 at present and it won’t be until after August’s play-off round when the identity of the other six sides are revealed.
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
Semi-finals: May 9/10 and 16/17
Final: June 10