Sunday 11 December 2016

Spurs hoping for kind draw

Published 06/08/2010 | 05:00

Tottenham will be seeded for today's draw for the final qualifying round of the Champions League, but they could still face some testing opposition in their bid to make the group stage.

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Spurs have five possible unseeded opponents in the draw: Sampdoria, Dynamo Kiev, Auxerre, Braga or Swiss side Young Boys.

Sampdoria, who finished fourth in Italy's Serie A last season, and Ukrainian league runners-up Dynamo Kiev would appear to be the most challenging of Tottenham's possible opponents.

Samp have a new coach in Domenico di Carlo and players of renown such as former Real Madrid striker Antonio Cassano. Ex-Spurs defender Reto Ziegler is also a first-team regular.

Dynamo played in the Champions League group stages last season. Braga, runners-up in the Portuguese Liga, saw off Celtic in the previous qualifying round 4-2 on aggregate.

Auxerre have wily coach Jean Fernandez in charge, while Young Boys' lack of experience at this level makes them the weakest of the possible opponents. The other seeded teams are Sevilla, Werder Bremen, Zenit St Petersburg and Ajax.

UEFA will also hold the draw for the Europa League play-offs today, with Liverpool joining Manchester City and Aston Villa as seeded teams in the hat.

Irish Independent

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