Monday 16 September 2019

Spurs facing tough draw

Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino. Photo: Adam Davy/PA
Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino. Photo: Adam Davy/PA

Tottenham Hotspur are the English team at most risk of the toughest Uefa Champions League group during this evening's draw.

Premier League champions Manchester City have pot-one status, along with Liverpool and Chelsea, thanks to their Champions and Europa League titles respectively.

Their favourable rankings means those three clubs will avoid the Spanish, German, Italian and French title winners.

Spurs, despite making last season's final, find themselves in pot two, guaranteeing them, at least, of avoiding Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid.

Outside pot one, the rankings are decided in rank order of the remaining 24 clubs' European coefficient which is a calculation of their performance in the Champions League and Europa League over the past five years.

No two teams from the same association can be drawn together at this stage - so there will be no English derbies just yet.

Antonio Conte's Inter Milan will be in pot three, setting up a potential draw against former club, Chelsea.

There will also be awards for the Uefa men's and women's players of the year and the Champions League goalkeeper, defender, midfielder and striker of the season.

The draw will be held at 5.0. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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