Tottenham Hotspur succumbed to a 2-1 loss to NS Mura in the UEFA Conference League last night.
Defeat in Slovenia means Spurs cannot finish at the top of their group. Rennes’ 3-3 draw against Vitesse was enough for the French team to qualify for the knockout stages of the competition.
Tottenham’s hopes of remaining in the league hinge on the final day of the group stage. Antonio Conte’s men face Rennes and they just have to match the result of Vitesse against Mura.
If Spurs can do it, they will advance to the knockout stages, which take place in February.
Who Tottenham could face in the next round of the Conference League?
If Spurs finish second in Group G, they will advance to the knockout stages of the round of 16 where they face one of the teams that finish third in their Europa League groups.
Not all groups for the second tier European competition have yet been finalized. We’ll have to wait for Matchday 6 results to be sure, but here are the teams that could potentially fall in the Conference League.
From group A, Sparta Prague or Brondby will move on to the Conference League, while from group B, it could be PSV Eindhoven or Real Sociedad.
Group C is much more open as any one from Leicester City, Napoli, Spartak Moscow or Legia Warsaw could fall. As the Foxes are from the same country as Tottenham, they will not be allowed to compete in the play-offs.
Fenerbahce will be the team from Group D of the Conference League, while Marseille or Lokomotiv Moscow could join Turks in Group E depending on the result of the final day of the group stage.
Group F is similar to Group C because three teams – Red Star, Braga or Midtjylland – could withdraw. Group G, however, is already settled, and Scottish giants Celtic will be the ones to try their luck in the Conference League.
The teams Spurs would like to avoid
Conte will back his Spurs squad to beat each of the above teams, but two-legged ties are always tricky. Anything could happen in such ties, which is not at all ideal for Tottenham.
PSV and Real Sociedad are quality teams in their time and are more than capable of getting a result over two sets. Napoli and Fenerbahce are also tough teams to face, especially away from home.
The side Spurs would prefer to avoid is Marseille.
Even fans of the Phocéens are not sure which side Marseille will be on. If the best version of Jorge Sampaoli’s squad comes along, they would imagine themselves beating any other team in the competition, including Tottenham.
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