Tottenham and Man Utd's Europa League pots, confirmed teams and league phase draw date

Tottenham will be looking to get their hands on the Europa League trophy next May
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Tottenham will be among the favourites to triumph in the 2024/25 Europa League. Qualifying for UEFA's second club competition as a result of finishing the Premier League season in fifth, Ange Postecoglou's team will enter a rather different Europa League from September.

Having previously seen teams split into groups of four during the group phase of the competition, from next season teams that qualify for the main stage of the new-look Europa League will instead compete in a 36-team league. Facing eight different teams, the top eight advance directly to the round of 16 and the teams from ninth to 24th will compete in the knockout round play-offs for a place in the final 16.

All eyes will very much be on the new format in the Champions League, Europa League and Europa Conference League. Spurs are already one of 13 teams confirmed for Europa League league phase, with fellow Premier League club Manchester United joining them in there after beating rivals Man City in the FA Cup final.

Other teams to have already qualified for the league phase include: Athletic Bilbao, Real Sociedad, Eintracht Frankfurt, Hoffenheim, Roma, Lazio, Nice, Lyon, AZ and Porto. As a result of winning Wednesday's Europa Conference League final, Olympiacos will play in next season's Europa League.

There is still a possibility that Eintracht Frankfurt could be competing in the Champions League from September onwards, however. A victory for Borussia Dortmund in Saturday's Champions League final against Real Madrid would see their fellow German side elevated to Europe's premier competition in 2024/25.

Spurs will discover their Europa League opponents when the draw for the league phase is made on Friday, August 30. To establish the fixtures, all 36 teams will be split into four pots of nine based on coefficient rankings.

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Each team will then be drawn against two other teams from each pot, with one game coming at home and the other away. This in turn determines each team's eight league fixtures as they battle it out for a place in the round of 16.

So what pot will Tottenham be in for the Europa League league phase draw? As the pots are based on coefficient rankings, Spurs look on course to be in pot 1 for the draw in August.

The Lilywhites' coefficient ranking of 54.000 is only bettered by five teams at present, with Roma (101.000), Manchester United (92.000), Porto (77.000) and Eintracht Frankfurt (60.000) ahead of them. Lazio are also projected to be in pot 1 as their coefficient is 54.000 just like Tottenham's.

Pots for Real Sociedad, AZ, Lyon, Nice, Athletic Bilbao, Hoffenheim and Olympiacos still need to be determined. As Spurs will be set to come up against two teams from pot 1, Postecoglou's side could be in for some very tough fixtures considering the current sides already in the top pot.

Before the draw comes around, the Tottenham head coach will be hoping to bolster his squad in the transfer market this summer to ensure that they can go far in the Premier League and three cup competitions. On Tuesday, Timo Werner became the first player to join Spurs for the 2024/25 season after rejoining the club on a season-long loan deal from RB Leipzig.

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