Spurs await crucial Champions League draw
SPURS will discover their opponents for this month s make-or-break Champions League qualifiers tomorrow (Friday) when the draw is made in Switzerland. Harry Redknapp s Lilywhites could draw Dynamo Kiev, Braga, Sampdoria, Auxerre or Young Boys in the draw
SPURS will discover their opponents for this month's make-or-break Champions League qualifiers tomorrow (Friday) when the draw is made in Switzerland.
Harry Redknapp's Lilywhites could draw Dynamo Kiev, Braga, Sampdoria, Auxerre or Young Boys in the draw for the two-legged play-offs at 11am GMT.
Spurs are one of five sides to enter the qualifiers at this final stage, and one of 20 teams to be involved in the draw overall.
Tottenham and nine other teams are involved in the non-champions' half of the draw, where five seeded teams will be pitted against five unseeded teams.
Crucially, Tottenham have been seeded, due to a Uefa calculation which takes into account recent European and domestic pedigree, and the relative difficulty of qualifying for the Champions League through their relative leagues.
Spurs' seeding means they are unable to be drawn against fellow seeds Sevilla, Werder Bremen, Ajax or Zenit St Petersburg.
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However, Spurs could be asked to face Auxerre, who finished third in France last season, or Sampdoria - who were fourth in Italy's Serie A.
Like Tottenham, Auxerre and Sampdoria have also received byes to the final qualifying round.
Spurs could also face Ukraine's Dynamo Kiev, Portuguese outfit Braga or Swiss side Young Boys, who all came through the third qualifying round after last night's second-leg ties.
Dynamo Kiev won 6-1 on aggregate against Belgian side Gent, while Braga eliminated Celtic 4-2, losing 2-1 at Parkhead after taking a 3-0 lead to Scotland from the first leg.
Meanwhile, little-known Young Boys produced one of the shocks of the round by defeating Turkish outfit Fenerbahce, winning 1-0 away after seeing their hosts reduced to 10 men.
Spurs could find themselves facing some familiar names in their upcoming qualifier. Dynamo Kiev are captained by ex-Chelsea striker Andriy Shevchenko, while Sampdoria have former Spurs winger Reto Ziegler and Italy international striker Antonio Cassano in their ranks. Auxerre list ex-Liverpool midfielder Anthony Le Tallec and Mali international Amadou Sidebe among their number.
Tottenham's Champions League ties will be played in midweek on August 17/18 and 24/25.