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After their success in the play-offs, Benfica, Viktoria Plzen and Maccabi Haifa qualified for the group stage of the Champions League.
Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur now have three new contenders to contemplate for Thursday’s group stage draw.
The Portuguese giant advanced to the Champions League with a 5-0 aggregate victory over Dynamo Kyiv.
Meanwhile, Viktoria Plzen secured a place with a 2-1 victory over Qarabag FK in the second leg.
Maccabi Haifa qualified for the group stage of the Champions League in a dramatic fashion after Crvena Zvezda conceded an own goal in stoppage time in the second leg 5-4.
With the second day of matches tomorrow evening, three more clubs will enter the draw: Dinamo Zagreb vs Bodu Glimt, PSV Eindhoven vs Rangers, and Trabzonspor vs FC Copenhagen.
The six eligible clubs will be placed in pots three or four, with Chelsea and Tottenham in the second pot.
The draw for the Champions League group stage will take place on Thursday 25 September at 18:00 CET in Istanbul, Turkey (17:00 GMT).
The draw will include 26 automatic qualifiers and six play-off winners, whose identities will be revealed by UEFA on August 23 and 24.
This season’s Champions League campaign will be one of the last before the new format is implemented in 2024/25.
According to the Associated Press in May, UEFA discussed the possibility of creating a “mini-tournament” with four teams from the Champions League to start the season.
The proposal comes as a result of UEFA’s decision to reconsider the UEFA Champions League qualification process.
Despite widespread opposition from fan bases and local leagues, the competition as we know it will undergo a controversial transformation process.
The original proposal for the new format, which will start in the 2024/25 season, would have given teams such as Arsenal – clubs that had not qualified for European competitions because the league had ended – a chance to compete.
Due to the UEFA leaderboards, which ranks teams based on their performance in UEFA competitions over the previous five seasons, it would have been a potential back door to the UEFA Champions League.
According to The Athletic, the major European clubs and UEFA have met and are close to reaching an agreement.
The general consensus was that only one season would be considered, although historical records continue to be considered.
In general, if Chelsea or Tottenham reach the Champions League final this season, it will be held at the Ataturk Olympic Stadium on June 10.
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