Seeded Spurs face dangers in Champions League draw

Tottenham Hotspur will be seeded for this morning's draw for the final qualifying round of the Champions League, although they could still face testing opposition as they bid to make the group stage for the first time.

Spurs have five possible unseeded opponents in today's draw in Switzerland: Sampdoria, Dynamo Kiev, Auxerre, Sporting Braga or Swiss side Young Boys. The most challenging would appear to be Sampdoria, who finished fourth in Italy's Serie A last season, and Ukrainian league runners-up Dynamo Kiev. Sampdoria have a new coach in Domenico di Carlo, who won much praise during the last two years in charge of Chievo and has replaced Luigi del Neri after he left for Juventus. The Genoa side also boast formidable firepower in the former Real Madrid striker Antonio Cassano and Italy international Giampaolo Pazzini, while former Spurs defender Reto Ziegler, who spent three years at White Hart Lane between 2004 and 2007, is also a first-team regular.

Dynamo played in the group stages last season in the same quartet as Barcelona and eventual winners Internazionale, against whom they secured a 2-2 draw at San Siro.

Braga, runners-up in the Portuguese Liga last season and conquerors of Celtic this week, faced Spurs in the 2006-07 Uefa Cup, with the Premier League side winning 6-4 on aggregate. French side Auxerre, who finished third in Ligue 1 last season, have experienced coach Jean Fernandez in charge, while Young Boys' relative lack of experience at this level makes them, on paper at least, the most favourable opponents for Harry Redknapp's side, despite beating Fenerbahce in Istanbul to secure their place in the play-offs.

Seville, Werder Bremen, Zenit St Petersburg and Ajax, managed by former Spurs coach Martin Jol, complete the seeds. The first leg of the play-offs takes place on 17-18 August, days after the start of the new Premier League season, with the return legs scheduled for the following week.

PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

Karen Tumulty explores the power dynamics of the two first families
Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
Jennifer Saunders and Kate Moss join David Walliams on set for TV adaptation of The Boy in the Dress

The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

Walliams' story about a boy who goes to school in a dress will be shown this Christmas
La Famille Bélier is being touted as this year's Amelie - so why are many in the deaf community outraged by it?

Deaf community outraged by La Famille Bélier

The new film tells the story of a deaf-mute farming family and is being touted as this year's Amelie
10 best high-end laptops

10 best high-end laptops

From lightweight and zippy devices to gaming beasts, we test the latest in top-spec portable computers
Michael Carberry: ‘After such a tough time, I’m not sure I will stay in the game’

Michael Carberry: ‘After such a tough time, I’m not sure I will stay in the game’

The batsman has grown disillusioned after England’s Ashes debacle and allegations linking him to the Pietersen affair
Susie Wolff: A driving force in battle for equality behind the wheel

Susie Wolff: A driving force in battle for equality behind the wheel

The Williams driver has had plenty of doubters, but hopes she will be judged by her ability in the cockpit
Adam Gemili interview: 'No abs Adam' plans to muscle in on Usain Bolt's turf

'No abs Adam' plans to muscle in on Usain Bolt's turf

After a year touched by tragedy, Adam Gemili wants to become the sixth Briton to run a sub-10sec 100m
Calls for a military mental health 'quality mark'

Homeless Veterans campaign

Expert calls for military mental health 'quality mark'
Racton Man: Analysis shows famous skeleton was a 6ft Bronze Age superman

Meet Racton Man

Analysis shows famous skeleton was a 6ft Bronze Age superman
Garden Bridge: St Paul’s adds to £175m project’s troubled waters

Garden Bridge

St Paul’s adds to £175m project’s troubled waters
Stuff your own Christmas mouse ornament: An evening class in taxidermy with a festive feel

Stuff your own Christmas mouse ornament

An evening class in taxidermy with a festive feel
Joint Enterprise: The legal doctrine which critics say has caused hundreds of miscarriages of justice

Joint Enterprise

The legal doctrine which critics say has caused hundreds of miscarriages of justice
Freud and Eros: Love, Lust and Longing at the Freud Museum: Objects of Desire

Freud and Eros

Love, Lust and Longing at the Freud Museum