Tottenham Hotspur may be waiting for the final of the Champions League against Liverpool on June 1, but their hopes of European glory in 2019/20 have received a boost before they even kicked a ball.
The last weekend of the Serie A was held on Sunday, with Atalanta and Inter Milan finishing third and fourth, sealing their place in the Champions League next season.
Roma, sixth before the final round of games, still had an outside chance of finishing in fourth place and qualifying for the best club competition in Europe.
But Inter's 2-1 victory over Empoli and Atalanta's 3-1 victory over Sassuolo meant that Rome remained in sixth place, despite their 2-1 win over Parma, and now they will have to settle with a place in the Europa League.
If Claudio Ranieri's team had managed to sneak into the top four through an unlikely set of results, this would have meant that Tottenham had been in Pot 3 in the draw for the next season's Champions League group stages. .
This is due to the UEFA coefficient on the Italian side compared to the north side of London: I Giallorossi reached the semifinals as recently as 2017/18, where they were defeated by Liverpool.
However, due to the inability of the Italians to qualify, the Spurs are now guaranteed to be in Pot 2 in the August draw and, in theory, face weaker opponents in the group stage.
Mauricio Pochettino's team could even be promoted to Pot 1 if they beat Liverpool in Madrid, since the winners are guaranteed to be the best seeds along with the champions of the six best leagues in Europe and also the winners of Europe League.
Until now, this would include Barcelona, Manchester City, Paris Saint-Germain, Zenit St. Petersburg, Bayern Munich, Juventus, one of Chelsea or Arsenal, and one of Spurs or Liverpool.
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