It is Premier League fixture release day and Tottenham are, unsurprisingly, playing 19 teams twice next season. It is arguably not the most difficult schedule Spurs could’ve got, with a lot of their expected tougher fixtures spread out.
Antonio Conte will be hoping his side can climb the league table next season after a terrific fourth place finish in the 2021/22 campaign. Tottenham fans will also be hoping the Italian can end the Lilywhites’ 14-year trophy drought and they will have plenty of opportunity to do so.
Spurs will be aiming to go far in the Carabao Cup and FA Cup competitions, but Tottenham will also have a chance at winning silverware with the Champions League. The Lilywhites know all too well about reaching the final of the top European competition, as they did under Mauricio Pochettino in 2019 and they want to go one step further with Conte.
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The final of the Champions League will take place at the Ataturk Olympic Stadium in Istanbul, on Friday June 10, which is where Spurs will hope to find themselves. The preliminary round and first two qualifying round draws have already taken place, with the Lilywhites waiting to find out who they will first face on their return to the competition.
Tottenham will join the competition for the group stage, with fixtures running throughout September and October ahead of the break for the World Cup. The knockout stages then begin in February and run through to the final, in June.
football.london takes a look at the Spurs fixtures that will be affected by the Champions League group stages.
Matchday 1 – September 6/7
Tottenham’s first group game will come three or four days after their second match against a newly promoted side, in the 2022/23 season. The previous weekend, Spurs will welcome Fulham to N17, before facing their first Champions League opponent.
Matchday 2 – September 13/14
The following week will be Conte’s side second European tie, which will come a few days after their match against Man City. This will be a tough match for Tottenham, especially if their Champions League fixture is away, as it will mean traveling back to the capital before a trip to the Etihad Stadium.
However, Spurs’ next fixture is a home tie again Leicester and they will then have a couple of weeks break from European matches.
Matchday 3 – October 4/5
The third match of the group could be an even tougher week for Tottenham, with the fixture coming just a few days after the first North London Derby of the season. The first is a trip to the Emirates Stadium and it will be a week where Conte will be hoping to keep up the pace in both competitions.
Matchday 4 – October 11/12
Just a week later and the European matches continue, with the next being three or four days after a trip to the Amex Stadium, where Tottenham will face Brighton. A few days later Spurs will welcome Everton to N17, ahead of another couple of weeks away from Champions League action.
Matchday 5 – October 25/26
The last couple of European group games will be played at the end of October and the fifth comes after a weekend tie against Newcastle. The match will be played at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, where Conte will be hoping to continue Spurs’ expected solid start to the season.
Matchday 6 – November 1/2
The final group stage match of the season and although the Lilywhites will hope to have already qualified by this point, it could be all to play for. It will be another busy week for Tottenham as their sixth Champions League game comes a few days after an away match against newly-promoted Bournemouth and just a few days before their home tie against Liverpool. Conte will certainly be hoping he has the luxury to rotate his squad ahead of the game against Jurgen Klopp’s side.
If Spurs do manage to qualify from their European group, here are the following dates for the latter rounds of the competition.
Round of 16: February 14/15/21/22 & March 7/8/14/15 2023
Quarter finals: April 11/12 & 18/19 2023
Semi finals: may 9/10 & 16/17 2023
Final: June 10 2023
All listed fixtures can still change date.