By some bizarre twist of UEFA coefficient trickery Ajax, one of last year’s beaten semi-finalists, find themselves contesting one of the play-offs tonight to secure a berth in the lucrative group stages of the tournament.
Tonight’s matches include Linz v Club Brugge and Apoel’s face off with Ajax. Do the Dutch Champions have enough about them to have another strong season minus the likes of De Light and De Jong? They were a beacon for all that is great about football last term and it would be a disaster to see them fail to qualify after contributing so much to the tournament.
Also in action tonight are Cluj – conquerors of Celtic – up against Slavia Prague.
UEFA Champions League Qualifying Play-off – Tuesday at 7.45pm on BT Sport 2.