Got to go for it, but it is in the way. Hopefully we will have an easier than normal champions league group and we will have qualified by the time this comes round.
By the time it comes around, the group will be finished. I can see the Watford game brought forward to the earliest possible ko that weekend.
The tournament is unofficially designed for the European and South American champions to play out the final, as they always did before it expanded. Doesn't always quite go to plan, but only teams from those continents have ever won it, and it's 7 years since the Europeans didn't.
Aside from all that, there is another space on the Wall Of Champions ready to be filled, just in time to show it off to the opposition for the big home league game in January.