After yesterday afternoon’s 2-2 draw at home to West Brom the door is beginning to close on Tottenham’s bid for another season in the Champions League. Manchester City now look comfortable favourites for fourth position but by no means are Tottenham being written off. However, after Saturday’s draw it is looking very difficult for Tottenham – especially if we take into consideration their upcoming fixtures. As the season draws to its conclusions, the Tottenham board and senior management have to consider the consequences of not reaching the Champions League next season. It must be a worry for Harry Redknapp, after the success of their début season, Tottenham may find it increasingly difficult to win a place back in Europe’s elite competition.
The Tottenham fans certainly have the appetite for the competition, and they crave more. This has had a lot to do with how well Tottenham equipped themselves in the competition. Wins over European Champions Inter Milan and AC Milan gave the fans the confidence to believe their side could go further in the competition. Whatever the reasons for their defeat to Real Madrid, the fans must feel that they have unfinished business in the competition. It is difficult to imagine White Hart Lane buzzing in the same way in the Europa League. Will the fans have the passion for the competition, will the players have the same buzz on Thursday evenings and will the quality of the opposition give the fans value for money? Even Anfield, one of the greatest European stadiums lacks atmosphere in the Europa League. It has to be a fear for the Tottenham board.
If Tottenham do finish in fifth position this season and Manchester City make the Champions League, Spurs may well struggle to catch City. Manchester City will continue to spend big, and with the pull of Champions League football Manchester City wont struggle to attract some more of the world’s greatest footballers. With funds being tied up in a new stadium, Tottenham could find themselves struggling to compete with Manchester City and may find themselves cut adrift. Added to this, Liverpool will no doubt strengthen in the summer, whilst Tottenham, without Champions League football may not have the same strength to both keep players and invest in new talent.
The Tottenham board and management must consider these consequences of Europa League football next season, and consider them seriously. If they do finish fifth next season, would it be right to put a new stadium on hold until they return to the competition? It would free up funds to invest and compete for Champions League football next season. Tottenham may yet qualify for the Champions League this season, and if they best Manchester City at Eastlands, who would bet against them doing it? However, Tottenham are dropping silly points against teams they should defeat and it could be this that ultimately costs them this season. The board has to forget about the adventures of this season’s Champions League run for the time being. The squad knows what it takes to compete and they know what the prize is, something that may help them in the running. However, all bases need to be covered. If Tottenham do not qualify for the Champions League next season, it could be a very long summer for the club.
Article courtesy of Tom at This Is Futbol
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