Will Tottenham secure fourth place and Champions League Qualification?
Season after season, Tottenham have looked in a perfect position to secure fourth place. However each year has resulted in circumstances preventing European Qualification.
Manager Andre Villas-Boas has urged his players to forget about missing out on a place in the Champions League over the last two seasons as the Lilywhite’s prepare to fight for the final run-in of fixtures.
After qualifying for the Champions League in 2009-10, Tottenham finished fifth a year later. They claimed fourth last season but missed out on a place in the Champions League to Chelsea after the Blues won the competition.
This season his side look set to finish in the top four, however back-to-back league defeats has seen Chelsea leapfrog above them, meanwhile Arsenal have closed in from behind.
AVB however believes his current side have what it take to qualify for the Champions League this time round. The Portuguese manager has set a target of 70 points for his team, with this total he has assured qualification is certain.
By this reckoning, Spurs need 16 points from their last 8 Premier League matches. Is this a likely scenario? This weekend Tottenham face a tough away match at the Liberty City Stadium versus Swansea. AVB’s men will then play Everton (Home), Chelsea (Away), Manchester City (Home), Wigan (Away), Southampton (Home), Stoke (Away) and, finally, Sunderland at White Hart Lane.
It’s fair to say, Spurs have a very tough end to the season. It’s particularly important that they secure wins in some of the easier fixtures (Wigan, Sunderland, and Southampton).
On top of this, AVB’s side have the distraction of a potential Europa League run. The team are currently preparing for a quarter final match-up versus FC Basel. Further success in this competition will obviously draw some attention away from their league fixtures.
On the upside, the club will be boosted by Gareth Bale’s return to fitness after featuring for Wales on Tuesday.
In conclusion, based on Villas-Boas’ prediction of a 70 point boundary, I believe Tottenham will just about qualify for the UCL next season. Arsenal are just 4 points behind with a game in hand, any slip-ups from Tottenham could prove extremely costly. Like I’ve said before, it will be very tough, but I think AVB’s boys will just about do it.
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