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Do You Want Tottenham In Next Season’s Europa League?

As Tottenham face, what will presumably be their last Europa League game this season, against Benfica on Thursday evening, what are your thoughts on Spurs being in the competition next season? Do you want European football and the Thursday night Europa League experience for another year or would you prefer to give it a miss?

As things stand currently, Tottenham’s opportunity of a top-4 finish and qualification for next season’s Champions League are remote. They are 7 points behind Manchester City in 4th and they have 3 matches in hand. Spurs are only 2 points ahead of Everton in 5th place but have played two games more while Manchester United are 5 points adrift with one game in hand.

Would you prefer Tottenham to drop out of the Europa League places?

I am finding it difficult to decide what would be best this year. I have always wanted Tottenham in European competition and for so many years we longed for European games and so it seems amiss to now regard the Europa League as a hindrance to our main goal of a Champions League finish.

For Europa League

  • In the words of the great Bill Nicholson,

It’s magnificent to be in Europe, and this club – a club like Tottenham Hotspur – if we’re not in Europe…. we’re nothing, we’re nothing.

  • Next season, the winners of the Europa League will get a place in the following season’s Champions League competition.
  • Spurs have a large squad and should be able to cope with the extra games which can provide experience for young players.
  • It’s another competition which we might be able to win with a favourable draw.
  • European football might be a plus when trying to sign players in the summer.

Against Europa League

  • It creates an over-loaded fixture list with the possibility of extensive travel as Spurs discovered this season. To reach the final of the Europa League would entail 17 matches.
  • Too many meaningless matches against small teams from far-away countries in the early stages of the competition.
  • With the additional matches comes the possibility of injury and overuse of crucial players.
  • The Thursday night games provide little time for recovery and preparation for the following weekend’s game.
  • A poor return from games on the Sunday, played less than 72 hours after a Europa League game – Spurs have lost 6 and drawn 1 of their 11 matches after a Europa League night.
  • The only season in which Tottenham have qualified for and played in the Champions League, was when they didn’t have the distraction of the Europa League in 2009-10. They finished 4th in 2011-12 but Harry Redknapp had played weakened teams and failed to make it out of the group stage so Spurs didn’t have the distraction of European games in the second half of the season but still finished the poorly, missing out on a higher league finish.
  • Clubs dropping down from the Champions League makes a nonsense of the Europa League.
  • Liverpool have benefited this year with not playing in the Europa League and are taking advantage.
  • Some possible signings may not want to join a club without European football.

Do You Want Tottenham In Next Season’s Europa League?

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  • Eddus

    You are confident we’ll actually qualify for the Europa then?

    Of course we should always try and play in the bigger arenas and to the wider European and world wide audience. Makes sound business sense and attractive to sqaud retention and atracting fresh players.
    Keeps a large squad motivated and can aid youth devolpment with playing fringe players.
    Its good that teams drop out from the Champions league into the Europa as it raises the quality of the competition.

    By the way- what bright spark sold Caulker- we’d have annother centre back available for tonight- COYS

    • Logan Holmes

      No – I’m not actually all that confident that we’ll make it into the EL.

      Was a poor decision to sell Caulker unless we’ve a buy back clause – defenders available for Benfica game – Naughton, Rose and Fryers – not a good position to be in. COYS!

  • jim smith

    On balance, yes, and despite having League games moved from Saturdays to Sundays. Think 5th or 6th will be needed. 6th because Manchester City won the League Cup and the runners up don’t qualify.
    The Europa League is useful experience for if/when we get into the Champions League. It is also an opportunity to win a trophy, and Spurs can’t really afford to pick and choose which one they would like to win. Remember too that 4th in the League only gets you into a Champions League play-off, if you lose you go back to the Europa League. So it’s only the top 3 that guarantee Champions League. Also, as you say, the Europa League winners from next season. Think Spurs only really likely to get regular(ish) Champions League when they complete the new stadium, without too much debt, and have higher income levels to plough back into the team. Think they have to be in the Europa League if not in the Champions League.
    Think 3 teams are in the running for 5th or 6th – Spurs, Everton, Manchester United. Not sure we will be in the top 6.

    • Logan Holmes

      Agree with your doubts over a top 6 finish – don’t think the desire or organisation is there in the team to get results to the end of the season with WC looming for some players and many considering their futures at the club.

      We so wanted European football or so many, many years but now are willing to throw it away. Would be great if we had a real run in EL but it won’t be this year. COYS!

  • Frank McPolin

    I’d rather be in with a shout of winning the Europa, than achieving the ‘glory’ of getting out of a champions league group, because do you see is getting far in the knockout stages? ‘Bout time we started understanding our place in the footballing world.

    We have a big enough squad to play kids and reserves until the Champions League dropouts turn up.

    • Logan Holmes

      If we were to qualify for CL tomorrow, how would our defence cope against the top teams. Benfica showed us up last week and I fear Thursday’s result.

      Always like the idea of giving the EL a real go – hated it when HR sent out weakened teams.

  • smudger14

    What’s the difference of playing on Thursday and Sunday or Wednesday and Saturday cos I still can’t understand it. If we can’t handle playing in the Europa what makes us think we will do any better in the CL ……… COYS

    • Logan Holmes

      I don’t know but perhaps it’s because it’s always Thurs/Sun whereas in CL you can have Tues or Wed and Sat or Sun games.

      We had a very easy EL group stage this season with players rested but we still failed to get results the following weekend. In CL we would have to play our strongest team every time so presumably results would suffer then as well.