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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