Dimitar Berbatov makes Spurs Champions League claim

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Dom Le Roy

Tottenham Hotspur all but ended their hopes of Champions League football in their new stadium last week.

A draw against PSV left them on one point after three games, making it extremely difficult to progress in the competition.

Spurs will have to win all three of their remaining games, and still have to rely on Inter Milan dropping points.

Failing to qualify for the knockouts may end in a Europa League campaign for Pochettino’s men for the rest of the season.

However, some people believe that a Champions League exit isn’t the worst thing in the world for Spurs.

Dropping out of Europe’s biggest competition while the new stadium is being built could provide the perfect opportunity for some silverware in its trophy cabinet.

Tottenham are still fighting on three fronts domestically, and stand a good chance of winning a cup.

They are also sitting pretty near the top of the table in the Prem, with an opportunity to leapfrog City on Monday.

Former Spurs striker Dimitar Berbatov told Betfair: “As Juventus showed, the really good European teams know how to hold on to a lead, but that is somewhere Tottenham keep falling down in this season in the Champions League.

“After playing well to get back to 2-1 against PSV, they should have been able to see the game out, but the concentration levels slipped – as happened against Inter Milan – and it cost them again.

“I don’t think it’s down to a lack of experienced heads in the team – these players have plenty of Champions League experience now – but they need to work on the concentration as it’s not good when something keeps happening.

“Spurs will continue to fight for Champions League qualification while it’s still mathematically possible but it looks like a very tough task now with one point from three games, which means the next best thing is dropping into the Europa League.

“I know it hasn’t got the same prestige, but it remains a good competition and, as I’ve said before, Spurs need to win a trophy so it would represent a realistic chance to do that.

“But they will need to start holding on to leads first. And that’s about paying attention to the small details.”

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