Moussa Sissoko has admitted it will be “painful” for Spurs to miss out on Champions League football for next season.
Tottenham are currently nine points off a top-four spot with only seven games remaining, so a place in next season’s elite European tournament is looking very unlikely (PL).
Although Sissoko admits it would be “painful” not to qualify, he also insists there are still opportunities for Spurs to close the gap on the top-four with eight games left.
“It would be [a major blow],” Sissoko told Sky Sports prior to the 3-1 loss to Sheffield United last night.
“We all want to win and play in the best competitions in the world, and we know it’s one of those. To not play that would be painful, but we are not there yet so there are still plenty of games to play, plenty of points to get until the end of the season, and we can still reach the target.”
However, the one remaining bright light is Manchester City’s expected UEFA ban which would likely mean the fifth spot will be good enough to qualify for the Champions League.
“Even before the break, I believed that we could get into the Champions League, but maybe we did not have the results that we wanted for different reasons.”
Spurs have qualified for the Champions League for the past four consecutive seasons and reached the final in the 18/19 campaign.
Sissoko has played Champions League football every season since joining Spurs but the reality of this season looks like Spurs may have to settle for Europa League football.
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There still are eight games left of our season, however, it is still a huge gap to close. If he had beaten Manchester United then things would have been different, but they look on top form and unlikely to drop points.
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