Tottenham are the only London club to be involved in the Champions League this season, with both Arsenal and Chelsea being consigned to Europa League football.
Spurs continue to be London’s flag bearers in Europe’s elite club competition after they thrashed Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund 4-0 over two legs to qualify for the quarter final .
Spurs currently look on course to finish as the top placed London club for a second consecutive season, as they find themselves in third spot, ahead of Arsenal and Chelsea in 5th and 6th positions respectively.
It is clear that both Arsenal and Chelsea have ground to make up in order to catch Spurs but Chelsea’s hopes of improving their squad was dealt a massive blow last month when FIFA’s Disciplinary Committee issued a two-window transfer ban to the Blues in relation to 29 cases where they were found to have breached regulations relating to the international transfer and registration of players under the age of 18.
Chelsea had rejected FIFA’s accusations and launched an appeal against the sanctions. They were hoping that the transfer ban would not be applicable until their appeal is heard but football’s governing body has denied the request and the Blues’ transfer window ban will stand during the appeals process.
This means that the Blues will not be able to add to their squad in the next two windows, and are likely to lose their best player in Eden Hazard.
Should this be the case, Spurs fans will be hoping that they pull further away from their London rivals if they are to strengthen their squad while Chelsea are unable to do so.