After a horrid run in the league, many Spurs fans and pundits had written off Mourinho’s men when it came to the race for the top four, with the hopes of Champions League qualification falling mainly on the Europa League.
Following Spurs’ disastrous result against Dinamo Zagreb on Thursday, Jose Mourinho will now have his eyes set firmly on the top four… and it’s completely possible.
Although Spurs suffered in the league from the end of January through mid-February, their strong start at the beginning of the season has kept them near the top four.
Moreso, Spurs’ strong run in the last five matches, in which they picked up the most number of points in the league (tied with Man City), the Lilywhites now find themselves just three points off Chelsea in fourth and one point off West Ham in fifth.
Compared to those rival clubs, Spurs arguably have a much easier run in to finish the season with our three toughest opponents, based on league standing, coming as Aston Villa, Manchester United, and Everton.
Chelsea, on the other hand, face Man City, West Ham, and Leicester while West Ham come up against Chelsea, Leicester, and Everton.
Although Spurs are eight points off Leicester, the Foxes still have to play Man City, West Ham, Man United, Chelsea, and Spurs. On top of that, Leicester has been known to ‘bottle’ qualification for the UCL, having done it in spectacular fashion last season.
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It’s also worth noting that, in the last five games, Chelsea have dropped six points, West Ham have dropped eight, and Leicester has dropped five. Spurs have dropped just three.
Although it may seem unlikely, it is totally achievable for Spurs to earn a top-four spot and qualify for the Champion’s League before the end of the season. As long as key players stay fit, the only thing holding Spurs back is… Spurs.