Opinion: Why Spurs should prioritise the Europa League next season

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After a disappointing season, Spurs managed to save face by qualifying for the Europa League on the final day as they drew 1-1 away at Crystal Palace and Wolves failed to win at Chelsea.

However, despite a sixth-place finish, Arsenal’s victory over Chelsea in the FA Cup final means that Spurs will now have to enter the Europa League second-round qualifying stage, playing out three matches before earning the chance to enter the group stages.

With Jose Mourinho at the helm, having won many titles in his career, people may see Tottenham as strong favourites to win the competition next season, but it ponders the question… should Spurs prioritise the Europa League?

I believe that Spurs should take the competition seriously as it presents another opportunity to fight their way back into the Champions League, a good chance for youngsters to gain minutes and experience, as well as a potential long-awaited trophy.

Jose Mourinho won the competition with Manchester United in 2017, proving that despite many people believing his style of play is outdated, he still has the capability to win big trophies when backed in the transfer market.

As Spurs will enter the qualifying rounds in September, starting their European season far earlier than expected, it will be important for the club to do their transfer business early, allowing new players to have time to settle and learn Mourinho’s tactics and philosophy.

It is well known that Mourinho does not take long-term jobs and was likely hired at Tottenham to fix the mess of last season and to win trophies in the short-term.

The Europa League is a perfect competition to win and lay down foundations to haul Tottenham back into the Champions League, as well as back to challenging for the Premier League title as they were three years ago.

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