‘Very wrong’ – Ryan Mason responds to his preference of European competition for Spurs

Ryan Mason will lead Tottenham Hotspur into a key fixture this weekend which could go some way to deciding their fate of playing in European football next season.

Tottenham head to Aston Villa tomorrow afternoon in sixth place in the Premier League table, while Villa who have played the same amount of fixtures are only three points behind in eighth.

Any hopes of a return to the Champions League are all over for Tottenham after a series of poor results have left them with an almost mathematically impossible task of chasing down Manchester United.

With Liverpool occupying fifth place and five points better off with three games remaining, Tottenham are battling it out for a place in the Europa League or Europa Conference League.

A sixth-place finish would usually mean a place in Europa Conference League qualification, however with Manchester United set to face rivals Manchester City in the FA Cup final and will finish in the top five, their Europa League qualifying spot for winning the competition will be passed down to the next highest Premier League finisher who doesn’t qualify for Europe.

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Also, because United won the Carabao Cup and will likely finish in the top five, their Europa Conference League qualifying spot from that competition will go to the next highest Premier League finisher without European football, so seventh place.

Mason had insisted it would be wrong to downplay the importance of any other European competition and highlighted the impressive work Jose Mourinho has done with Roma in the Europa League with his side having one foot in the final after beating Bayer Leverkusen 1-0 in the first leg yesterday.

He told Football.London: “We’re in a moment where we need to finish as high as possible and get as many results as we can. It would be very wrong for any club to speak badly about any competition. Jose Mourinho has done an incredible job in giving that competition a real status.”

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