Is there a bright side?

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Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Dom Le Roy

It is no secret that Spurs’ season has pretty much come to a miserable close after a frustrating whitewash at the hands of league leaders Chelsea. Our league ambitions were to reach and then prosper in the Champions League, but clearly, we will not be doing that this season. We were at arm’s length before the game against Norwich. A win would have put us joint 4th and ultimately edge us further to our task. However, one of the most dire Tottenham performances all season at Carrow Road lead to a 1-0 loss and now we find ourselves here, 5th place and 6 points behind fourth spot.

An addition to all the cons of this season, Chelsea rubbed salt in the wounds of our Premier League woes. However it isn’t all doom and gloom. In between League matches, we found ourselves pulling off one of this season’s most notable comebacks at home against FC Dnipro. After going 2-0 down on aggregate at the opening of the second half, the lads pulled back the victory and saw us through to the next round. Alas, the silver lining in Tottenham’s dark cloud. The Europa League. In the midst of this, our next fixture is undoubtedly the toughest game so far in the competition. Benfica, who are top of Liga Portugesa, 5 points clear of Sporting Lisbon are our next opponent. Benfica are certainly a side to be reckoned with. Even if we defeat Benfica, European giants Juventus, Napoli and a host of others lay in our wake.

But we need no negativity. That is all we have got all season round. With the Premier League leaving us hot and bothered, the Europa League will be a chance of getting that sense of pride and victory we deserve and need so much. Not to mention it will be a piece of long requested silverware. Another team that caught my eye (and not for the better), was FC Basel. Wind the clocks back to last season. We were knocked out of the Europa League by Basel who went on to be eliminated by Chelsea. Basel are still in the cup. Despite losing their key player Mohammed Salah to, guess who, Chelsea, they are still in exceptional form.

Overall as a pretty average season draws to a close, we look on to see what the Europa League can bring us. Upwards and onwards for the Spurs!

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