Tottenham’s trophy hopes

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Premier League or Champions League?

We all know that there are 2 big fights when it comes to the Premier League – the fight that goes on at the bottom of the table, when everyone is desperate not to get relegated and the fight at the top of the table, to be in the top 4 and qualify for the Champions League. Of course, getting 5th or 6th place will see you in the Europa League, but it is the aim for the best teams to get in that Champions League to pit their footballing skills against the best teams in the whole of Europe. Obviously, if you win the Premier League, then you are proving that you are the best club in England, but by winning the Champions League you prove that you are the best club in Europe.

Spurs in Europe

It is always exciting for Spurs fans when the team make it through to the Champions League. For a long while they were stuck in the Europa League. From 2010 until 2015 they never managed to get past 5th spot in the Premier League and, as such, were always playing in Europa. Excitingly, last year the club managed 3rd in the Premier League and made it into the Champions League 2016-2017, alongside Leicester City, Arsenal and Manchester City. However, they only managed 3rd in the group stages and were sent back down to the Europa League again, whilst the rest of the English teams made it to the knockout stages. This year, Spurs are hoping for a little more success.

This year, again, they have qualified by coming 2nd in the table, 7 points behind winners Chelsea. So, this is a big deal. They have been put in group H, up against previous winners, Real Madrid, as well as Borussia Dortmund and APOEL and this is where it gets even better. Last year they crashed out here, but this year is very different as they have managed a win and a draw with Real Madrid, 2 convincing wins against Borussia Dortmund and 2 fantastic wins against APOEL, which means they have topped their group and are through to the knockout stages, when they will face Italian giants Juventus on Feb 13.

Spurs haven’t shone so brightly for a very long time, so it’s time for those Tottenham fans to start getting excited. This is a huge opportunity to not just show that they can excel in the Premier League, but they can also compete at the very top level in Europe.

Premier League or Champions League

The best teams will always start the season with a lot to contend with – the Premier League, Champions League, FA Cup and League Cup, so they have to decide which is the top priority. Normally the League Cup and FA Cup are lower down on priorities, leaving the Premier League and Champions League at the top.  When thinking about your betting strategy, you need to prioritise the matches that you know the team will prioritise.

Obviously, being the top of the Premier League is a huge priority, as it is placing in the top 4 that allows you access to the Champions League. However, as long as you get in the top 4, winning it isn’t necessary. Cleary, it’s great to be League champions, but the real glory comes in winning the Champions League. Not only does this earn the club huge money deals and massive kudos, but it also attracts the best players from Europe and around the world and makes the team desirable to play for.

It isn’t uncommon for teams that fail to make the Champions League see their best players lose interest in the club and look for bigger and better clubs that have made it to the Champions League. In this sense, not only is it making the Champions League great financially, but also for the future of the club. You also have to take into account that if you do manage to win the Champions League, then you automatically get entry into the next season, meaning you don’t have to get in the top 4 of the Premier League to make it.

So, Spurs have made it to the top 2 in the Premier League, but now they have the chance to be number 1 in the whole of Europe. Is that better than the Premier League? Most definitely. Can they do it? They’re well on their way.

 

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